It’s Not All Mary Poppins

Barbie Rides the Skank Wagon

All right, folks. This is Mattel’s latest offering to our little girls: Bling Bling Barbie. Never mind the body image concerns so many have about Barbie, this latest incarnation goes way beyond that. I’m not going to list the many, many things that are wrong with this doll. I think it’s self-explanatory.

This toy is being marketed to 6 – 8 year olds, and the doll herself is supposed to be sixteen. SIXTEEN. I’m pleased and proud (and entirely unsurprised) to announce that my 20-year-old has never, ever dressed like this.

I want to start a letter-writing campaign. There is an online petition, but letters, by virtue of taking that little bit more effort, carry more weight.

Mattel’s address is:

Mattel, Inc.
333 Continental Boulevard
El Segundo, CA 90245-5012
310-252-2000 tel
310- 252-2180 fax

Strong protest pulled the “Math is Hard!” Barbie. We can get rid of Barbie the Skank, too.

March 8, 2006 - Posted by | Uncategorized


  1. Neither have any of your 20-year-old daughter’s friends dress like that.

    Comment by Haley | March 8, 2006 | Reply

  2. I know I just commented, but I’m shocked/disgusted. What is that she’s supposed to be wearing? A scarf?!?

    Comment by Haley | March 8, 2006 | Reply

  3. At Amazon the customer reviews are interesting.

    Comment by jw | March 8, 2006 | Reply

  4. Dude, is that a skirt she’s supposedly wearing or did her tube top just slip down?? UGH.

    Comment by stefanierj | March 8, 2006 | Reply

  5. Nor has this 20 year old or any of my friends.

    That. is. disgusting.

    Comment by Angela | March 8, 2006 | Reply

  6. Looks like I had something to be worried about doesn’t it. I’ll write.


    Comment by Granny | March 8, 2006 | Reply

  7. Your other two posts are funny. Later – frantic at moment.

    Comment by Granny | March 8, 2006 | Reply

  8. I would not buy this doll for my daughter and I do find the look appalling.
    Having said that however, I also realize that most of my daughter’s dolls end up wearing a different doll’s clothes or going completely nude after the first 10 minutes out of the box.

    Comment by LoryKC | March 8, 2006 | Reply

  9. Oh muh gawd. That is like totally hot. Ugh, math is hard!

    It’s no wonder our girls are pressured into these ridiculous stereotypes, all for the sake of being rich and popular.

    Where is “Pet Rescue” and “AIDS Awareness” Barbie when you need her? Hmmm, that sounds like a fun game!

    Comment by ieatcrayonz | March 8, 2006 | Reply

  10. I’ll see what I can do.

    BTW, it’s been confirmed. I am coming in May. Woot!

    Comment by jen-o-rama | March 8, 2006 | Reply

  11. I just sent a link to your post to Blogging Baby. We’ll see what they do with it.

    Comment by Granny | March 8, 2006 | Reply

  12. I think I recognize this Barbie. I’m almost sure I gave her $20 for a …. ummmm… nevermind.
    What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas.

    Comment by Jeff | March 8, 2006 | Reply

  13. No way those little twig legs could support the weight of that big head.

    Comment by JulianB | March 8, 2006 | Reply

  14. okay, when I once tried to leave the house in a skirt not as short as that and paired with a long-sleeved shirt, my mom freaked. What 16-year-old is allowed to run around like THAT? And is that Ken’s old disco necktie she’s wearing as a top?

    Comment by kittenpie | March 8, 2006 | Reply

  15. Haley: I’m not sure. I like kittenpie’s idea down there: Ken’s old disco necktie? Whatever it is, it’s much, much too small.

    JW: I checked them out. Thanks. I didn’t know Mattel did this – or it’s Amazon doing it? I thought Amazon was books?

    Stefanierj: Thanks for the belly laugh, Stef. Her tube top slipped, but, amazingly, just at that very second, her hairband fell down across her nipples. Just barely.

    Angela: What a little trollop, huh? Someone wants us to think she’s representative, but you know she’s not!

    Granny: Thanks. That makes two letters! Anyone else?

    Lory: I know many little girls treat their dolls like that, so the damage to a particular child may be minimal. However, this doll represents is something pernicious: the overt sexualization of small children. What ON EARTH is a six-year-old doing playing with this thing?

    Crayonz: Well, exactly! And why not? Why not Pet Rescue Barbie, or Veterinarian Barbie – that’s a great, age-appropriate toy, and think of the accessories: lab coat, stethescope, metal table, and lots of puppies and kittens. That’s cool. These are SIX YEAR OLDS, Mattel! Little, little girls.

    Jen: Thanks! That’s three! Bring on May!!

    Jeff: See? SEE? I knew it!

    (And don’t you just want to run right out and buy one for YOUR little girls??)

    JulianB: You’re so right. And what about those eyes? One on each side of her head, like a horse. Only with more eye shadow.

    Kittenpie: My mother once stopped me from buying a certain outfit. “If you walk like a duck,” she said, “you’ll be taken for one.”

    I was 17. I said, “Huh??”

    She gave me a wry look. “Replace the ‘d’ with an ‘f’.”

    Oh. I didn’t buy it.

    Comment by Mary P. | March 8, 2006 | Reply

  16. I’ve said it before, and it applies to both Barbie and real life: If Paris Hilton would wear it, it’s not an appropriate wardrobe choice.

    Comment by MsSisyphus | March 8, 2006 | Reply

  17. I can’t even believe that. Puke. This is exactly why I do my best to stay out of Toys R Us and the Wal-Mart toy section. Of course, I realize avoidance isn’t going to work forever.

    Comment by Kristen | March 8, 2006 | Reply

  18. Have you heard about the divorce Barbie and Ken joke?

    Comment by Queen Bee | March 9, 2006 | Reply

  19. That is so the Paris Hilton Barbie! Yuck!

    I hope BB does pick up on your post. I will try to get to together to complain.

    Comment by mo-wo | March 9, 2006 | Reply

  20. MsS: The attention that Paris H. gets completely baffles me. She’s dumb as a post, she’s actually kind of plain, she has deplorable fashion sense, the morals of a cat in heat, and probably has only the vaguest of notions what “safe sex” is. Her only attraction is that she swims in money – and that only because she has a rich daddy.

    It’s kind of pathetic, all in all. Equally pathetic that anyone does more than look at her askance and then shrug and look away.

    Kristen: Ah. Toys R Us. Bastion of sexism. The “girl toy” aisle a fantasy confection of pink, pink, pink; the “boy toy” aisle a seething corridor of black and red incipient violence. The rest of the place is all right, though…

    QueenBee: I think so, but I have a terrible memory for jokes. I once received a forward suggesting other kinds of Barbies. The one that amused me was “Menopause Barbie” who’s a bit thicker around the middle, has flabby upper arms, comes with a hormone patch, her own fan, and, when you press her belly button, has hot flashes.

    Mo-wo: They already did. Fast, huh? And you make four so far. Thank you! I vaguely recall reading that companies in Canada assume a letter represents ten or twenty thousand people, so a letter matters.

    Comment by Mary P. | March 9, 2006 | Reply

  21. Ew. Add this to the list of things that I think are inappropriate for young girls.

    Comment by Candace | March 9, 2006 | Reply

  22. I just don’t get it. Every 16-year-old I see is wearing long jeans (pooled at the bottom and usually dragging a bit), a t-shirt, and a hoodie. It’s like the teenage uniform. I know Mattel is trying to keep up with the Bratz dolls (hate those too) but WHO in their right mind would suggest teenagers dress like this?! Or that it’s OK to do so?

    Oh, and ditto on every Paris Hilton sentiment you expressed.

    Comment by the weirdgirl | March 9, 2006 | Reply

  23. Candace: My girls were never attracted by this stuff, either because a) they were homeschooled at that age and missed out on the peer pressure, b) my constant brainwashing was successful, or c) they’re innately sensible. I’ve never even had that “Mummy, can I have this completely abhorrent toy, please, please, please?” discussion. For which I am grateful.

    Weirdgirl: Now that sounds like a sensible kind of teenage outfit: grungy enough to drive their mothers nuts and fulfill the rebellion requirement, but no skank factor.

    I have a friend who teaches high school, who calls Grade 10 (which is 16 years) the “Skank Year”. They’re trying this identity on for size; most of them outgrow it. (Paris never will, obviously, because she’s sixteen only on a really good day.)

    Comment by Mary P. | March 9, 2006 | Reply

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