We have lifted the moratorium on Barbie. There were several factors, and one of the biggest was kindergarten peer pressure. Yep. You read that right. We just decided our discomfort with Barbie was not worth the tears and stress our daughter experienced over not having some of the same toys as other girls in her class. Now before some of you go postal on me, let me say: its Barbie. Not a crack pipe. We feel that some level of “what everyone else is doing” is actually important to their social lives. They need to be conversant in certain things like sports, tv shows, music and, yes, Barbie in order to function in their social world. Just like adults.
Before you cry, “That’s insane! Adults don’t have to conform!” I have a friend who loathes sports, thinks most of them are barbaric, and yet knew he needed to keep up with at least 2 major sports (he chose baseball and college basketball) to have conversations with people in his office in order to maintain effective working relationships. He also knew he had to take up golf because the reality is much of the business he is successful at gets done on the golf course. Ridiculous? Of course. But reality.
Sounds like a crazy parallel, but in reality it is the same thing as my daughter needing to be conversant in Barbie. Again, we’re not handing her a crack pipe or even a Wii or Nintendo DS. We aren’t going to give in to her every whim every time she whines about “what everyone else has.” But Barbie wasn’t a big enough deal for us to take a philosophical stand, like with, say hooker dolls Bratz.
Ok, bring it on. What are your thoughts?