Old news has been resurfacing, recirculating via social networking sites like Facebook, regarding an old controversy– the pregnant Barbie doll. It’s actually Midge, but those of us who innocently refer to any of Mattel’s fashion dolls as “Barbie“, take note– she may be a great many things, but one thing Wal-Mart customers will not stand for, is pregnant. Wal-Mart pulled the pregnant doll from its shelves back in 2002 after customer complaints apparently overwhelmed them. The controversy surely didn’t hurt Mattel who declined to comment, and interested parties will probably be able to find the doll at different places online, like Amazon.com, for a hefty price; mothers like myself who who were lucky enough to find it in-store when it was current paid a fraction of it, although we had no idea it would probably wind up a collector’s item. Wal-Mart notoriously caters to conservative consumers whenever they whine, ever the kings of censorship, even being known for carrying censored versions of popular music.
Midge, the Pregnant, Married, Horrible Role-Model Barbie Doll
Midge was initially created back in the ’60s, to counteract the accusations of Barbie being a sex symbol. Today, she is now the one taking the hit for these alleged crimes. Midge is the oldest best friend of Barbie. Her boyfriend Al(l)an came along soon after she was created, and even though they disappeared from Barbie’s life for a while, they’ve returned in recent years as part of the “Happy Family” series, in which Midge and Alan were married and have had two children. So when Midge is packaged as pregnant with her second child, why the controversy?
Is Barbie Responsible For Sex-Crazed American Kids?
Apparently, since Barbie (as well as any of her friends) is a “role model”, some parents fear that little girls will aspire to be pregnant, too. Yes, parents expect an explosion of teenage pregnancies, all thanks to Barbie and Midge. Of course, there are a lot of holes in that logic, and I’ll expose them in the next few articles. This is but the first. What it truly all boils down to is parents who are afraid of sex and afraid of parenting their children (and expect Mattel and Wal-Mart to do the job for them).
Barbie As A Role Model Vs. Other Role Models In Society
I find it extraordinarily hard to believe that our future teens will engage in premarital sex because 10 years ago they had a pregnant Barbie doll who they still idolize to this day, but if you actually have such little faith in your kids, first ask yourself if that’s your fault. Even so, one must ask if you ban anything having to do with sex or pregnancy if it enters your kids’ lives. If you think they can’t deal with it and will hopelessly emulate whomever they admire, you’re in for a bumpy ride. Is their favorite actress Sandra Bullock? Maybe they’ll get in a rocky relationship with a guy who cheats with Nazis. Is your daughter’s favorite actress currently pregnant? Better turn the television off now, or else they may want to get pregnant too, ASAP. Or maybe she loves Dora the Explorer. Next thing you know, she’s bringing home a monkey and always traveling. It never ends.
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Midge (Barbie), Wikipedia
Associated Press, Pregnant doll pulled from Wal-Mart after customers complain, USA Today
Barbie Happy Family Pregnant Midge & Baby, Amazon