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Barbie [Nov. 23rd, 2015|12:57 pm]
A couple days ago tfcocs had an entry about getting a Barbie. She had a picture of the boxed doll, and then said, "Deboxed, she probably looks like this:"

And my thought was "naked, with her hairdo wrecked."

I have never seen a Barbie, be she a standard one or an Elsa one for whom a little girl has begged incessantly, survive more than 15 minutes before that little girl had her stripped and her carefully manufactured coif pulled out. The ones that last 15 minutes are generally because Mom is standing over the child, scolding her that the doll will never look the same again, once she takes her hair down. The moment Mom's back is turned? BOOM, out come those tiny rubberbands that held the braid so nicely.

Frequently, this rifling of Barbie's outfit is followed by the child bringing the doll to Mom and begging her to "fix it." And then recrimination and tears. But if you handed that child a pristine duplicate of Elsa/Anna/Cinderella/Ariel, the result would be the same: tiny plastic shoes lost, mermaid tail removed, hair asunder.

I know, because I did the same with my Barbies when I was a kid. I can't remember exactly why, except that I was always itching to brush her hair, and to fashion new clothes for her out of fabric scraps.

Barbies spend most of their life naked, it seems, stripped by little girls who never quite get around to dressing them again. And it doesn't seem to matter to them that the doll they clamored for becomes just one more Barbie, once she's stripped of her regalia. They have to have that special one. And drive Mom crazy with the way they play.

[User Picture]From: sylphon
2015-11-23 06:23 pm (UTC)
I decapitated mine with a homemade guillotine at my parent's dinner party :-) She had her clothes on though...
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2015-11-23 06:29 pm (UTC)
The Wednesday Addams was strong in you.
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[User Picture]From: evaleastaristev
2015-11-23 07:34 pm (UTC)
I think mine lasted...a day at most. Mostly because I wasn't interested in her as much as the book I got.
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[User Picture]From: finding_helena
2015-11-23 09:44 pm (UTC)
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.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2015-11-24 12:13 am (UTC)
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.
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[User Picture]From: tfcocs
2015-11-24 12:48 am (UTC)
As a child, I never had Ken dolls. As such, my Barbies were lesbians. :-)
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[User Picture]From: tfcocs
2015-11-24 12:50 am (UTC)
BTW, I made the entry public for your reader's viewing pleasure!
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[User Picture]From: funwithrage
2015-11-24 12:56 am (UTC)
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.
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From: serakit
2015-11-24 03:58 am (UTC)
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.
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[User Picture]From: ba1126
2015-11-24 03:02 pm (UTC)
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!!
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2015-11-24 07:03 pm (UTC)
I had lots of baby dolls, too. I was a mother from birth.
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[User Picture]From: kagomeshuko
2015-11-24 08:09 pm (UTC)
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.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2015-11-25 05:30 pm (UTC)
I don't get it, either.
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[User Picture]From: jume
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!
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2015-11-27 04:29 am (UTC)
I remember that one. So many distraught little girls.
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[User Picture]From: wolflady26
2015-11-26 02:35 pm (UTC)
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.
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From: anonymousalex
2015-11-26 07:32 pm (UTC)
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.

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[User Picture]From: cosmicbandit
2015-12-01 06:42 pm (UTC)

stuffed animals

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.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2015-12-01 06:45 pm (UTC)

Re: stuffed animals

I loved my stuffed animals.
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