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A NEW BARBIE FOR THE AGES

Barbie Time coverJust as the March issue of Playboy hit the stands last year, re-defining the magazine as a no-nudes (and — sob! — no cartoons) periodical, Barbie, the other definer of the feminine form, made the cover of Time with her make-over. The Barbie folk have decided that their iconic figure is no longer good for little girls. The classic Barbie doll is still available, but so are three new “body types” that are intended to make little girls feel okay about their bodies. The classic, it has been long established, makes girls aspire to impossibly thin and busty bodies. The new body types have been artfully labeled — petite, tall, and curvy.

The words were chosen with great care — not to offend anyone nor to suggest to any little girl that whatever her body type, it is somehow wrong. But if you look at their silhouettes, you can easily tell that “curvy” is a euphemism for chubby, or plump. Thick through the hips, slightly protruding belly, and with a booty of distinction, the “curvy Barbie” is undoubtedly modeled on today’s teenager, who is veering off, continually, in the direction of obesity. So rather than curb girls’ appetites to help them achieve a healthier life style, Barbie simply enables the current trend. Sigh.Barbie's Got a New body

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