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#91 of 94 Old 10-16-2005, 03:45 PM
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For me personally, banning a toy is extreme. Obviously guns and violent ones go without saying. But even then you can't control when your hcildren are not with you.

With that goes teaching. I don't mind barbie, it's a toy and there are great Barbie movies now that mine actually like. My girls are taught it is all fake, barbie is not built right reality in it. A toy plain and simple. This goes for any type toys I may have issue with.
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#92 of 94 Old 10-16-2005, 05:10 PM
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Originally Posted by HerthElde
I played with Barbie. I wanted to grow up to look like my mom and aunts. I really don't have a problem with the doll herself.

What I do have a problem with is mass-produced, environmentally harmful, consumerist crap.

When my dd is old enough to specifically ask for a Barbie, if she does, we will find one at a second hand store or a garage sale.
I had Barbies growing up and I never thought one way or the other over what her body type was. I am heavyset and came from a long line of heavyset CONFIDENT women. I think we learn our body image more from the females in our lives than a toy, tv, magazines, etc.
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I wouldn't actually forbid because I think that would create allure, but I've so far been successful at keeping Barbie away from our reality. When we visit the thrift store (our only toy shopping place) I always scan the lower shelf and toss any barbies up high and out of sight. Working so far! Also, we have a few homemade hand puppets and dolls, one a princess, and we do a lot of fantasy role play so there's no big need for another doll.
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I can not imagine how my chlidhood would have been without barbie...i would have had to play "camping" with my brothers 500x a day! I was a tomboy when i was young and yes i had barbie too. Of course most of my barbies had some type of limb missing or deformity from doing transformer/barbie battles :LOL But anyway i can't wait to get barbie for my daughter. I bought her one from sal. army but she hasn't played with it much. She's sort of into puzzles (and when outside watching the guys on the motorcycles Yikes!) and other things. I had so many good memories and i can;t wait for her to have them too. cousin and i would imagine barbie getting kidnapped by "goonies" or lilltle cavemen and having to escape. She even got to kiss, she'd kiss ken and other see we had diverse imaginations!
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