So they're coming out with new Barbie dolls. They've added petite, curvy and tall body types. While I laud anything to promote positive body image in girls I'm starting to feel a little weird about it. Because I look at these new dolls and maybe I find myself identifying with one, to see which I match up with. And then I feel weird like, do I need Barbie to look like me? Do I really identify with a Barbie doll? I never did before. I wasn't a huge Barbie fan when I was a kid; I had two or three. I played with them at my friends' house. But I don't remember ever thinking, "why aren't MY legs nine feet long? This giraffe neck isn't reflective of my body shape at all. Oh that I had long strangely shiny yet coarse, rug-like blonde hair." I just never identified with them in any other way than, this is a play thing. This is a doll and this is what this doll looks like. And frankly her freakishly long legs help you to hold onto her.
And I feel like it's kind of sad to place or compare how one views oneself with a doll. Maybe that's not the direction we should be taking in instilling these things in young girl. And if they need a doll to help them feel better about themselves, there must be better ways. It's like, why don't all cars look like my Hot Wheels? I'm super bummed about that and feel bad about my crummy Honda. (Joke, Luv you 4-ever, Black Taxi)
Does this make any sense? How do other people feel about this? Is it maybe just a little silly? It just never occurred to me to want to look like Barbie because, once again, she's...a... doll. And, you know, I'm not.