I’m freaking out I don’t usually reblog this stuff but this is like incredible
Unrealistic body aside, Barbie’s pretty cool
THANK YOU FOR POSTING THIS OP
On top of that, I really hate how people trash Barbie and Disney princesses and what not on how they only represent one body type and little girls will want to look like them and that’s one of the main causes of eating disorders and what not.
I for one never EVER wished I had a body like Barbie’s or watched Disney movies wishing I was as skinny as the animated women I saw on the screen. Why? BECAUSE THEY’RE NOT FREAKING REAL. THEY’RE PLASTIC FIGURES AND HAND-DRAWN PICTURES. Why would I compare myself to that? I’m way more likely to compare myself to photoshopped images in magazines because those actually look like real life people, even if they are fake. True these dolls and animated female bodies are not very representative, but they’re not all that aspirational either. (At least not for me.)
Love, I do agree with you in some ways. I think it’s super cool that Barbie took on a whole realm of male dominated careers. I owned several Barbies and other dolls and I loved them. I think it’s true that it can harmful to evaluate Barbie based on her looks instead of her personalities and careers (cause I will repeat: that is super cool).
But as a bigger girl, I will be totally honest and say that I did (and still do) negatively compare myself to Disney princesses and Barbie and Photoshopped celebs. It didn’t matter if they were real or not. As someone still recovering from an eating disorder, it can be very triggering to look at these and think, “Why can’t I look like that?” I can apply all the logic I want, but in the end, my brain still tries to trick me into hurting myself so I can aspire to be that kind of “beauty.”
In the end, my philosophy is: I’m not asking for Barbie to be gotten rid of or Disney princesses to disappear. I loved both of those in my childhood, and Hell, I still love them. But it was painful (even though I expected it) to hear that I’m too fat to ever play Belle, my favorite princess and a dream role. It makes me sad to think that I can sing “Let It Go” and sing it beautifully (sorry if that sounds egotistical), but I will NEVER be able to play Elsa. It hurts when I dress up as a princess and get those eye rolls from people because I’m “too big.”
We don’t have to get rid of things like Barbie or Disney princesses.
But we certainly can try to offer a more expansive set of options for those of us who were little girls and loved them but never felt like we’d be like them. Ever.
It’s simply about having a choice.