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Just what little girls want instead of Barbie: a PC doll with a bad figure and ugly clothes

March 7, 2014

The PC crowd can’t stand Barbie’s slender figure–that’s “fat-shaming”!:

American artist Nickolay Lamm created a prototype of a Barbie-like doll last year based on US government measurements for an average 19-year-old American woman and the response was huge. He now wants to produce his doll and is close to crowdfunding the $95,000 (£57,000) he needs to start production. “What if fashion dolls were made using standard human body proportions? This is the question I asked myself after comparing fashion dolls to typical body proportions,” he says on his website.

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Barbie’s figure has regularly come under fire over the years. Critics argue her proportions are unrealistic at best and damaging at worst. Lamm says rather than waiting for toy companies to change their doll designs he would manufacture his own.

“Finally someone has been brave enough to show what a woman really looks like,” says Pat Hartley, body image expert and author of Body Images: Development, deviance and change. “It’s taken such a long time for a doll like this to even get close to production because a lot of people have been making a lot of money from projecting the image of the stick-thin woman as the ideal. People in the diet and fashion industry. It’s time someone fought back.” Barbie manufacturer Mattel defended the doll’s proportions in an interview earlier this year saying they are designed to make play easier, not be realistic.

In another divergence from Barbie, the Lammily has minimal makeup, and a less flamboyant wardrobe. Gone are the pink miniskirts, diamante denim jackets and glitter stilettos, in are chic dresses, casual denim shorts and trainers.

Gee, that sounds like a fun doll! Who wants a doll that that shows what the the “average” woman “really looks like”? Guess what? The average woman looks average–that is, just like Lamm’s prototype doll in the photos: so-so face, thick-ish waist, and well-fleshed thighs that may not say “thunder” but certainly say “storm warning.” There’s a reason why average women aren’t hired as supermodels. They look, well, average, and who wants to look at average? And how about those “chic” clothes on Lamm’s prototype–this is supposed to be a fashion doll? (Hints to Lamm: If you have a thick waist, a wide white belt isn’t going to make it look slimmer. Also, a skirt that hits the exact middle of your um, average, thighs is not the most flattering length for you.)

For decades feminists have been harping about the Barbie doll’s “unnatural proportions,” especially her narrow waist, Barbie is supposed to promote teen anorexia–as though teenage girls still played with Barbie dolls.

But do you know what? There’s a simple reason why Barbie has the equivalent of a 14-inch waist in a human. It’s called doll clothes. Doll clothes may be tiny, but they’re made–as they must be–out of human-size fabrics and stitched with human-size thread. That means they’re far bulkier for their size than human clothes, and their seams are even bulkier. Barbie’s tiny waist was a deliberate choice to accommodate the thick seam that’s inevitable when a doll-size skirt is attached to a doll-size bodice.

But feminists don’t sew–that’s a “gender stereotype.”

H/T: Amy Alkon

Posted by Charlotte Allen

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One Comment
  1. Days of Broken Arrows permalink

    I assume that soon we’ll be getting the Ken Doll that resembles Kevin James (“The King of Queens”) and a GI Joe with the shape of Jack Black and height of Michael J. Fox. Or do dolls hit women the hardest?

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