Covering up Barbie: Parents who oppose naked dolls find solution, generate controversy

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  • Cathybettsg Ipswich, 00
    Aug. 13, 2015 12:47 p.m.

    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.

  • Annie-nator Vinton, LA
    Oct. 24, 2013 5:18 p.m.

    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.

  • raybies Layton, UT
    Oct. 24, 2013 9:45 a.m.

    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.

  • spring street SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Oct. 23, 2013 1:53 p.m.

    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.

  • Wingnut1 USA, UT
    Oct. 22, 2013 4:24 p.m.

    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 dangerous thing.

  • badgergirl Up North, WI
    Oct. 22, 2013 4:05 p.m.

    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, ect.

  • BYU Track Star Los Angeles, CA
    Oct. 22, 2013 4:00 p.m.

    King James Bible: And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed. Gen 2:25

    I'm sure some readers have a problem with this.

  • thpslc Holladay, UT
    Oct. 22, 2013 3:47 p.m.

    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.

  • Candide Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 22, 2013 2:54 p.m.

    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.

  • SoCalChris Riverside, CA
    Oct. 22, 2013 2:49 p.m.

    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).

  • Brave Sir Robin San Diego, CA
    Oct. 22, 2013 1:59 p.m.

    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.

  • John20000 Cedar Hills, UT
    Oct. 22, 2013 1:41 p.m.

    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 that matter.

  • LLPreschool Preston, ID
    Oct. 22, 2013 1:27 p.m.

    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.

  • southmtnman Provo, UT
    Oct. 22, 2013 1:05 p.m.

    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 harmful.

  • NoCoolName_Tom Lafayette, CA
    Oct. 22, 2013 1:04 p.m.

    Also, I hope everyone got the Arrested Development reference with "Never Nude Barbie". :-D

  • NoCoolName_Tom Lafayette, CA
    Oct. 22, 2013 1:02 p.m.

    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 intelligently.

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 22, 2013 12:46 p.m.

    "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?

  • southmtnman Provo, UT
    Oct. 22, 2013 12:41 p.m.

    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.

  • SenoraJefe orem, UT
    Oct. 22, 2013 12:36 p.m.

    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.