Girls who play with Barbie may not see their full career potential


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  • For what it is worth Grantsville, UT
    March 11, 2014 2:38 p.m.

    If you give a boy a football to enjoy for a while, wait a FEW minutes to ask what he wants to be when he grows up, would you be surprised if he says he wants to be in the NFL?

    Interview women CEO's, nurses, accountants, engineers and ask what their favorite toys as girls to see if they played with Barbie. If they are under 60 years old, nearly every woman played with Barbie. All my sons played with footballs, basketballs, baseballs and planned on being professional athletes. Get real and publish real news. This study is useless and your editors knew it was useless too!

  • Hank Jr Draper, UT
    March 11, 2014 12:44 p.m.

    And as for boys who play with Barbies, we all know how that turns out.

  • Ann Amberly Greenbelt, MD
    March 11, 2014 12:09 p.m.

    The final statement is wrong. Lammily has raised 410% of what he sought--he has raised about $400,000 and getting more each day! I pre-ordered 2 Lammilys for my girls. I am SO glad that there will finally be a normal looking girl doll on the scene. Barbie is harmful, no doubt about it! The swiftness with which Lammily raised his money shows there is a tremendous desire for a health alternative to Barbie.

  • small school fan Duchesne, UT
    March 9, 2014 11:21 a.m.

    That might be the most ridiculous "science" ever. Let a small sample play with toys for ten minutes, then do a survey? Then ignore all possible variables, and say the three toys affected kids development.

    No wonder our society is in such trouble, with so-called science like that.

  • arand Huntsville, u
    March 6, 2014 11:45 a.m.

    I wouldn't blame it all on Barbie, it is the whole Hollywood and TV movies are kids are subjected to every single day. It makes a lot of kids feel it you don't have that sexy look, you are worthless. Even the commercials.

  • Lobotech Grantsville, UT
    March 6, 2014 9:18 a.m.

    They are trotting out this again? They tried this study years ago. It fell through then too. Boys normally play with boy things, girls play with girl things. A little thing they need to be introduced to called normal.

  • 1.96 Standard Deviations OREM, UT
    March 6, 2014 9:00 a.m.

    This study was done in the name of science? What a shame. Gives science a bad name.

    I think the researchers of this study still need to learn one principle lesson of statistical analysis: There is a huge difference between statistical significance and practical/relevant significance. This study has no relevant significance whatsoever.

    Claiming statistical significance does not mean it is gospel. Give me a break.

  • USAlover Salt Lake City, UT
    March 6, 2014 8:45 a.m.

    This might be the dumbest study I've ever read.

  • jeanie orem, UT
    March 6, 2014 8:00 a.m.

    I played with Barbie as a kid. The main thing I did with her was design clothes from my mom's fabric scraps. It was fun, but other than that she didn't seem very useful. No matter how she came dressed, to my young mind it was only a new fashion, not a new occupation.

    As a mom I steared away from Barbie. She just struck me as a toy with little depth and with so many other cool toys to pick from not really worth it.

    According to educational psychology kids play and pretend for a reason. By exploring and dreaming they begin to develope attitudes and ideas about the adult world and their place in it. It is an important developmental stage worth some consideration.

    I do not believe girls who play with Barbies are doomed to a limited life, but it does assist in shaping their perceptions of women's possibilities, and no matter how Barbie is dressed or what accessories accompany her she still speaks loudly to a limited role.

  • Steven S Jarvis Orem, UT
    March 6, 2014 7:37 a.m.

    This is another case of flawed scientific research that wouldn't even stand up as a contender at the third grade science fair. There are too many variables at work with the experiment including parenting and what sorts of careers the mothers had.

  • DN Subscriber Cottonwood Heights, UT
    March 6, 2014 6:55 a.m.

    Please tell me three things:

    1- This was NOT a "study" paid for by us taxpayers.

    2- This is really satire from The Onion, or something, not a serious "news story."

    3. Is there actually a publication called "Sex Roles?" If so, it must have some extreme feminist agenda.

  • Incite Full Layton, UT
    March 6, 2014 6:44 a.m.

    This whole sort of article feeds into the hobby-parent mentality of wanting to do "everything perfect" so that little kiddo ends up baggage free. Just another reason to scare parents away from letting their children have a normal childhood. Every little thing their prescious hobby-child does must be scrutinized, right, to make sure little Junior gets ahead of those other, more limited kids that play with dolls. Yes, parents can have an impact on their kids, but it isn't the barbie doll that makes them uninspired...
    Never do psychologiest prove themselves more a waste of space than when they do these sorts of ridiculous parental paranoia witchhunts...

  • I know it. I Live it. I Love it. Provo, UT
    March 5, 2014 11:37 p.m.

    Life isn't about a career. It's about being happy. Barbie doesn't teach girls good practices for being happy.

  • truth in all its forms henderson, NV
    March 5, 2014 11:03 p.m.

    I disagree, Barbie did everything! She was an astronaut,race-car driver, chef etc. You name it she did it!

  • Hoosier Mom FISHERS, IN
    March 5, 2014 10:42 p.m.

    Seriously? My mom bought me and my sister the very first Barbie produced. I wanted to be an astronaut and ended up doing lots of amazing things and my sister owns her own business. Barbie is a toy. I did not get or lose my self image from a doll. I had fun pretending,(something kids don't do much of anymore), made clothes for her, and designed treehouses and elevators for her. I didn't notice or compare her figure to mine. She was after all, a plastic toy. It never crossed my mind. Perhaps we should let kids play on their own and not inflict our adult "sensibilities" on them.

  • Janet Ontario, OR
    March 5, 2014 7:22 p.m.

    I think this is a false-cause fallacy. Parents have a huge influence on what children think of themselves and their possibilities. Girls who choose Mr. Potato Head are already thinking outside the box. Girls who are into Barbies may have parents who encourage traditional female roles, and thus traditional toys. I seriously doubt that playing with a Barbie in a lab setting puts new paradigms into little girls' minds.