Had a little time to kill today while Boo was in preschool, so I walked around Toys R Us for a little while. I know, weird place to go without kids. But both Boo and Junior have birthdays coming up and believe it or not Christmas is not too far away, so I thought it might be good to start scoping out the prospects.
I'm always drawn to the Barbie aisle. I love Barbie. I know, how totally anti-feminist of me. Guess what? I occasionally eat at Hooters, too. And I know Barbie puts some unrealistic expectations out there for girls, but I like it that there is a line of dolls called Barbie - I Can Be. There's Barbie - I Can Be a Doctor, Barbie - I Can Be a Teacher, Barbie - I Can Be a Soccer Star. Thank God Barbie finally realized she needed to get a job! However, these dolls are still a tad bit unrealistic.
This one for example:
This is Barbie - I Can Be a Zoo Doctor. Uuuuummmm..... Is this really appropriate zoo employee attire? I mean come on, bare midriff? Isn't that a little dangerous around the animals? Shouldn't you be a little more covered? Protect that delicate skin from sharp claws and teeth? I don't know. And is it just me or does this Barbie look just like Chrissy from Three's Company? She just looks too dumb to be a doctor at the Zoo.
And then there's this one:
This is Barbie - I Can Be a TV Chef. Really? Because if you take away the refrigerator and the work station it looks like Barbie - I Can Be a Porn Star. Seriously? Red boots? I have never seen Rachel Ray or Paula Deen in a pair of red boots. And what is up with the pony tails?
But this one is my very favorite:This is Barbie for President - 2008. Yeah. A real female politician would not be caught dead in a blue suit with sparkly silver pinstripes. Can any of you see Hillary or even the lovely Sarah Palin carrying a pink phone and pink laptop? I am 100% certain our own Janet Napolitano would beat the crap out of a chick dressed like this. And check out her inauguration gown. A little too Marilyn Monroe, don't you think? Come to think of it, that blue suit looks a little Monica Lewinsky. Maybe this one should have been called "Barbie for Mistress to the President." And I bet she's not wearing panties under that suit either.
Come on Mattel. I appreciate that you are trying to encourage young girls to follow their dreams. I know you want to reinforce that little girls can be anything they want to be. But Jeez Louise, can't she do it with her clothes on? Can we please get a Barbie that does not look like a trampy whore?