I only had a quick glance at the latest range of Barbie dolls that have been revealed, before leaving it open in my tabs to look at later, but I have to say my instant reaction was a positive one. About time crossed my mind.

The new dolls are much more inclusive and realistic than their former counterparts. Barbie dolls have been produced by Mattel for 50 years, and this new line-up of dolls features four different sizes including petite, curvy and tall as well as seven skin tones and twenty-two eye colours and are ready to pre-order under the new Fashionistas Line. The aim of these new dolls is to be diverse.

I think it’s good. It’s needed. These dolls play a much larger role in how children grow up to view women’s bodies, and their own, far more than we can understand. If these dolls only reflect one body shape, they are promoting that shape as the “ideal”, as the norm, as the way you should look. By bringing in these new dolls the brand will be showing children a much more realistic image and challenging this notion of the perfect body.

If you don’t realise how ridiculous the traditional Barbie doll is, take a look here. It is clear that these new dolls are at least making some kind of step forward. I was feeling pretty positive about it. But..then my friend comes in and states that it annoys her because everything seems to offend someone and the only reason they’re doing it is because they have to make people happy. I get her point, I do. However, the potential impact the traditional Barbie doll has on children’s body perception means that yes, people get “offended” by the unrealistic body of standard Barbie dolls, and yes, we have to do something about it. Barbie has received a lot of criticism over recent years from the public, and the fact they have responded to the public’s concerns with this new range makes sense – it’s good for their company image, it’s good for their public relations and it’s probably going to be very good for their profits.

I’m not saying this is by any means the solution to low self-esteem and poor body image in young girls, but it is a small step in making a difference and hopefully it will inspire others to challenge the “ideal” body we seem to look up to within society, and stop people being judged on their appearance.

(But what about Ken?)

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6 thoughts on “#TheDollEvolves

  1. How are you bloodletting? I’ve looked at everything I need the needles syringe etc, read up on veins arteries etc where to draw blood from but I can’t work out where to draw from. I follow you on tumblr but you don’t want to trigger but I mean I’m just going to put the needle wherever if I can’t establish where to medically draw from. I’ve not known of anyone else to think or traditionally bloodletting/taking blood out of the body because everyone seems to call it bloodletting when cutting and letting blood run but it’s not as damaging is it or as severe in terms of how much blood is lost etc. Any tips, I feel like you’re trying to let people know this new method without triggering but if is my new method is it ok to tell me?

  2. I was going to ask where you got the idea that I do it from, but I see you’ve been on my tumblr. I’m seriously not going to give you any advice, at all. It’s a really serious thing to do, and you don’t deserve to hurt yourself at all, and definitely not in such a dangerous way. I really don’t want to come across as rude, or anything. But I just cannot help you to do something dangerous. My only tip for you is to please please message me on tumblr or something, so we can talk, because there has to be something that is making you feel like hurting yourself, and I’d love to be someone you can turn to instead of hurting yourself. I don’t want to let people know about it at all, it’s really not ok for it to be your new method and I really hope you did not get the idea from me. I thought I had not mentioned it at all, that I had kept it quiet. Please look after yourself ❤

    1. Thank you for replying, I wanted to message but I can’t on anonymous. You definitely didn’t say. I’ve been looking it up for months where to buy everything from and tried to find out how to do it without getting found out as I didn’t feel my sh was as bad as I’d wanted it to be, I then found that you were trying something new wondered if it was that or the ligaturing or similar, and then the secret thing made me think maybe it is bloodletting, you haven’t made me think of this so lease don’t worry. I do appreciate you’re not being rude or anything and I understand I was just hoping to find out how to actually do this and I’ve never known anyone else who does or ants to and I’ve followed you on tumblr before and so it’s nothing you’ve said honestly. But thank you anyway ❤

      1. You can’t message on anon on my blog? I’d really love to talk to you. I am glad you didn’t get the idea from me, I really really urge you to seek help. I know you think you want to know how to do it, but once you know, there is no taking that back, and it makes getting on with your life so much harder. I would really encourage you to get rid of anything you have bought, and don’t order anything else. You deserve so much more than this ❤

  3. Thank you Natalie, I know it’s not anon here too but the email doesn’t get published, just my first name etc my tumblr is my blog, has everything on it and something I’m quite private with and this is just my name if that makes sense. I will try to message you it’s just a bit hard, the way I asked this and asking you at all I guess is wrong and sorry for posting this here, I just.. Idk. Thank you for being so nice. I don’t think you deserve this pain either or to hurt yourself like this. Sorry ❤

    1. Yeah, that makes sense. There is no pressure to message me, like I completely get you wanting to keep things private, but if you ever do need a chat I am here. And seriously, don’t apologise to me. I get it, completely. I get why you wanted to ask, but I just really can’t sort of..help you to hurt yourself. I think you need to get into your pj’s and watch a good film. Be kind to yourself ❤

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