Bill Proposes To Ban Barbie

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Bill Proposes To Ban Barbie

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A West Virginia lawmaker wants to legally ban Barbie in the state, citing the dolls' negative influence on girls.

The creatively named Barbie Ban Bill proposes to ban sales of the doll (and presumably its accessories) in West Virginia, arguing that the dolls negatively influence young girls by putting more emphasis on physical beauty than their intellectual and emotional qualities.

"I just hate the image that we give to our kids that if you're beautiful, you're beautiful and you don't have to be smart," Democratic Delegate Jeff Eldridge, who is pushing the bill, said.

The bill's criticism of Mattel's dolls isn't exactly new - feminists and social critics have derided the messages of materialism and superficiality embodied in Barbie's impossibly small waist and pencil-thin limbs for some time now. Considering how old this argument is, as well as the amount of dolls (like those damn Bratz toys) out there that arguably perpetuate even worse values, it's a bit odd that West Virginia would suddenly want to get up in arms about Barbie. Eldrige himself seems to be aware of how silly this all is.

"I knew a lot of people were going to joke about it and poke fun at me," he admitted. "I couldn't get anybody to sign on the bill with me but I said I'm still going to introduce it."

Yeesh, he must really hate Barbie. Well, at least he's trying to ban dolls and not videogames. Nobody show him a Dead or Alive game or he'll try to get that banned too.

[Source: MSNBC]

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"I just hate the image that we give to our kids that if you're beautiful, you're beautiful and you don't have to be smart," Democratic Delegate Jeff Eldridge, who is pushing the bill, said.

Clearly, he forgot that Barbie has been a doctor, and the president. Silly man. There are far worse toys than Barbie for that negative influence, Barbie has always been shown as rich and sucessful.

Your right. Bratz are so, so much worst. Barbies make girls want to be pretty little princesses. Bratz make girls want to be Sluts.

Yay, some lawmakers finally got around to reading decade-old media cultural theory.

SomeBritishDude:
Bratz are so, so much worst. Barbies make girls want to be pretty little princes. Bratz make girls want to be Sluts.

Yup, Barbie's a saint compared to most toys out in the market today. The boat's already sailed, Democratic Delegate Jeff Eldridge.

SomeBritishDude:
Your right. Bratz are so, so much worst. Barbies make girls want to be pretty little princes. Bratz make girls want to be Sluts.

Yeah, my 5 year old cousin told everyone she wanted thongs for her birthday because that's what the Bratz dolls wear.

SomeBritishDude:
Your right. Bratz are so, so much worst. Barbies make girls want to be pretty little princes. Bratz make girls want to be Sluts.

More like big heads: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Mw1ARQc7vw

bluerahjah:

SomeBritishDude:
Your right. Bratz are so, so much worst. Barbies make girls want to be pretty little princes. Bratz make girls want to be Sluts.

Yeah, my 5 year old cousin told everyone she wanted thongs for her birthday because that's what the Bratz dolls wear.

South Park foretold this madness.

Wait, banning barbies...in VIRGINIA? Man, that one is a shock.

CoziestPigeon:
Wait, banning barbies...in VIRGINIA? Man, that one is a shock.

West Virginia, yes while my current state of residence the almighty Commonwealth is known for it's ridiculous laws, even they haven't gone that far.... yet.

Ya know it's bad when a bill is trying to be passed and you say to yourself, "Didn't people already bitch about that?" And it is odd that he goes after Barbie first when the first step is to get rid of Bratz.

Keane Ng:
Nobody show him a Dead or Alive game or he'll try to get that banned too.

Or any other game with a woman in it.

Thunderheavyarm:
Ya know it's bad when a bill is trying to be passed and you say to yourself, "Didn't people already bitch about that?" And it is odd that he goes after Barbie first when the first step is to get rid of Bratz.

Agreed. Bratz just promote a negative image with the damn name of them.

LIFE = PHAIL

Does this guy truly have nothing better to do with his time?
In response to previous posts Bratz would definitely be a much better target.

Liberals = EPIC PHAIL

Still, it's better to imitate Barbie than Klaus Barbie.

SomeBritishDude:
Your right. Bratz are so, so much worst. Barbies make girls want to be pretty little princesses. Bratz make girls want to be Sluts.

I know they made me want to be one... *sigh*

Unfortunately not working out so well...

Who knew that you can't just give sex to chicks whenever you want to? (Short of rape of course... oh and being Matt Damon maybe? Is he attractive? I think he must be... he's in good shape anyways. He has this kinda weird lip thing going on though. I wonder if girls notice that and think him less attractive because of it. Also, he usually has odd haircuts. Kinda dorky. But maybe girls find that cute? Who knows...)

If only we could ban banning unless there is an actual, direct physical danger involved. Yes, little girls may turn into whores in later life and be in danger of repeated pimpslaps, but that's an indirect danger from not paying the man.

Cajt:

bluerahjah:

SomeBritishDude:
Your right. Bratz are so, so much worst. Barbies make girls want to be pretty little princes. Bratz make girls want to be Sluts.

Yeah, my 5 year old cousin told everyone she wanted thongs for her birthday because that's what the Bratz dolls wear.

South Park foretold this madness.

that episode was about Paris Hilton

It reminds me of a good quote. "Democrats want to be your mommy, Republicans want to be your daddy, and Libertarians just want to treat you like an adult".

Let's hear it for the Puritan movement!

SomeBritishDude:
Your right. Bratz are so, so much worst. Barbies make girls want to be pretty little princesses. Bratz make girls want to be Sluts.

I agree, Barbie is definitely better than a lot of other toys out there.

SomeBritishDude:
Your right. Bratz are so, so much worst. Barbies make girls want to be pretty little princesses. Bratz make girls want to be Sluts.

AH HA HA HA HA HA HA!! Thats pure refined truth.

L33tsauce_Marty:

More like big heads: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Mw1ARQc7vw

Wow why haven't I seen this yet that was great!

bluerahjah:
Yeah, my 5 year old cousin told everyone she wanted thongs for her birthday because that's what the Bratz dolls wear.

That is seriously fucked up. Girls of that age should not be thinking about wether or not they should be wearing thongs.

wpheloung12:
Liberals = EPIC PHAIL

So you are using the idiotic statements of this man to say that liberals are bad?
Can I quote Ann Coulter, and call conservatives racist hate-mongers?

Let me see... Barbie makes girls want to just dress up in fancy dresses and such, while those Bratz things makes girls want to dress up like cheap tramps. I think the Bratz dolls are the bad influence.

Cliff_m85:
It reminds me of a good quote. "Democrats want to be your mommy, Republicans want to be your daddy, and Libertarians just want to treat you like an adult".

Well, maybe one of those drunk daddies who beats you and suppresses your creativity, but libertarians expect you to come out of the womb with a paycheck in one hand and a shotgun in the other

"...If you're beautiful, you're beautiful, you don't have to be smart..."

QFT

SomeBritishDude:
Your right. Bratz are so, so much worst. Barbies make girls want to be pretty little princesses. Bratz make girls want to be Sluts.

oh man, please ban Bratz. Leave Barbie alone!
Though... Barbie was originally designed after a German sex doll.
but whatever, dolls are for fantasy. how should we influence our childrens' imaginations? should we leave it up to free market capitalism like we've done?
we get Bratz. so we decide to intervene...
do dolls now have to come with calculators and mini shakespear plays?
really,
we should all make our own dolls.
but our culture is centered around consuming, not creating.
that is to say that which is created is created with the intention of being popular, and so naturally gravitates to the status quo.
after a few generations,
we get this homogenized archetype of the most shallow ego-driven tendencies in our culture -
Bratz. Shop-crazy, over-made up, slut machines.
a crying shame that.

I hate Barbie as much as the next over-eight-years-old person, but i dont think that its teaching little girls to be sluts. Bratz, on the other hand...

Cajt:

bluerahjah:

SomeBritishDude:
Your right. Bratz are so, so much worst. Barbies make girls want to be pretty little princes. Bratz make girls want to be Sluts.

Yeah, my 5 year old cousin told everyone she wanted thongs for her birthday because that's what the Bratz dolls wear.

South Park foretold this madness.

I love that episode....

anyway this is trueoust bratzare worse

Bratz are dead.... they got sued by Barbie and aren't allowed to make any more. Not kidding.

But... if they ban Barbie... what will I do in my spare time?

Yog Sothoth:
Bratz are dead.... they got sued by Barbie and aren't allowed to make any more. Not kidding.

Wow, I'm out of touch. Didn't know that. How long ago did this happen?

Thunderheavyarm:

Yog Sothoth:
Bratz are dead.... they got sued by Barbie and aren't allowed to make any more. Not kidding.

Wow, I'm out of touch. Didn't know that. How long ago did this happen?

Some time around last Christmas.... I'll dig up a story and link it here.... gimmme a few minutes...

EDIT: Here you go....

Yog Sothoth:

Thunderheavyarm:

Yog Sothoth:
Bratz are dead.... they got sued by Barbie and aren't allowed to make any more. Not kidding.

Wow, I'm out of touch. Didn't know that. How long ago did this happen?

Some time around last Christmas.... I'll dig up a story and link it here.... gimmme a few minutes...

EDIT: Here you go....

Huh...interesting. Well, now that Bratz is gone there's only the media that's causing girls to act that way. Good luck to whoever thinks they can kill that giant.

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