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Ruined by Barbie 
29th-Apr-2010 08:51 pm
This is not a question about Barbie's affect on society as a whole. It is a question of if you think *my* collection of 25-year-old Barbie dolls is going to negatively impact my two-year-old, who recently found my stash and loves playing* with them.

They are not in the best of shape. Time has been...cruel.

Some of them look okay, if slightly dated. High tops and denim jackets? Oh yeah.

A few,  however, have suffered from some mild amputations, which I can assure you only minimally affects their pursuit of happiness.

I'm sure there's a big, ol' gray area here, but just go with your first instinct on this poll.

Poll #1558143 Barbie Dolls

Will playing with these Barbies at two years of age negatively impact my two-year-old?


*Note that playing consists of taking them out of the box and putting them back into the box. A fun game that can last for hours.
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30th-Apr-2010 12:00 pm (UTC)
Good thing I already have Child Protective Services Barbie to come in and take Skipper and the babies to Foster Parent Barbie, when the time comes.
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30th-Apr-2010 01:59 am (UTC)
Pffffff... Magic Bondage Barbie!


That actually came from a local newspaper article back from the holiday season of 2005. They were talking about how difficult it is for even the parents to get the goddamned blasted packaging open.

Edited at 2010-04-30 02:00 am (UTC)
30th-Apr-2010 12:01 pm (UTC)
Haha, I hate kid toys. You have to have a chainsaw to break them open, while the kid sits there and CRIES and CRIES.
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30th-Apr-2010 12:02 pm (UTC)
I don't have a GI Joe, but I do have a Glimmer (from She-Ra) and a Homer Simpson doll. I don't know how they got in there, but whatever. My brother wasn't into GI Joe. He was all about He-Man and those silly WWF wrestler guys. They used to beat up Barbie pretty badly. Wait a tick, maybe that's what happened here...
30th-Apr-2010 02:38 am (UTC)
Barbie didn't make me want a tiny waist and giant tits. Half the time I think my Bs are too big. Although, I wouldn't mind being a couple inches taller. :)
30th-Apr-2010 11:51 am (UTC)

Edited at 2010-04-30 11:52 am (UTC)
30th-Apr-2010 02:46 am (UTC)
No, I don't think she will be negatively impacted, but I do think she's a bit young to be playing with something with such small pieces. Mattel suggests ages 3+ for Barbie due to choking hazard.

I still have all my Barbies with their original outfits.
30th-Apr-2010 11:53 am (UTC)
Well, first, they put 3+ on a lot of things by default. A child under supervision is okay, especially if you know your kid and how she/he will react to small pieces.

Second, Emilia measures at 3 years old. So nyah. :P
30th-Apr-2010 02:52 am (UTC)
I said yes just to be argumentative. Nyah!
30th-Apr-2010 11:54 am (UTC)
Hey, I think you subconsciously made me say "nyah" to tenthz. So...way to go.
30th-Apr-2010 03:39 am (UTC)
Why would playing with Barbies negatively impact a two-year-old? Especially if all said two-year-old is doing is taking them out of the box and putting them back in the box? I agree with tenthz that you might want to watch out for small parts, but overall, I see nothing wrong with your child playing with the Barbies.
30th-Apr-2010 11:55 am (UTC)
My thought is that the amputated Barbies may scar her for life. Or jade her. I don't know. I'll let you know in twenty years how it all turns out. :P
30th-Apr-2010 05:54 am (UTC)
It depends a lot on how you frame it as a parent.
30th-Apr-2010 11:56 am (UTC)
"You see, Barbie just had a little accident. Her head was removed from her body, but she still carries it around with her in her hands. The moral of the story is: when you grow up, don't become a Rocker. Become a veterinarian. Or better yet, a neurosurgeon."
30th-Apr-2010 07:09 am (UTC)
Has someone convinced you that Barbie will have a negative impact on you daughter?

The way I see it, if you're a 'responsible' parent you'll also be teaching her how to value her body, respect herself and others and all that other fun self esteem stuff.

Barbie, is a good role model. She can do any job that she wants, be married, have a baby and get her stomach back really quickly and has some pretty great clothes and accessories.

BTW, your collection is pretty good!
30th-Apr-2010 11:57 am (UTC)
This is the first time I've ever mentioned Barbies to anybody outside of our house, actually. But I was looking at my dismembered cult collection and wondering how normal it is to play with headless dolls.

Barbie, is a good role model. She can do any job that she wants, be married, have a baby

And do it all without a left leg OR A HEAD!
30th-Apr-2010 12:09 pm (UTC)
Barbie and the Rockers!!! I still have that cassette that came with her. Hehe.

I'm certain playing with your Barbies will scar Emmy less than when I walked into the bathroom and found two Kens and a Derek bent over each other in the bathtub. What on earth were those kids doing?!
30th-Apr-2010 01:08 pm (UTC)
That's called EXPERIMENTATION, Mom. :P

I had forgotten about that cassette. I'm sure mine is either mangled in a box somewhere or (more likely) sold at a garage sale for a nickel about a hundred years ago when a nickel was like halfway to a package of Garbage Pail Kids.
30th-Apr-2010 12:19 pm (UTC)
First instinct? I lol'd at the headless ones. Ah, memories.
30th-Apr-2010 01:08 pm (UTC)
My mother-in-law was wondering what I did to my Barbies. I really have no idea how they got that way. They must have been very, very BAD.
30th-Apr-2010 04:03 pm (UTC)
There's a gray area?

If you're seriously worried, justify it in that your teaching your child the history of fashion and disability awareness.
30th-Apr-2010 04:05 pm (UTC)

I do not see anything wrong with her playing with these Barbies. Now if you were to ask for an opinion about the Bratz dolls, I would have given a negative opinion. I think those dolls look like skanks. lol
1st-May-2010 01:10 am (UTC)
OMG especially the toddler hooker ones! Those freakin Bratz make Barbie look like a normal woman.
6th-May-2010 04:26 pm (UTC)
Very very little is going to impact on your child at her age apart from what she can manage to learn about the world to hold her in good stead for later childhood/teens/adulthood. Also it's not an age that people remember in huge detail. Barbie dolls? Nope, it won't impact on her.
6th-May-2010 04:27 pm (UTC)
Perhaps it's the idea of her playing with heads that is a bit creepy to me. :P (Maybe it impacts me more than her.)
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