On this day, March 9, in 1959, Babrie was displayed for the first time. This was the first time a toy featuring a mature female was mass produced. The Barbie stood eleven inches tall, with full and long blond hair. The creator of Babrie was a woman by the name of Ruth Handler, who co-founded Mattel, Inc. with her husband in 1945. The duo would continue to make toys for years to come, but none quite as controversial as the Barbie.
While the initial Barbie doll was inspired by a German doll named Lilli, from a comic strip character, the doll would be doomed to constant change and argument as the women were never happy with the look and still argue about how Barbie should look. This doll would be criticized as a stereotype of women with impossible dimensions to acquire, as the concept of it just being a doll to play with would be forgotten. The focus will forever be about women competing with the appearance of a doll.
This ongoing struggle shows the lack of confidence that women have, that they feel threatened by a kid’s toy. This also shows how they take that issue and put it on everyone else to deal with. Once a female feels that she is inadequate, she attacks and attempts to change that which she feels threated by, making progress wait for them to find validation. This problem is largely found in situations where more women gather together. Once they begin gossiping, it becomes a contest, and that is something the female mind seems to be unable to get past.
This issue has largely harmed the youth of boys who get put into the firing line of these females’ squabbles. Now, we face boys being constantly told how lesser they are compared to girls in nearly every facet of society. In my youth, I learned the the poem:
“What are little boys made of?
Snips and snails
And puppy-dogs’ tails
That’s what little boys are made of
What are little girls made of?
Sugar and spice
And everything nice
That’s what little girls are made of”
This sexist propaganda is everywhere, all because the female has a problem with self-confidence. They need constant validation of their beauty and worth, and cannot tolerate competition. Not even from a toy.
~Uly the Cunning