Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Barbie is Immodest

Modesty in dress is a quality of mind and heart, born of respect for oneself, one’s fellowmen, and the Creator of us all. Modesty reflects an attitude of humility, decency and propriety.

Barbie is immodest. Shocker, I know. This is nothing new, she's had trouble for years. As a result, we try to buy only the modestly dressed Barbies; honestly, we don't buy many.

But this morning, I'm mad all over again. This morning I saw an ad in a magazine for the latest Barbie Movie, A Christmas Carol. On it, Barbie is sporting a sparkling gown with a plunging neckline, down to her bellybutton! These Barbie movies are marketed to 2-8-year-olds. Is that the kind of outfit that a child should want? Is that the kind of dress that a teenager should want?

I'm disappointed. All morning I've been searching the web for some place to log a complaint. I finally had to call Mattel. They didn't even have the movie in their computer system. Then I tried Universal Studios. There is absolutely no contact information for them anywhere. So I had to settle on my little blog.

Barbie (and Mattel and Universal Studios) need help. They need a few lessons in modesty, what it is and why it is important. In this age of feminine enlightenment, we should insist that women are important and strong and wonderful enough without baring our private body parts. We are elegant and beautiful with all our bodies covered. The light from our eyes and emanating from our lives is what makes us beautiful, not our bare skin.

So Barbie (and Mattel and Universal Studios) perhaps you should put on a new dress. Perhaps you should try to "be clothed with humility" (1 Peter 5:5) or "clothed with purity, yea, even with the robe of righteousness" (2 Nephi 9:14) and then they will find themselves "clothed with power and great glory" (D&C 45:44) and not some flimsy garment meant to attract attention for all the wrong reasons.


Paige said...

AMEN Sister!!!

Alisa said...

Hahaha. Paige stole my comment. You know, her dress is ridiculous. I'm sad to see Barbie is placed as a role model for kids.

Here's a link to the movie's cover for those who want to see what we're talking about: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barbie_in_a_Christmas_Carol . I hope you don't mind me posting it, since it's supposedly child appropriate.

Shell said...

totally yucky, There isn't much that bothers me more than societies total obsession with inappropriate female behavior, dress and attitudes.

LuckyMatt said...

Nicely ranted, sweetie. That's my wife!

cb said...

Mattel doesn't give a damn about morals or values. They're in it to make money. Morals and values don't sell. Sex and images sell. Sad but true.

Mom said...

I totally agree. I'm glad my grandkids are being raised by such wonderful parents who can see things clearly and teach them appropriate values. Thank you.