Sunday, April 14, 2013
Leave Barbie Alone!
Every few years we revisit the pointless story that a real woman with a Barbie doll body would look funny. I didn't get their proportions, but I've known plenty of woman who, within their own perpsective and proporations, did look like Barbie at varous stage of her life. Bubble cut barbie was may favorite, becaue she looked like my mother did in those days. And, it was all about the clothes and the many friends for me. I post the story, but I think it's silly. Take a look a the proportions of the now coveted French Fashion dolls, especially those with the gussetted leather bodies or stockinette bodies. No one really looked like that, either. :) Follow: Body Image, Real-Life Barbie, Barbie, Barbie Body, Barbie In Real Life, Barbie Vs. Real Women, Barbie's Body, Barbie's Real Body, Barbies, Barbies Infographic, Negative Body Image, Women Body Image, Young Women Body Image Issues, Women News At this point, it's common knowledge that Barbie's body isn't the most realistic. But what would it actually look like if the famous Mattel doll was a real woman? That's what Rehabs.com set out to find out. The search engine for locating mental health treatment centers put together an infographic using data from the 1996 study "Ken and Barbie At Life Size," which was originally published in the academic journal Sex Roles. The graphic compares the proportions of a Barbie's body to the body of the average American woman as well as the average model and the average anorexic woman. Some of the numbers are quite striking. While Barbie's head would be two inches larger than the average U.S. woman's, her waist would be 19 inches smaller and her hips would be 11 inches smaller. Since her waist would be four inches thinner than her head, Barbie's body wouldn't have the room it needs to hold all of its vital organs, and her uber-skinny ankles and child-size feet would make it necessary for her to walk on all fours. The infographic was created as part of a larger report on body hatred among young women. And although January 2013 research showed that peer influence may impact body image even more than pop culture, it's never bad to be reminded just how unrealistic the bodies of the dolls you grew up playing with are. LOOK: How A Barbie Body Measures Up To Real Bodies