I'm fifteen and I've grown up playing barbies and they were always
naked, just because they're naked doesn't make it pornographic, nudity
is completely natural, you wouldn't sexualise your child when they're
naked or anyone else so why should a Barbie doll be any different.
As a child I grew up surrounded by barbies. My mom taught me well to respect
bodies, of my barbies as well as my own (because in my mind, they were real
people). It wasn't a big deal for me to see them naked, but I was their
mother. I was very careful to announce to everyone when the changing time was
and that 'all eyes should be averted'. Only one was ever covered up
with red sharpie, but that's because I liked to take baths with her, and it
made a convenient swimsuit that I didn't have to dry. So, honestly, I think
they should stay an innocent child's toy, and not be perverted by anyone.
No child, on their own, compares themselves to a barbie. That thought is placed
in their minds by another source. Just the same, no child will find anything
wrong will a naked barbie if they are not told it is a certain way. If parents
teach well, kids most likely will learn well. Leave it at that. Do your best,
and accept the outcome.
while on my mission a lady getting baptized had a few scenic posters with an
occasional nude. One day the sister missionaries and her had a great time
coloring on bathing suits onto the nudes. They had a great time and grew to be
closer friends because of it.
I actually agree with Chris, twice in one day, who knew. Shaming of the human
body leads to many of the mental health and social ills we see.
People are saying this is a problem because it gives girls a false image of
their bodies, but no one is considering what it does to those little girl's
brothers. I know that when I was a little kid I would take my sister's
barbies to take their clothes off and look at them. I definitely don't do
pornography now, but I was only able to overcome it by talking to my parents and
bishop. For a little boy who doesn't have the courage to talk to his
parents or bishop, those images can really give permanent damage and addiction
for many years. I know it sounds absurd, but it happened to me, I just overcame
it. Most people don't talk to their parents/bishop about it. It
doesn't seem like that could happen, but in the mind of a curious little
boy, pornography can come in many many different ways. It's a very
I grew up with Barbie in the 1960s and 70s and had no problem with body image
issues. As for modesty, my mother and grandmothers instilled in me very early on
about when it was appropriate to be naked and when my clothes should be on my
body. More positive female role models-less Sharpies, nail polish, duct tape,
King James Bible: And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not
ashamed. Gen 2:25I'm sure some readers have a problem with
I wonder if the the one piece, painted on swim suit Barbie will be allowed to
play with the bikini painted on swim suit Barbie? With all of the body image
issues young girls have, I'm surprised we haven't found a better, more
healthy toy for our girls to play with.
I can't believe that this is really an issue for some. I am going to share
this story with all my friends so they can have a good laugh like I did. If
only we spent as much time on the real problems in this state.
I'm sorry but this seems weird. I grew up in the 60s when you never saw
nudity in movies or the media. Barbies looked pretty much the same as I recall.
I don't remember any little kid having an issue with an undressed Barbie.
Drawing attention to it sends the wrong message and looks foolish in my
opinion.I agree with Chris B. (Hate it when that happens).
I would love to see a study on parents who want to cover up Barbie's
nakedness and see how many of them give their kids "the talk". I'm
willing to bet there are some pretty messed up views on the facts of life in
many of those households.
Every child is different. One size fits all parenting is not that effective.
My guess is mom and dad know which of their kids should have never-nude dolls to
play with and which should have nude-able dolls. What I want from pinterest is
the "never step on in the middle of the night" barbies. And legos for
I just never bought Barbies.. Problem solved.. Why do we want our daughters to
look up to unreasonable expectations?? If we as mothers would stop encouraging
the idolization of her, our girls would stop as well. My daughters all have
grown up happy and healthy without a supply of Barbies. I taught them to love
themselves and others for who they are not what they are. They played Barbies at
other peoples homes, and I never got freaked out about her. I just never bought
any. It isn't brain surgery. Just teach your daughters self respect.
I think Chris B has a point. But there are very practical, non-moralistic
reasons for covering the body: temperature regulation, protection from abrasions
or other harm, as well as attractive adornment and self expression. It is when
we enforce absolutes that we instill an artificial sense of shame that is
Also, I hope everyone got the Arrested Development reference with "Never
Nude Barbie". :-D
Modesty is about respect, not shame. Forcing children never to deal with
nudity, even with their dolls, except to avoid it when it might appear only
reinforces shame. The real solution is to put away the nail polish, put away
the Sharpies, and to actually sit with your children once they realize their
dolls are naked. Tell them: "Everyone is naked under their clothes.
Everyone was born into this world naked. Being naked is something we don't
usually do, though, because we believe that it's more respectful to cover
our nudity. If you like your dolls and want to respect them then you should
keep them clothed."Parenting through nail polish and sharpies is
nowhere near as effective, or as serious, as actually conversing with your child
to help them *understand* why nudity is something everyone generally avoids.
Because if you don't actually talk to your child about it, they might
easily come to the conclusion that nudity (and their own body when unclothed) is
so terrible that it must always be covered up and concealed, even with their
playtime toys. It's not; nudity is a fact of life to be dealt with
"without making them feel ashamed of themselves"Teaching
children that bodies should never be naked under any circumstance will do
exactly that. Should we be surprised our community has so many body issues,
more so than the rest of the nation?
With no prompting from me or my wife, my children used nail polish and permanent
markers to cover the nakedness of their Barbies years ago.
Only Barbie and her husband Ken should see Barbies naked body, not your child.
I know of SOOOOO many kids who had R rated play time with naked Barbie and Ken
dolls. Nail polish could help your child have play time rather than porn time.