questionshave you heard about bald barbie?

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As I recall all of my little sister's Barbies ended up bald anyway.

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yeah! i saw the piece diane sawyer did last night. i think it is a really good idea. and although mattel says they do not accept unsolicited ideas, i think they should make this exception.

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"Bald Barbie".... Is that a euphemism?

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Yes I have, and I think it's wonderful. Now if they would only have a more realistic sized barbie...

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@bella - you mean a Barbie that's around six feet in height? That's called a RealDoll. Google it.

A bald Barbie would be the first to have the drapes match the carpet.

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Maybe because I am male, I don't understand... but who gets their hope from a doll? I certainly didn't get much hope from G.I. Joe action figures. He-Man didn't inspire me to much of anything as a human being (the figure, not the show).

I would rather these kids get their hope from survivors and from reality, not from a piece of plastic. They should be able to look at the adults in their life and draw real hope, so that when they grow older they can pass that on. Relying on plastic instead of human interaction won't help the kid in the long run, and I can't see helping even in the short run.

While the intention behind the ideal is nice, put that money directly into research for a reliable company trying to actually find a CURE, not to educate, and that money will go into a better place.

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@geredeth: As a guy with no sisters, I think I still can understand a little bit. I think there are many normal little girls to whom their dolls are very vividly imagined friends, and this push would give affected girls the chance to have a friend they can sympathize with, and who can "sympathize" back.

I don't think these girls won't look up to other real life girls who survived cancer, and I would imagine their parents would encourage that. But there are separate areas of life and thought being addressed by you and by the promoters of these dolls: reality and imagination. Both are important, and both help us develop, heal, and grow.

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My nieces donate their hair once a year to make wigs for girls with these conditions.

Agree that "bald Barbie" is relatively minor compared to looking up to real people, but it still helps to see your situation reflected in other facets of life, even toys. By analogy it's much more helpful for minorities to look up to real-life role models, but being able to buy a doll at the store that actually looks like you makes more difference than one might think.

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I've seen a photoshopped version of the 1998 Holiday Barbie posted on Facebook. She already had a black evening gown with a pink shawl that looked like the breast cancer ribbon. All they had to do was make her bald and add package graphics calling her "Hope Barbie" and promising proceeds would go to St.Judes research. Just google image Hope Barbie and you can find it.

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Barbie is the most sexist toy ever created. It creates a stigma in young girls to believe they are only beautiful if they look like their doll. Feminists have consistently spoken out against Barbies, and the supporters of bald Barbie are just trying to exploit their popularity. If you want to help young children cope with illness, there are already many (literally hundreds) of other organization, programs, and toys that are less divisive than this.

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@dpiercy85: That's a pretty sweeping generalization to say little girls get their ideals of beauty from Barbie. I played for years with Barbie, Francie, Malibu PJ & Ken with his fleshtone skivvies. I cannot ever remember thinking "this is how should look when I grow up." I DO remember wanting my straight blonde hair to flip up like Francie's. I also played with cowboy capguns, Hot Wheels, Tonka trucks, & GI Joe--he dated Francie since she liked the real life hair & beard. No damage done.

My cues for what was beautiful came from my parents (& probably TV). I remember thinking my mom was beautiful, especially when dressed for formal occasions. She was the epitome of perfumed glamour with her lipstick, up-do's & ball gowns. In my child's mind, Barbie & friends were just too oddly shaped for me to want to look like them, but they DID allow me to use my imagination building houses & outfits for them from what I found around my home. Give children a broad base & they'll turn out fine.

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In the 60's I had a doll (Barbies friend Midge) she had no hair and came with a set of wigs blond, red, and brunette. It was a great idea even back then. they should revamp that idea and reintroduce Barbie in this fashion.