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Thursday, March 5

No stereotype here!

West Virginia state lawmaker proposes ban on Barbie just before she turns 50

West Virginia Democratic Delegate Jeff Eldridge Tuesday proposed a bill to ban the sale of Barbie and similar dolls that promote physical beauty to the detriment of girls' intellectual and emotional development.

"I just hate the image that we give to our kids that if you're beautiful, you're beautiful and you don't have to be smart," the second-term state lawmaker, who has been an educator and social worker, told West Virginia media Tuesday.

Barbie was banned in Montpelier, Vt., in 2006.

"I'd like to send a message to not only our children but parents and educators that let's push education over the importance of beauty."

The article goes on to describe what Barbie has “accomplished” during her 50 year career. A number of people questioned Delegate Eldridge’s sanity in some radio and tv interviews (not reported in the paper) and almost all expressed concern that there just might be more important issues to worry about.

One person commented about his lack of concern for G.I. Joe dolls as promoting violent behavior in boys but he had no comment on that.

My favorite radio blurb was a question concerning Eldridge’s worry about “pushing education over the importance of beauty.” When asked what his educational background was, there was no comment. (That also didn’t make the paper!)

So! Should we ban mirrors and makeup and ribbons and bows (for girls) but keep snips and snails and puppy dog tails (for boys)?

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