January 6, 2011

This Image Speaks For Itself

Filed under: Gender — Tags: , — Rachel @ 10:47 am

Image via Reddit.

For more about the evolution of toys, please see my previous post: Toys Receiving Makeovers: New, Improved, Sexy?


  1. And then people wonder why it is young girls have eating disorders. Toy manufacturers are depicting impossible proportions for young girls to model. Subconsciously, girls are “warped” into wanting to be like Barbie (physically) which has added to the growing eating- disorder statistics. Which goes relatively well with your Toy Makeover post.

    Comment by ElizabethP — January 6, 2011 @ 4:14 pm

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  4. I for one cannot stand Barbie, or any doll that exhibits unnatural standards for the young children that play with them.

    But am I the only one who sees an overall improvement? Old Barbie has big breasts, a hugely thick ribcage and then absolutely nothing in the stomach/buttock area. New Barbie is undoubtedly very thin, but has smaller breasts and a much more normal, teenage body shape overall. If the head was shrunk down to be more to scale it would improve the whole doll immensely.

    Then again, they could also stand to maybe have a range of Barbies of all different body shapes, skin colours and weight ranges. Ah, if only.

    Comment by BunnyMaz — January 25, 2011 @ 11:59 am

  5. @BunnyMaz: actually the breasts look the same size but the cup size would be increased greatly since the whole ribcage has shrunk down. She still doesn’t seem to have any hips?

    Comment by Julie — January 26, 2011 @ 11:01 pm

  6. This image is ACTUALLY via: http://www.flickr.com/photos/nuwandalice/2590617877/ (see the whole set of doll comparison shots there) – just stolen and posted otherwise on reddit.

    Comment by LK — December 26, 2011 @ 6:18 pm

  7. @BunnyMaz: I like old Barbie better for precisely that reason; old Barbie is a vaguely human-shaped chunk of plastic which looks OK when you put clothes on it, new Barbie is an anorexic model with plastic skin. More girls should be able to figure out they’re not supposed to look like old Barbie the same way none of them start thinking they aught to have black outlines if they watch too many cartoons.

    But I grew up on 90’s Barbies, so maybe I’m biased.

    Comment by Ella — January 9, 2012 @ 12:34 pm

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