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Tuesday, 17 January 2012

A Counter-Terrorist Named Barbie

Now, a disclaimer. I never played with Barbie and her friends. I had twenty-two dolls, (I was the only girl), and I duly baptized them all with the tap water, (and, I must admit, with holy water), and named them such late 1950s names as Cynthia, Daphne, MaryRose, Katy-Jane, Kimberley, Karen, Donna, and so on, unless they had names, like Shirley Temple, and my pre-Disney story-book dolls, Snow White, Rose Red, Sleeping Beauty, etc.

Barbie was not my thing. However, Barbie may become the iconic counter-terrorist for this site. Again, according to the keen Robert Spencer, she has been banned in Tehran. This is at least the second time Barbie has been made into an infidel doll. I can understand her appeal to very young ladies--the fake American dream of too-perfect figure, blond hair and trendy clothes-- the princess doll syndrome.

However, it is too much that Barbie is again labelled as a symbol of Western decadence. Well, maybe, in a strange way, she is, but I know lovely women in convents, traditional Catholic women, who were not as counter-cultural at the age of eight as I was, who loved their Barbies. Sigh, the only thing I really wanted for MaryRose and Karen was the pink vintage Barbie Austin Healey, but my dolls, all baptized and full of doll grace, would probably have not wanted to be caught dead in a Barbie car....

Daphne was rescued by one of my brothers from a pretend high-rise fire on my dad's recliner by a very large metal firetruck. She rode away perched on top of the ladder as my brother saved her, but that is not quite the same thing as moving in style in a pink vintage Austin Healey. Maybe this is what Tehran fears...women driving sports cars.

4 comments:

Judged By What I Do said...

Toys are not the fall of Western civilization. When I was kid, boys would try to destroy their sisters barbies in all too creative ways. The fall in our society was self inflicted. There's a sense of entitlement. Not only do I want the Barbie but all the other 36 accessories that come with it. And then one is not willing to work for it. There' nothing wrong with playing with a barbie unless you're a male. I wish my 5 kids would play with their toys and have an imagination, rather than just spend time on the computer. I almost want to throw my computer away as it is so time consuming. Pray for my family and I on this matter.

Supertradmum said...

Great comment and you made me laugh. I have to admit, my three brothers never destroyed any of my dolls. I shall pray for you and your family today. Simpler times are past...

One Step at a Time said...

Why can't you stop you kids using the computer? There has to be some family time when games and toys can be played with. Put the computer away for a certain day of the week. One day of the week is not a lot to ask for and maybe your kids will appreciate their parents more. They will always remember the fun times you had together but not the computer games they played.

New Sister said...

I loved Johnny Gruelle's Raggedy Ann & Andy stories. They were (still are!) my favorite dolls. (and I *wish* I had thought to baptize them!)