Tuesday, April 21, 2009

The Trouble With Barbie

I've jumped 100% behind Lincoln County's Democratic Delegate Jeff Eldridge's proposed bill to ban Barbie in West Virginia. Damn right to his statement that "such toys influence girls to place too much importance on physical beauty, at the expense of their intellectual and emotional development". But that's not really what sold me on it. It's this latest Barbie birthday campaign where stores like the Bay in Toronto have devoted entire sections of their women's clothing floor to human sized dresses and t-shirts poxed in houndstooth and Barbie logos. And to make matters worse, these little boutique areas are all wallpapered in stylish houndstooth mutations fashioned from silhouettes of high heels and cameo profiles. And Jeff, good luck fighting the toy lobby groups which basically run America. You and I both know it's as hopeless as me convincing the Color Association to eliminate all forms of duotone forecasts.

The only good thing to come out of the recent Barbie hype is Gareth Pugh's Ken doll which you can read more about on Steve and EJ's Style Salvage blog.

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