Have you seen how skanky some of these new Barbie dolls (and other girls’ dolls) are? A lot of them look like hookers. I find it really creepy that girls get to play make-believe with these red-light-women.
I’m not the only one. There’s this lady from Tasmania who takes old discarded dolls, and gives them a modesty makeover (or a make-under), to make them look believable and decent. Check out her website, Tree Change Dolls. The before-and-after pics are amazing.
Also, I came across the lament of a feminist mother who wonders, “does every little girl have to be a princess?” She says that even the intrepid, dirty-kneed explorer Dora now has a princess version doll.
I remember not being very interested in Barbie dolls even though we had quite a nice range of clothes and furniture for our Barbie collection. I had my princess days, and my tomboy days. But at least I got to play with whatever suited my mood at the time, without having pink shoved at me from every direction.