Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Barbies are akin to porn.... Riiiigggghhhtt....

So this morning, I came across a blog post that got posted on KSL.com.  It was about a mom who decided to ban Barbies in her house because one of her young sons approached her with a half naked Barbie and told her he thought it was an inappropriate toy.  Mom suddenly realized that these half naked Barbies might give her sons impure thoughts.  So she took the dolls away and replaced them with more girlish versions.

Now, I will admit, I was a Barbie fan when I was a kid.  I played with them for hours with my best friend.  We'd build Barbie empires out of boxes and create our own little Barbie soap operas.  Sure, the toys had unrealistic bodies and wore revealing clothes, but we knew they were just toys.  They were fun to play with and came with fun accessories.  It never occurred to us that a male looking at these plastic, anatomically incorrect dolls would be led to sin by the sight of their plastic, naked bodies.

The other thing that struck me about this blog post is that this mom allows her second grader son to dictate what is and what is not appropriate in their home.  It's not for a child to make that determination.  It seems to me that Mom should have discussed this issue with Dad and they should have come to a mutual decision.  If Mom doesn't want Barbies in her house, that's cool.  But why let a seven year old boy make that decision for his sisters?

I just think it's too bad that sex is already part of these kids' lives.  Barbies are toys.  It should be up to parents to explain the difference to children without sexualizing everything.
 
My thoughts continue here...

  

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