A legislator in West Virginia wants to ban Barbie? Stupid, but true. Jeff Eldridge (D-Idiot) has introduced House Bill 2918, presumably to protect the children of West Virginia from the subversive dangers of Barbie and her sisters.
If enacted, the Code of West Virginia would be amended as follows:
“It shall be unlawful in the state to sell “Barbie” dolls and other similar dolls that promote or influence girls to place an undue importance on physical beauty to the detriment of their intellectual and emotional development.
NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to ban the sale of Barbie dolls and other similar dolls.”
So the wording of the amendment itself dives into politically correct rhetoric, in an attempt to protect little girls from the undue influence of Doctor Barbie, Lawyer Barbie, Veterinarian Barbie, not to mention Nurse Barbie and Teacher Barbie. But the actual purpose of the bill is simply to ban the sale of Barbie and similar dolls. If passed, it may encourage Mattel to introduce Outlaw Barbie.
This makes me wonder if Rep. Eldridge has received campaign contributions from the makers of Raggedy Ann or the Cabbage Patch Kids lately. Either that, or since Ken, G.I. Joe, or any of the other boy dolls action figures are not mentioned in the bill, perhaps there’s some questionable gender identity politicking going on here… Or maybe there’s just nothing else that needs fixing in West Virginia these days.
“If we had that other image of Barbie being smart, and beautiful as well,” West Virginia’s Eldridge adds, “I think that would be a great image to send to our young kids.”
“How exactly do you suppose a toy maker would design a doll to look smart? Eyeglasses, of course, always convey a keen intellect.
But because beauty is only skin deep and few dolls discuss Keynes, constructing an intelligent-looking doll would seem to be as difficult as making, say, a Cabinet doll behind in his taxes, complete with congressional hearing furniture and other dolls that say, “He’s already apologized” and “It was an honest mistake.'”
What’s next? The banning of little girls playing “Mystery Date”? Sheesh.