I know this is going to cause some hullabalooooooooo – but I think the conversation that arises is bound to be interesting.
I’m going to open up a can of worms and admit something that might not be very popular. I let my daughter play with Barbie dolls.
I’ve read repeatedly that Barbie dolls contribute to the negative self image of girls because of the doll’s unrealistic physical appearance. There have been studies that suggest that exposing girls to these dolls can contribute to eating disorders later in life. While I think they’re part of the problem, how girls learn to feel about themselves is a lot more complicated than what dolls they play with.
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