Friday, May 13, 2011

. . . In a Barbie World

I came across an article a few days ago, and I've been laughing ever since.  How funny is this picture!?   

The girl on the right, Galia Slayen, took Barbie's "womanly" measurments, and proportioned them to a life-sized person.  She then made a papier-mache model to visually display her calculations.  The roughly 6 foot tall woman measures 39" at the bust, 18" around her waist, and 33" at her hips (and her arms are really funny looking, too).

My mom is a retired JR high math teacher, and she once did this same experiment with her classes.  Way to go, Mom.  It's such a great idea, and seeing a model of a life-size person with Barbie's proportions truly brings out the ridiculuousness of her measurements.  

Now, don't get me wrong.  I do believe that, for several years, I single-handedly drove up Barbie's stock value beginning in the late eighties.  This girl has played with her fair share of Barbie dolls, and relished every minute of it.  But, wow, really?!?  This is what we give little girls to play with, and then wonder why we all grow up to have physical insecurities

If you want to read the full article from The Today Show, here's the link:

I haven't blogged much lately mostly because I've been busy, and there's nothing new to report (other than the fact that my husband is officially DONE with law school... all that's left is graduation... whoo hoo!!).  This, however, was too good to pass up.  If the moral of the story doesn't interest you, at least you can chuckle at the picture one more time.  :)



  1. Haha this is so funny! Love it.

  2. Wanted to invite you to the Arkansas Women Bloggers Conference on June 10 - 12!

    I didn't see an email on your website to send you a direct note, so I apologize for using a comment to share the information.

    Hope you can join us to meet fellow Arkansas Women Bloggers, bond and be inspired!

    Conference details:

    Beth Stephens
    Ozark Natural Science Center

  3. ok this is so funny it's creepy but i think it could be good for a story in the newspaper. good job keep on wrighting artcles like tis and youll have a great future.



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