To start, Happy late Thanksgiving to all my fellow Americans! I hope you ate lots of turkey and mashed potatoes and pie. 😀
This post actually has its origins in Thanksgiving as well. More specifically, a commercial that played on NBC during the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. It starts out with talking about “what if girls thought they could do anything?” and there’s these little five or six year olds teaching a college class or coaching a professional soccer team. It was pretty awesome…until we discovered what the commercial was advertising.
It was, surprisingly, Barbie.
Which, in my opinion, feels kind of hypocritical. Barbie may have made a pretty cool commercial on the fact that girls can be anything, but what else do Barbie dolls teach little kids?
Barbies are the epitome of unrealistic body standards. Maybe that’s not exactly something little kids think about, but it’s not a good impression to make either way.
Yes, it’s crazy important that people know that they can be anything, but it’s also important that little kids don’t think of their bodies in the wrong way.
So good for you, Barbie, to make that commercial. But maybe next time teach them this. Teach them that their bodies are perfect the way they are. Teach them that nobody should look like their dolls. Teach them that they’re real too. And if you think that they don’t care, at least show us that you do.
I hope you enjoyed that! If you watched the commercial, what are your opinions? I’d loved to know!
Also, side note: I’m doing Blogmas! But, like, a really weird version of Blogmas in which only some stuff is holiday themed and I’m honestly just trying to post everyday. ACK. I fail at this. Wish me luck! Who else is doing it?