The last in a series of articles on the controversial topic that won’t die– pregnant Barbies. Back in 2002, Wal-mart took pregnant Barbies off the shelves due to customer complaints. Today, this is still creating buzz, making the rounds on social networking sites. While this isn’t new news, much needs to be said for the parents who are only now choosing to boycott Barbie for ever being pregnant and available in stores. Some final points:
Don’t Make Your Problems With Barbie Everyone Else’s Problems
You have the choice to walk away. Don’t keep well-adjusted parents from being able to buy the toys they choose because of your own hang-ups. This would be like calling the movie theater and telling them you demand they remove all Rated R movies because you don’t believe in them. I’m sorry, but your personal shame over your life and your body are not my fault, and not my kids’ fault. I plan on parenting, despite what your ignorant opinion on cooties happens to be. When you demand Wal-Mart remove things from shelves, or censor things in any way, you are not only saying that a product is not right for you personally– you are saying it is not right for any of us. That’s not your place to judge! Just as I pass by the Bratz Dolls, the Hannah Montana merchandise, and the collectors “Pussy Galore” Barbie, I talk to my child about why I disagree with them when she asks, she listens to what I have to say with an open mind and well-trained intellect, and we have no need to involve Wal-Mart or Mattel.
In the End, Barbie Cannot Make or Break You As a Parent
Stop holding Barbie and the media responsible for your child. You’d have nothing to fear from the evils of Barbie, Mattel, or Wal-Mart if you actually gave a damn and talked to your kid, or did some kind of parenting. Quit expecting “society” to raise your child and you’ll find yourself protesting our society and our media a lot less often. This will save you energy and time, which you can then reinvest into healthier things… like– what else?– being an active and intelligent part of your child’s life. You are your child’s role model, not Barbie, so start acting like it and quit expecting the world to revolve around you.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this series of articles on the Pregnant Barbie phenomenon and taken away some good points about how our society is completely crazy if they think a normal, healthy, positive doll is dangerous because of the threat of having to confront sexuality with their children. It’s lazy parenting, and there is no substitute for good parenting. Wal-Mart and Barbie will neither hurt nor help– it’s all on your shoulders. Good luck.
Associated Press, Pregnant doll pulled from Wal-mart after customers complain, USA Today