Barbie Under Attack Again… and Again
Girl Scout Barbie Patch
Marquette, Mi – March 10, 2014 – “Be Anything… Do Everything” A Good or Bad Message?
The Girl Scouts last week denied requests by two different advocacy groups to end their relationship with Barbie (the doll kids have been playing with for over 50 years). The first corporate sponsored Patch (targeted at 5-8 year-old brownies & daisies) encourages girls and reinforces the message that they can be anything they want to be. The message on the patch is “Be Anything… Do Everything”.
Of course anything can be taken the wrong way. Some may see the “do anything” message as negative – and if you’re not in your right mind, you may interpret it that way. Most of us (those in our right minds) choose to see the positive message, that girls should be open to the possibility of any career… that girls can follow their dreams to be anything, and they should be open to experience things that my lead them in any direction.
In these days when money going to non-profit organizations is tight, corporate sponsorship seems like a good thing. Companies giving back and supporting positive messages I something to praise – not disparage.
Barbie has held over 150 careers since her arrival on the scene. I suppose the negative people will see that as a sign that she can’t hold a job, or that she can’t make up her mind. Thankfully, we don’t see her in the job of those whiny little voices who complained about this in the first place.