It seems it’s hard to do anything right these days.
Ask yourself, as a nation are we becoming hypersensitive & too easily offended?
One “news” story (and yes I’m using quotation marks) doing the rounds at the moment is regarding the outrage over a book published by Random House. More specifically a Barbie book in which Barbie seeks help from two boys because she can’t fix her computer programming problem – cue anger and deep discussion on sexism, woman’s empowerment & equality.
Offensive or just unfortunate that another crappily written book has been published. Is it really teaching children to be reliant on men or devaluing women. Is it such a shock that Barbie’s not great at everything. We could look at is as teaching kids that sometimes we all need a little help – even Barbie!
The book was first published in 2010 do we really have to dig that far back for something to complain & whinge about? If I was a 7 year old girl I honestly can’t think of anything more boring than reading about Barbie trying to fix a computer anyway. Don’t like it? Don’t buy it.
(comments left by the public on a website who ran the story)
I don’t think it’s Barbie at her finest but I don’t find it “disturbingly sexist” as the books has been described. We’d be doing well as a nation if this was the most disturbing example of sexism in today’s society.
I first came across this story on a news program last night. It was this same day social media was jammed full of pictures of a the latest Barbie doll, who in my opinion is the coolest one thus far. She represents a realistic body image and has the proportions of an average woman – she also comes with cellulite, pimples and even stretch marks. Yay for teaching our girls “imperfections” are normal, celebrating them & ourselves just as we are. It’s so good to see us as a community evolving in that aspect. Was that story discussed on this particular news show as well? Nope.
So do we need to take offence to every small (and probably) unintentional human slip up?
Speaking up for women’s rights, rights in general and calling out those who are promoting damaging concepts and ideals is 100% necessary I’m just saying I think we need to pick and choose our fights. Conserve our energy for our real battles. So the next generation know what those really are.
Call a body beautiful and you’re objectifying a woman and not appreciating her for her intelligence and personality enough.
We live in a word of body-shaming. Fat-shaming. Skinny-shaming. Fit-shaming. Ideal-shaming. Shaming.
Be yourself. Don’t care what others think but oh no don’t do that, that’s not how we do it. Follow the beat of your own drum, but follow it correctly.
A more prominent figure posts a picture eating a giant burger and coke – they’re promoting unhealthy lifestyle and encouraging obesity.
Post too many pictures at the gym or of salads and you are bordering on an unhealthy obsession and making others feel bad about themselves for not doing the same.
Okay yes I am being over the top but it has its truth.
The healthy-balanced life has never been more unattainable.
I’m all for equality, health, teaching the right lessons to our children, standing up for what we believe in and making the world a kinder, better place but I think we all need to step back.
Let the preverbal water slide off the ducks back perhaps?
I think it could cause more harm than good creating outrage over every smaller issue.
Have a laugh at the book. Take pleasure in being able to bin one of many annoying books your children own and force you to read ad nauseum. Silver linings.
Want to see children’s reactions to the new barbie?