December 20, 2005
Girl Power Gone Bad

Just when you thought psychological studies couldn't get any weirder:

Barbie, beware. The iconic plastic doll is often mutilated at the hands of young girls, according to research published Monday by British academics.

"The girls we spoke to see Barbie torture as a legitimate play activity, and see the torture as a 'cool' activity," said Agnes Nairn, one of the University of Bath researchers. "The types of mutilation are varied and creative, and range from removing the hair to decapitation, burning, breaking and even microwaving."

When I was a kid, I can vividly remember how cruel some of my peers could be with their toys. Peer pressure being what it is, it usually didn't take long before such play degenerated into chimp-like bash fests that to this day make my stomach churn a little bit. I always thought it was just testosterone-addled boys who did stuff like that, but it would appear I was wrong.

All I can say is that, while she's indifferent to the dolls themselves, Olivia sure does like watching the videos and wearing the clothes. Then again, she's only 2.

Via Siflay.

Posted by scott at December 20, 2005 02:52 PM

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I have no experience with little girls and Barbie dolls but that is really scary stuff. I don't remember if little boys tear up their GI Joes.

Posted by: Pat on December 20, 2005 03:05 PM

Unintended consequences of postmodern feminism filtering down to younger children, I'd guess.

Instead of proving your strength by becoming a single mother before turning 15, now they prove it by mutilating dolls that the sisterhood has declared evil.

Posted by: Tatterdemaian on December 20, 2005 06:31 PM

Well, we did take a portable propane torch to the face of a Cabbage Patch doll. But that was more because it said it was flame-retardent and we wanted to test it.

Indeed - it did not burn. Melted, charred, and did other odd things, but we couldn't get it to burn.

Posted by: ronaprhys on December 21, 2005 03:14 PM
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