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Monday, July 5, 2010

Eat, drink and be girly!!!

Barbie giveaway.... SO it's almost my 350th post... and I want to celebrate with 2 giveaways... I know Barbie is not the best for self-image.. and to be honest I did not have one as a child .. as my grandmother did not allow it.. but I played with them at friends homes...      I am not a total girl girl I can be a bit of a tomboy.... but I liked Barbie even if....
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  Some of her clothes... are to short and to risque... but She does have a sense of fashion.
  I recently read this earticle...and it got me thinking about Barbie again.. and so why not a giveaway....?

Barbie, as beautiful as she is, has had a tough life. She's not well liked by everyone.  In fact, Barbie has taken a lot of heat for damaging women's body images, or at least being a symbol for it.
While I've never been a big fan of Barbie due to the casual link between body image issues and this blonde bombshell, my perception of Barbie recently changed after reading Barbie and Ruth: The Story of the World's Most Famous Doll and the Woman Who Created Her by Robin Gerber. This is a biography of Ruth Handler, the creator of Barbie.
The book seemed to point to this conclusion. The development of Barbie was not intended to damage women's self image but appeared to pump of the self-esteem of one woman, Ruth Handler. Her own self-esteem hinged on being a successful business woman and Barbie is simply how she got to the top.
On the other hand, Ruth indicated that girls projected themselves into their fantasy play with dolls. Girls want to be older girls. They could project who they wanted to be onto adult dolls they played with. So, in some ways, she may have actually helped women to start practicing other roles, besides being a mother, earlier in their life. Barbie could do anything-travel, work, or play. Girls were not trapped into one role as a mother as was the case when they played with baby dolls.
Why did Ruth disregard baby dolls? She probably did so because she didn't have a strong bond with her own biological mother. She wasn't familiar with the roll of mother, as was later evident with her own two children. She struggled to have a close relationship with her children, Barbie and Ken (who she later named the dolls after).

What is ironic is that Ruth, the person who introduced the word to dolls with breasts, lost her own due to breast cancer. What she took away from women's body image via Barbie, she redeemed herself a bit with women struggling with breast cancer. Ruth developed the first breast prosthetic created by a woman. Prior to this, the prosthetics were developed by men, uncomfortable and not life like. Her invention was remarkable and she changed the lives of women everywhere. Letters poured in from breast cancer survivors around the world thanking Ruth for helping their self-esteem after losing a breast. It was her first taste of a real connection with other women.
Barbie's negative symbolism and impact on body image clearly overshadows the rest of the story. Ruth was one of the first female entrepreneurs, was a woman who took risks, and someone who help women with breast cancer recover their self-esteem.
The Lesson: We all have to be mindful of how we build and nurture our own self-esteem. Enduring self-esteem comes from positive, genuine relationships, not success, in business or academics, that comes and goes.  What keeps us grounded? Real connections with others. Thank you to the author of this interesting, well-written book. It's likely that I may not be in love with Barbie.  .







  I have seen grown ups have barbie parties... and young girls...

 So what could you win...















Set of 4 Dessert plates


pink and black and white.. they say
Life is short buy the shoes...
A little sassy...but oh, so classy
Friends don't let friends shop alone
I exercise, I play phone tag....

and a Thai barbie brand new collector edition


 So what are the rules...leave me a comment and please list them by numbers
I will be checking.... ( it's the teacher in me)
1 entry to be a new follower
1entry to like or be a follower of wasabi mommy on facebook
1 entry to grab my button and put it on your blog
Add the giveaway to your side bar and get 2 entries
Post about the giveaway and my blog.. and get 4 entries...

I will be doing the drawing.. Friday July 9th...  GOOD luck...

4 comments:

meeyeehere said...

1. I am a new follower.
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Haupi said...

I've got your button posted up on my blog. Hope I win, I love the plates and while, like you, I have issues with the Barbie doll, I have to admit I loved her as a child too, smiles.

Haupi
http://hauplight.blogspot.com/

Untypically Jia said...

I'm a new Follower visiting from TTA!

Untypically Jiaar

Mama Hen said...

What a neat blog! You have a new follower from TTA! Come and visit Mama's Little Chick. By the way, I love the Breakfast Club!

Mama Hen

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