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July 24, 2009


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I work very hard to be sure my pre-teen girls understand the value of being healthy, rather than focusing on body shape. But societal images are everywhere, and they pick it up more from their friends and peer pressure than anything else.

I am glad you are writing articles to address this issue and continue to raise public awareness so that we all might ease up on the pressure pre-teen and teen girls face in an effort to "fit in".


This reminds me of a website I once stumbled across: http://theshapeofamother.com/. It shows photos and stories of real women and how their bodies changed after pregnancy - saggy boobs, stretch marks and all! I wanted to show the site to my daughter to prove more women DON'T look like ladies our media shows.

Recently I applauded a new lingerie web site that shows their items for plus sized women using PLUS SIZED MODELS. I hate seeing a size 16 dress modeled on a size 4 girl. (And I am a size 6, but it still bugs me!)

Sometimes we all forget what real people look like. I work very hard eating right and working out all the time and I should be able to look in the mirror and smile broadly and proudly, no matter how perky my breasts are or how my thighs curve.


Kids don't see Barbie as a mid-30's plumpy individual - if they did they would love her as a mom. Living life through a Barbie Doll allows the child to experience a sense of style, clothing trends etc. The economy may not allow the purchase of such goods for the child but the dolls can provide an avenue of expression through the personalities they develop for their dolls.

Glad to hear of Jeffrey and his concern for his daughter.
Thank you, Janice


Thank you Jeffrey, I am thrilled to hear from a Dad on this subject! Thanks for your insight on the importance of healthy messages and supporting individuality in our own homes. It sounds like you did a great job with your daughter.

Jeffrey Levine

This is a very funny post, about a serious topic. I'm not sure if a Dad's viewpoint is useful here, but here goes. I think that us parents need to be mindful of the messages we send to our kids, and less concerned with what the media and toy companies are pushing. My daughter, who is now a very healthy 21 y.o., had a pile of Barbies, which were naked most of the time, and she never saw them as potential "role models" or benchmarks of beauty. She gave each of them names, personalities, vocal ranges, talents, and used them in a very healthy way to explore her own interests. And I think that had to do with the healthy messages and support for her individuality she was receiving in her life, on a daily basis. Provide a strong, healthy, loving, accepting, non-judgmental home, and Mattel has very little chance of corrupting your kids. Thank you for bringing this amusing article to our attention.

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