Last week chrysalis courses reported on the the changing body of Barbie. It was an article that instantly took me eye, as the week prior my childcare providor sent an email out saying they were banning Barbie and action man from their company, due to the effect it can have on young children with regards to gender stereotypes and body image.
So, I found it interesting that just a week later I should see an article about Barbie changing. I have had a look at the different Barbies that are on offer and initially i thought how great it was that Mattel, the makers of Barbie, were making such a positve change to the iconic shape of Barbie. But then I did some research.
It was only in 2014, that the Vice President of design at mattel defended the shape of Barbie. I thought back, and body image has been an issue for longer than two years, so why for one has it taken 2 years for any change to happen and two, why was this change not made years ago! Woman, and men, have been different shapes and sizes since the begining of time.
I then found out that the change is only happening in the fashionista range, still with a heavy focus on image. I have to wonder whether this actually does lessen the worries on a young childs body image?
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