Friday, February 28, 2014

Why Barbie isn't Welcome in our House

There have been many debates about one of the World's most iconic toys, Barbie. However, I feel there is no stronger argument than the one I am about to make here. 

Why Barbie isn't Welcome in our House: A winning argument against the iconic doll.

Sure, I could discuss the controversy of the latest Sports Illustrated cover or delve further into her unrealistic body and how it is harming the self esteem of young girls. I could even go into the anti-feminist culture she is perpetuating with her pink everything and girled up version of normal careers. I could even turn these arguments around and contend that Barbie's are aimed as "girl" toys. That can damaging to boys as well, who should be welcome to play with Barbie too. 

But alas, none of these points will matter after this:

This Barbie doll comes complete with her pooch Taffy, a pink heart embellished pooper scooper and freaking dog shit! Taffy even has karate chop like pooping action. When I first saw this commercial I had to check and make sure I didn't accidentally change the channel to SNL or something. I rewound it, watched it again, and then called my husband into the room to see for himself and confirm I wasn't hallucinating. I was not. I mean, in the word's of Mattel themselves, anything is possible, but really?
So let me break down why this Barbie isn't welcome in our house. 

I Need No More Poop In My Life

I have a two year old, three dogs, and a husband who luckily has his own bathroom. I am constantly dealing with poop between swishing a dirty cloth diaper in the toilet and hand-bagging a lawn sausage. I do not need to then deal with plastic poop. My poop quota is all full.

Poop Play is Generally Discouraged

Kids are impressionable and curious beings. I don't need my son thinking poop is a toy. I also don't need him thinking he can magically make the dogs dispense their own poop toys at his control. We just learned the "don't put your finger in the dog's butt" lesson, so let's not draw attention back to that area. 

My Dogs are Tortured Enough

Just living with a toddler is a hard enough on a pet. They are constantly chased, ridden, yelled at, and subjected to other tactics that seem straight out of a Gitmo prison. They do not need this toy to fuel my toddler's antics in any way.

I Just Cannot

Really. I could not handle this toy in my home. I have not done enough kegels to keep from wetting myself every time my child pulled out this Barbie play set. I cannot believe this toy made it past the Mattel big wigs and onto the shelves. I also can't believe it's not even on sale on Amazon. 
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  1. Now what about the feed and change babies? Because those are disgusting! The ones with the little packets of food you dissolve so it actually looks like poo and not just water? Ugh.. NOT looking forward to that.

  2. Seriously. Don't toy makers realize we deal with enough grossness already raising kids?

  3. I couldn't help but laugh. I got such a kick out of this post. But seriously... NO! EW and NO! lol I'm all for the Legos and Tinkers, and Dolls, but there is definitely a limit.

  4. I love how I was led into some philosophical list and then BAM! That made me laugh Elizabeth, thank you. My kids think that poopin dog game that came out a little over a year ago is a riot when they see the commercial... but I would never have that in my house either.

  5. Glad you enjoyed it Joann. I got so tired of seeing this commercial every day, I just had to put in my two cents.

  6. Thanks Laura. This is definitely past my limits as well. I know I'd just end up picking up after Taffy the pup myself once the novelty wore off too.

  7. Too funny, Elizabeth! I've had plenty of poop in my life, too, without a two-year old! Love it!

  8. Thanks Carole. Yes, you have a dealt with plenty too! Haha.


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