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Barbie [Nov. 23rd, 2015|12:57 pm]
Zoethe
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.
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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: throbinson
2015-11-24 12:28 am (UTC)
My son used to pull the legs off my daughter's Barbie dolls just to piss her off...
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2015-11-24 01:14 am (UTC)
Why do siblings love to make each other mad/sad? I know we did it, too, and I just don't understand why.
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[User Picture]From: throbinson
2015-11-24 01:22 am (UTC)
They still do it, at 31 and 34. Sigh.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2015-11-24 07:04 pm (UTC)
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. ;-)
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[User Picture]From: finding_helena
2015-11-24 12:39 am (UTC)
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.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2015-11-24 01:15 am (UTC)
Considering where other parts of this are going, I suppose you're right.
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