Barbie - My First Barbie - 1980s

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1984 My First Barbie #1875
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Although my Barbie & Ken dolls and their larger outfits were wrapped and under the tree, I used to get packages of accessories in my stocking.

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  • My daughter is still an infant so I haven't dealt with this as a parent yet, but I will say my mom was very opposed to Barbies when I was young. Of course that was what I asked for as a present from everyone else (I convinced my teenage male cousin to buy my first Barbie). I managed to collect at least 10 Barbies, none of which was purchased by my parents. Although I dealt with some typical body issue images as a teenager, I think my mom counter-balanced the Barbie thing with lots of positive books and messages about women so I recognized at an early age that the Barbies were fun to play with, but were not in any way representative of what a woman should look like. I think that you are the best strong woman role model for your daughter and that playing with Barbies will not negate other positive messages you provide. From your daughter's perspective, Barbies are fun because they have lots of clothes to play dress-up with and you can move the arms and legs. Good luck! Miranda

    I have two girls. I did not purposely keep Barbie out of the house, but we just started getting them as gifts. My girls like them becuase they can go in the bath or the sink and they don't get ruined. I have seen my girls have some great imaginative play with the Barbies taking a trip to Africa to see the animals. etc. So far, there is no mention of their shape or their makeup or any of the other stuff that gives Barbie a bad rap. I have some of my ancient Barbie stuff (a camper van and some clothes) that the girls have played with also.

  • When I was seven my dad got me a Barbie against my mother’s wishes. My Barbie rode horses, led wagon trains, swam, climbed fences & mountains and escaped from bad guys. She also had to find food and clothing and make a house in the wilderness (of the backyard) for the other dolls in her charge. There was only so much you could do with a baby doll, mostly be a mother, and I felt that got boring.

    Oh did I have a serious, serious Barbie thing. I had the 3 story town house, the van (I could fit my puppy in it), a traveling house, clothes, furniture, dishes, I don't know HOW many barbies. LOVED my Barbies. And I was considered an attractive girl but always grew up telling my friends to develop their personalities because ALL beauties fade and there is nothing sexier then a beautiful MIND. (Guess who taught me that?) I am not a girlie girl but can be when I feel like it and I can honestly say that it is not Barbie that you should worry about warping the mind of your lovely daughter...it will be her friends, family, boyfriends. Give her a good foundation so when she has a few earthquakes she learns to roll and not stand rigid. Trust that you will be able to kick that dumb blond perfectly skinny unrealistic little dolls behind with your super mom powers...;)
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    Adorable and sweet, My Melody lives in the wonderful world of Sanrio, where fashion and fun go hand-in-hand. For fans of this lovely little bunny, it’s important to be stylish and cute for every occasion! Polka dots and hearts are perfect partners to these stylin’ girls — because each and every outing becomes cuter and hipper with bright, bold designs inspired by My Melody! My Melody® Barbie® doll invites you to experience the delightful world of Sanrio! Dressed in a pink and green ensemble, the doll’s accessories feature iconic imagery on the bag, belt, and necklace. Always fashionable and sweet, My Melody® Barbie® doll is purely irresistible

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    This isn't exactly what you asked for, but I thought it might be helpful nonetheless. I was big into Barbie as a child, and what I got from it was a huge creative thing (rather than a ''what women should be'' thing): I made houses, clothing, pieces of furniture, etc. out of fabric scraps, boxes, found objects, and so on. I made up very elaborate stories about my Barbies and other small dolls -- I even wrote them down in little books. I guess I identified my Barbies with fantasy books like ''The Borrowers.'' So maybe, if you are leaning toward ''yes'' to Barbies, you can encourage your daughter to use them in this way (my mother did a lot of this with me), and reap some benefits. By the way, I have a PhD in a math-related field and have never paid much attention to traditional ideas of what women ''should'' be, so I don't think the Barbie thing conditioned me to think in any particular way... Karen

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About the Barbie: I feel your angst. I played with Barbie when I was 8 - 10, and I've been a lifelong feminist for fifty years. I mostly built cardboard houses and decorated them for my Barbie. The clothes and accessories were too expensive and lame for my thinking. You just don't know what meaning your daughter will attach to this toy. Denying it will only prolong your discomfort. Let her have it and pass through it. This too shall pass. If you're determined, there are other diverse alternatives out there, like ''American Girl,'' etc. But these are very expensive and there's no guarantee she'll not still want Barbie anyway. Good luck! Your role modeling will probably do more to influence her about her image of women. Free to be, you and me. Sottovoce