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Fat Barbie ... or should we say plump ... or curvy?

Discussion in 'News & Current Events' started by NightHawkeye, Jan 28, 2016.

  1. NightHawkeye

    NightHawkeye Work-in-progress Supporter

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    From the "Curvy" files: Barbie's Got a New Body | Time

    Yes, plump. Barbie’s got a new body. Three new bodies, actually: petite, tall and curvy, in Mattel’s exhaustively debated lexicon, and beginning Jan. 28 they will be sold alongside the original busty, thin-waisted form on Barbie.com. They’ll all be called Barbie, but it’s the curvy one—with meat on her thighs and a protruding tummy and behind—that marks the most startling change to the most infamous body in the world.

    It’s a massive risk for Mattel. Barbie is more than just a doll. The brand does $1 billion in sales across more than 150 countries annually, and 92% of American girls ages 3 to 12 have owned a Barbie, thanks in part to her affordable $10 price tag. She’s been the global symbol of a certain kind of American beauty for generations, with brand recognition that’s up there with Mickey Mouse. M.G. Lord, a Barbie biographer, once said she was designed “to teach women what—for better or worse—is expected of them in society.”
     
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  2. Nithavela

    Nithavela confused

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    Now make some with ugly faces!
     
  3. pgp_protector

    pgp_protector Noted strange person

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    So Real?
     
  4. AirPo

    AirPo with a Touch of Grey

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    [​IMG]

    Triple chin is overkill IMO.
     
  5. TLK Valentine

    TLK Valentine You will be who you will be. We are our choices.

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    Genius, actually -- once you realize that the old Barbie clothes and accessories won't fit on the newer ones, thus requiring customers to buy her a whole new wardrobe...
     
  6. NightHawkeye

    NightHawkeye Work-in-progress Supporter

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    ... multiple wardrobes, actually.
     
  7. Tallguy88

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    Is that real? I imagine they will catch flak from groups for being insensitive.
     
  8. craigerNY

    craigerNY I bring nothing to the table

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    I hope human Barbie is sitting down when she gets this news...I don't think it is going to over very well with her.
     
  9. nightflight

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    Now how about working on Ken? Here's a suggested "look":

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  10. patrick jane

    patrick jane MAD Bible Believer Supporter

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    Old Barbie
     
  11. patrick jane

    patrick jane MAD Bible Believer Supporter

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    Fat Barbie is pretty ugly already
     
  12. Tallguy88

    Tallguy88 We shall see the King when he comes! Supporter

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    Let's not turn this into a fat-shaming thread. Not saying anybody is, but I can see how it could easily go there.
     
  13. Nithavela

    Nithavela confused

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    From the OP article. Still looks very attractive.
     
  14. JerushaC

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    Maybe just call her "realistic barbie," because in human standards that is not considered fat. If people call that fat, little girls will be quick to call themselves fat.
     
  15. NightHawkeye

    NightHawkeye Work-in-progress Supporter

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    Well, kinda ...

    Original Barbie is fairly typical of teen girls. Filling out happens some time later after they've reached their adult height. I suppose we could call the new Barbie, "Adult Barbie" ... for which she is perhaps typical.


    [NHE runs and ducks ... ]
     
  16. Tallguy88

    Tallguy88 We shall see the King when he comes! Supporter

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    Original barbie would be over 7 feet tall, if her proportions are correct.
     
  17. Ironhold

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    So then what - he'd be "Always Picked Last For Dodgeball" Ken?
     
  18. NightHawkeye

    NightHawkeye Work-in-progress Supporter

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    Huh? Not really seeing it.

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  19. MehGuy

    MehGuy Free speech warrior degenerate Supporter

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    Of course Ken will probably still only come in tall, well built models..

    We talk about girls not developing unrealistic ideas about their bodies, shouldn't we do the same for boys? You'd just be sending the message that girls are pretty no matter what they look like and that men still need a type to look good, yet when these girls start dating in middle/high school they'll be let down when they find out the jock and other traditionally attractive boys do not find them attractive.

    Also waiting for the feminists to complain that that the curvy Barbie isn't fat enough, lol.
     
  20. PreachersWife2004

    PreachersWife2004 by his wounds we are healed Supporter

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    This is a world where a mom got upset with a sales associate who offered up a pair of spanx to her 13 year old daughter, who was trying on a formal dress (one she didn't want, but was trying on for mom) to help smooth out the lines of the dress.

    The 13 year old was no twig, but the sales associate was doing her job in upselling and selling accessories. Mom had a fit and decided to call the manager (after, of course, posting all about it on Facebook!) "Her body is just fine the way it is!"

    So...having curvy barbie doesn't really mean anything in the grand scheme of things if you ask me.
     
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