I decapitated mine with a homemade guillotine at my parent's dinner party :-) She had her clothes on though...
The Wednesday Addams was strong in you.
Yeppers. Minus the braids anyway :-) I always gravitated toward the horror and scifi sections in the library.
I think mine lasted...a day at most. Mostly because I wasn't interested in her as much as the book I got.
I don't relate to the naked Barbie business. We did undress Barbie but we dressed her again subsequently. We also didn't have any Kens. But even if we had it's hard to imagine young me having had them get it on... I just wasn't interested in that kind of play back when I was playing with Barbies. Perhaps I am unusual.
That kind of came out of left field. I wasn't implying that the Barbies were naked for any nefarious purpose, only that they always seem to be naked.
My son used to pull the legs off my daughter's Barbie dolls just to piss her off...
Why do siblings love to make each other mad/sad? I know we did it, too, and I just don't understand why.
They still do it, at 31 and 34. Sigh.
Mine get along well now, and I get along well with my siblings.
It probably helps that we live very far away from each other. ;-)
When I hear people talking about Barbie spending a lot of her time being naked, a discussion of Barbie being used to simulate sexual practices frequently follows. :) Obviously that is not the case in all instances. I realize that was only tangentially related to your post though. I was just following up the naked Barbie conversation.
Considering where other parts of this are going, I suppose you're right.
As a child, I never had Ken dolls. As such, my Barbies were lesbians. :-)
BTW, I made the entry public for your reader's viewing pleasure!
I painted my Barbie's hair with clear nail polish, once. I was five and thought it'd make it shinier.
Also we had a dog, which did not help anything.
I never got Barbie naked, but my Barbies were all quite unimaginatively named based on features of their dresses, so if I took their clothes off I wouldn't know who they were, and since they all had a consistent character that they maintained, the idea was just horrifying to me. My sister's actually managed to change outfits on occasion.
I was an earlier generation and had mostly 'baby' dolls. I did get a Ginny doll,which was a forerunner of Barbie. She was more 'childlike' than Barbie, but not a 'baby'. She had an extensive wardrobe available and she was my favorite of all the many dolls I had. Recently, my Hubby found and bought an "Irish" Ginny and she sits on a shelf in my bedroom!! My best friend had a "Toni" doll, which was another of the early 'fashion 'dolls, much larger than Barbie.
My daughter bought slews of 'used' Barbies at yard sales and thrift stores and had a display of them on her hutch. She also got a boxed "Holiday Barbie" dressed in red. I remember having a discussion about whether she should open it or keep it pristine for resale (at this point she was a teen) and she still sits up in her former bedroom, accumulating value, hopefully!!
I had lots of baby dolls, too. I was a mother from birth.
Same here. I used to hold bottles for my baby brothers while Mom cooked supper and even changed a few diapers. I was about 9. I started baby-sitting for neighbors at 12, was a Mother's Helper on weekends in my teens, married at 20 and had 7 of my own! Now I work as a nanny (on my third nanny family. First two families have the kids in college or married now!)
I was regularly changing diapers for my youngest sister when I was 9--even the poopy ones, and babysat all the time from 12 on. I only had the two, though.
My sister was the "doll undresser" in the family. I tended to keep their clothes on. The first Barbie I got had this pink apron and I kept it on for as long as I could. Eventually my sister got it off.
I never understood why her dolls were undressed.
2015-11-26 06:48 am (UTC)
I had a barbie one time that was supposed to let you style her hair and came with a velcro hair extension...
I didn't see the point because you could still only cut it once!
I remember that one. So many distraught little girls.
I hated Barbies for just that reason. What was the point? There was pretty much nothing to do with them except put their clothes on and off, and mess up their hair. Bah.
IMO, Barbie was all about the accessories. Get yourself a car, a workplace, a Dream House, then you've got something to play. The doll itself? I agree, not much to do, there.
Yeah, that could be. I never had accessories, people just kept giving me Barbies against my will.
Ironically, I was perfectly content to play with Breyer horses for hours, despite them not even having the remove clothing/fix hair possibilities. Go figure ;)
Hmm. I'm not familiar with that toy, but my initial thought is that horses do stuff1 without clothing, hence something to play about.
1that children are aware of and interested in
My cousin Roxanne and I spent HOURS playing. But most of those hours consisted of constructing furniture from cardboard and fabric scraps, and laying out Barbie's "house" by using other fabric scraps as carpets for each room. Barbie and friends hardly had time to enter the house before these sessions would have to end, and then the next time we got to reimagine the best layout for her house.
I always thought the Barbie Dreamhouse and such things were an unfortunate expense that really cut down on the fun.
See, that kind of playing, I probably would have loved.
So you weren't so much playing Barbie as playing architect and/or interior designer. Cool.
My barbies went in to the closet at night because they creeped me out. I mostly played with stuffed animals, which I made clothes for. They had all kinds of adventures. I also played with them fairly late.
2015-12-01 06:45 pm (UTC)
Re: stuffed animals
I loved my stuffed animals.