What’s Sex Got to do With… a “Normal” Barbie

When I was growing up Barbies were extremely thin, mostly blonde, and not completely proportioned in size. I found this while searching through buzz feed one day and the article talks about a designer named Nickolay Lamm who earlier in the year created the “normal” barbie (also known as Lammily). He designed the Lammily to have “the proportions of an average 19-year old woman” along with the doll comes “stickers which include tattoos, cellulite, and stretch marks, [that] can be placed anywhere on the doll’s body” (buzzfeed.com).

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After reading the article, Nickolay Lamm does not seemed to worried about the imperfect nature of the doll and kids not wanting to play with it. He told buzzfeed that “‘The ‘imperfect’ nature of it isn’t an issue. I feel it makes the doll more relatable'” (buzzfeed.com).

What I enjoyed was that Lamm took the dolls to some second-graders to see how they respond to the doll. There responses and reactions are in the video below.

This goes along with the article “Adolescent girls’ sexuality” by Tolman. Tolman states that, “to be popular, with girls and with boys, girls are told to wear less and less to be more and more sexy” (NSS 153) her statement goes along with the old Barbie. Because these Barbies are very thin, have bigger boobs than their waist line, arched feet, chicken legs, and for the most part more fitted showing clothes. These Barbies are just helping promote women to objectify themselves to be popular. The thing is I like the idea of the Lammily because it first shows these young girls what the average women looks like and not this fake image these girls are trying to be like since they have grown up looking at and playing with them.

Do you guys believe creating and selling the Lammily will help with young girls perceptions on themselves and others?  If you were a Father or Mother would you by your daughter/son a Barbie or a Lammily?

 

References:

Tolman NSS page 153

http://www.buzzfeed.com/alisonvingiano/this-normal-barbie-comes-with-cellulite-stretch-marks-acne-a

 

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