Totally unrelated, I must tell you about cleaning out/up Sister's room. We came to the Barbies. I have a love/hate relationship with Barbie. I had them as a child...mostly I had my mom's Barbies...and I loved dressing them and fixing their hair. I also hate them because the current "standard of beauty" is skin deep, realistically un-attainable, and it's quite pathetic. That alone greatly influenced T and I in purposing not to introduce our girls to Barbie. However, over the years, Sister has been gifted with somewhere in the neighborhood of thirty Barbies.
So...Sister and I are cleaning up and I see the mound of Barbies. We pick several to give away, and come across four Ken dolls. Two are without clothing. I sent her, with them in hand, to her Daddy to ask if he was okay with her playing with these totally ripped dolls. (I'm not a fan of Ken.) His reply, "no." We checked out the other two and discovered, while still ripped, they weren't nearly as unrealistic. As I spoke with Sister on the "why" of our concern, we talked about the world's standard of beauty...and about God's standard of beauty. I picked up Barbie and we talked about how unrealistic she is (I'd like to add in that multiple times Sister has asked why there aren't any short Barbies or any "not so skinny" Barbies, etc.)- no one has legs that long and a waist that tiny (not to mention, Barbie had children!), or other parts that size. In an attempt to reinforce how unrealistic Barbie's measurements are, I asked, does so and so look like that? What about so and so? I named a few people and then asked, "does mommy look like that?" Sister's immediate reply, "well, most certainly NOT."
Now that I've opened a can of worms...state your thoughts, please.