Toys for little girls get a “slinky” makeover Show Notes

Wednesday, May 08, 2013 Host(s): Dr. Bill Maier
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The classic board game Candy Land has gotten another makeover, and according to Atlantic Magazine, some people aren't thrilled with the results this time around.

Why? Because Candy Land characters Queen Frostine and Princess Lolly look distinctly more “slinky” than in previous generations.

Columnist Peggy Orenstein writes "Candy Land isn't the only classic that has, without our notice, gotten a hot makeover--and I'm not the only one who finds this evolution alarming.”

Orenstein points out that the Disney Princesses have grown gradually more skinny and coy over time.  Even Strawberry Shortcake, Rainbow Brite, Trolls have been put on a diet.

Orenstein says “When our kids play with toys that we played with, we assume that they are the same as they were when we were younger. But they aren't. Not at all. Our girls (and our boys) are now bombarded from the get-go with images of women whose bodies range from unattainable to implausible.”

In a related story, the website rehabs.com is currently showing its users how impossible it would be to look like a Barbie doll, even if a woman had an eating disorder.

According to the section of its site called “Dying to be Barbie,” Barbie’s measurements are a physiological impossibility.

Her neck's too thin to hold her head up.  Her feet would force her to walk on all fours.  And her waist is so thin that she'd only have room for half her liver and a "few inches of intestine."

As the father of two young girls, these reports are another reminder of how vigilant I need to be about the messages and images I allow my daughters to be exposed to.  This and the fact that I need to work doubly hard at reminding them that character is what’s really important—not outward appearance.

I’m Bill Maier for WBCL.
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