WV Lawmaker Wants To Ban Barbie

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Charleston, W.Va. (AP) -- Barbie could get an unwelcome present for her 50th birthday: outlawed in West Virginia.

A state lawmaker proposed a bill Tuesday to ban sales of the iconic Mattel doll and others like her.

The proposal from Democratic delegate Jeff Eldridge says such toys influence girls to place too much importance on physical beauty, at the expense of their intellectual and emotional development.

A Mattel Spokeswoman did not immediately respond to a request for comment Tuesday.

The Barbie doll officially turns 50 on March 9, and the toy maker has made big plans this year to mark the anniversary.

Barbie has had her foes over that half-century.

Critics say the doll promotes materialism and an unnatural body image.

(Copyright 2009 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)


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  • by yulissa Location: atlanta on Mar 20, 2009 at 06:28 AM
    i think people should not stop makeing barbies because the represent the modren women every where no matter what the look like
  • by Jane Location: Atlanta on Mar 5, 2009 at 06:13 PM
    all those poor skinny meth heads in WVA make Barbie look fat by comparison. this guy is just a woman hater who hates what Barbie represents, the modern liberated woman
  • by Sharon Location: vienna on Mar 5, 2009 at 03:02 AM
    SO THIS IS WHAT WEST VIRGINIA LAWMAKERS DO. BAN TOYS INSTEAD OF GETTING DOWN TO REAL BUSINESS WITH THE ECONOMY, PLANT CLOSINGS, ETC. WEST VIRGINIA DOESN'T NEED SOMEONE IN CONGRESS THAT MAKES THESE KIND OF DECISIONS. PEOPLE VIEW US AS HILLBILLIES ANYWAY SO THIS DOESN'T HELP OUR IMAGE AT ALL.
  • by Garrett Location: Ct on Mar 4, 2009 at 08:38 PM
    Don't we have more important things to worry about. The Barbie doll has been around for many years and has taken on many different roles. I'm sure that society can make it by safely no matter what Barbie looks like at this point in time as long as she comes across somewhat respectable. How about worrying about things that are really important like creating work for those that are unemployed or food for those the are not able to make ends meet.
  • by George Flinn Location: Washington WW on Mar 4, 2009 at 08:30 PM
    I THINK THEY NEED TO THINK MORE ON ARE JOBS THEN TRYING TO BAN BARBIE ITS BEEN HERE FOR HOW MANY YEARS AND NOW THEY THINK IT A INPACK ON KIDS. THE INPACK IS THE ONES WHO SITS BEHIDE A DESK TO HAVE ALL THAT TIME TO THINK UP WITH THIS STUFF.MABE THEY NEED TO FINE THEM A NEW JOB. IF THEY HAD TO GO OUT TO FINE A JOB THEN THEY WOULD SEE HOW BAD WEST VIRGINIA IS TO GET A JOB. I THINK THEY NEED TO LEAVE BARBIE ALONE ITS JUST A DOLL ITS NOT GOING TO HURT ANY KID.
  • by Alex Location: Doylestown, PA on Mar 4, 2009 at 07:42 PM
    Mr. Eldridge is getting ahead of himself. The party plan was to have government encourage lending to subprime borrowers over many years via instruments such as the Community Reinvestment Act, Fannie Mae, and Freddie Mac ("Government Supported Enterprises") creating a government-industry cartel. Then when this blows up, blame it on free markets and use it as pretext to extend massive control over the banking industry making everyone pay except for those responsible. In addition, the plan was to fund many PhD environmentalists to prove that carbon dioxide, the main gas breathed by plants that make our food, is really a pollution. Then use this as pretext to enforce massive government control over the energy industry. Only after the party has control of society's money and energy will it make sense to force little girls to play with fat proletariat dolls with angle length grey dresses.
  • by AJ on Mar 4, 2009 at 07:15 PM
    Does the state lawmaker clown have an ugly daughter?
  • by Belpre Barbie on Mar 4, 2009 at 06:38 PM
    No doubt about it: Barbie is a gal who engenders intense feelings. As biographer M.G.Lord puts it, "For every mother that embraces Barbie . . . there is another mother who tries to banish Barbie from the house."
  • by louise Bennett Location: Waverly, WV on Mar 4, 2009 at 03:48 PM
    What's wrong with people. I say Keep Barbie. Take away the vido games. a lot of them are killing, We have enough of that with all the killing in these games. I know a boy who is in trouble at school for talking of killing. It is comming from a vido game he got for chirstmas. It looks to me like someone has too much time or their hands. Just leave barbie alone. a lot of people collect barbies. and will go to other states to buy her. I know I will. Both my daughter and grand daughter played with barbies. It sure diden't hurt them any.
  • by Sharon Location: Parkersburg on Mar 4, 2009 at 03:30 PM
    What's next, Bratz dolls, GI Joes? Why don't they work on banning the porn shops instead?
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