It’s hard to imagine that Barbie has been around since March 9, 1959. That would make her 58 today. Do you think this is an accurate image of what she might look like had she actually aged over those years?
I rather imagine that someone born during that time, would already have had several surgeries, hair and teeth implants and other assorted restructuring. Unfortunately the average woman goes through the aging process without augmentation or rebuilding. The fact is, we all get old. Some better than others.
I remember my children playing with Barbies and the creative stories they’d make up for their fanciful dolls. The perfect body was the beginning of the downfall of most women. Barbie made it possible for us to believe we could all attain perfection, even if we didn’t. It was the beginning of the feminist movement after all.
At our house, it wasn’t long before the Barbie dolls were decapitated, disjointed or legless – over years of abuse – but maybe that was significant too. When we expect so much of ourselves and put that heap of weight called self-confidence on our shoulders, were setting ourselves up for failure.
Barbie was followed by Ken and romance entered the picture. Yikes! I had to get my handbook out on the facts of life and start doing some explaining to my girls. Oh the joys of being a mother.
I’m not sure where Barbie stands now. Maybe she’s gay. Maybe she’s transgender. Maybe she’s still the straight, well adjusted, powerful woman of the 60’s. Who knows, maybe she’s leading a protest.
There is no doubt about it. Barbie has definitely changed the way we think about women.