A few weeks ago, I had a discussion with a friend of mine about the “life size” Barbie doll images that were floating around the interwebz. It’s a pretty old myth that if Barbie were a real woman, she’d be unable to support her giant boobs on her skinny little body and she probably wouldn’t be able to menstruate. It’s one that’s been repeated over and over and over. And it is one that drives me nuts.
The reason it drives me nuts is because it just isn’t true. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not a fan of Barbie dolls. I don’t think that a super skinny blonde whining about how “Math class is tough!” is a good standard for girls (or boys!) to try to live up to. Which is just what makes it so difficult for me to call BS on the myth. On the one hand, I value truth more than just about anything. But sometimes that leaves me in a position where I have to defend things I don’t like.
So when do you call BS? Do you let a myth slide if it’s about something you don’t like? Or do you call it out for being a myth, regardless of what the implications might be?
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