3: No Directive
If Barbie was a real, living, breathing person she would not seem as perfect as she does in doll form. Her proportions blown up in to an actual female are probable in only 1 out of every 100,000 women in the world. Barbie would not have enough body fat to menstruate. Now that doesn’t seem very healthy! If a woman with a 28 inch waist was then changed to have Barbie proportions, she would have to 7’6 feet tall! This is only 2 inches shorter than the world’s tallest woman! But if we do it in reverse, instead using Barbie proportions on a woman is 5’6 so about average female height, her waist would have to shrink to 20 inches. Her bust line would be 27 inches and her hips would be 29 inches. So obviously Barbie’s proportions are unrealistic and many would argue that most toys are going to be unrealistic but the problem is that Barbie’s figure could be damaging to a woman’s health. I cringe just thinking about the back pain that would come with having to support those boobs with that tiny frame. Further research went to show that the proportions of Ken represents around 50 out of 100 men. There’s no denying that beauty standards are focused on girls more than boys. And yes, obviously not every little girl is going to develop massive physical and mental health problems as a result of playing with Barbie and trying to achieve her looks but some girls will. Just take a look at the girls around the globe who have undergone millions of dollars worth of surgery to try and look just like her. It’s sick. I think the Barbie brand has made some changes to try and deal with these issues, for example breast and shoe size but there is still not very much diversity in body shape and even the updated version of Barbie is still not representative of most girls.