I’m not going to write a post about Barbie and how damaging she could be– it’s been done approximatwly seven trillion times. I will, however, say this: has Mattel made Barbie thinner? I was reading a completely SA-unrelated blog the other day, where I saw a photo of a Barbie in a plastic car with what looked like a Disney Little Mermaid doll. Her arm looked eerily similar to Isabelle Caro’s:
I cropped the image and added an image of Miss Caro’s arm for comparison. Now, Barbie has never been anything but impossibly thin, but this seems ridiculous to me. I haven’t rooted out any of my Barbies from the 80s to compare, but I clearly do not recall any concave places on the arms of my dolls.
We’ve thinned and sexualized Rainbow Brite and Strawberry Shortcake. Cookie Monster eats vegetables. Santa himself has gone on a diet. Where does this end? How far are we going to take this?