House Bill 2918, introduced Tuesday, would make it unlawful to sell Barbie and similar dolls "that promote or influence girls to place an undue importance on physical beauty to the detriment of their intellectual and emotional development."(via Don Surber)
"That's the image out there that's the most impressionable on our younger children, especially our little girls -- 'I want to be like Barbie,'" said the bill's sponsor, Delegate Jeff Eldridge, D-Lincoln. "If we had that other image of Barbie being smart, and beautiful as well, I think that would be a great image to send to our young kids. "
No immediate comment was available Tuesday from toy company Mattel, which manufactures Barbie dolls. The bill's introduction comes just days before Barbie celebrates her 50th anniversary on March 9.
Even if the bill fails, Eldridge believes it will send a message to retailers to "step it up to another level."
Friday, March 06, 2009
Liberal Idiocy of the Day
The West Virgina legislature is considering banning Barbie: