Banning Barbie in West Virginia

By: Cathleen Moxley Email
By: Cathleen Moxley Email

A popular toy that's been around for half a century may soon be taken off the shelves in West Virginia.

The proposal to ban Barbie isn't sitting well with folks in the Mountain State.

Barbie is getting ready to celebrate her 50th birthday, but she may not be getting the best present from West Virginia. Delegate Jeff Eldridge has proposed a bill to ban the doll, saying it influences girls to put too much importance on physical beauty at the expense of their intellectual development. But others say it's just a toy.

"There was always the dream to look like barbie, but it wasn't reality. Barbie was just some plastic figure that was fake," Lori Jackson who grew up playing with Barbies said.

Barbara White has fond memories of her daughter playing with barbies.

"We used to go to Canada and we'd take the Barbies and she'd set them all across the dashboard," she said.

Now that was about 35 years ago, but even today White says Barbie never had a negative impact on her daughter.

"She loved them. She knew people didn't look like that. They're dolls," White said.

Dolls that after fifty years are causing controversy in the Mountain State.


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  • by Samantha Location: Glenville on Mar 23, 2009 at 04:40 PM
    Give me a break, I believe this is one of the most pethetic things I've ever heard. I am 25 yrs old and had played with Barbie from age 3 to 11 or 12, it was my favorite toy and i still have ALL of my old ones to pass down to my little girl. I believe if they are making such a big deal about Barbies(which is stupid), then what about these toy guns for little boys, or these games where the object is to blow up other people. And what about these play kitchens and brooms and vacumm cleaners that to some people(not me) would say thats saying that "woman should only be cleaning or cooking we don't want them growning up thinking that". All of this is just stupidity, my daughter will have Barbies to play with and a huge dollhouse too. Does anyone know who i can contact about this? As you can tell i'm highly oppinionated. I would like to say what i think.
  • by katie Location: Texas on Mar 12, 2009 at 02:36 PM
    Oh geez... this has to be the most ludicrous thing I have ever heard. First, the feminist groups get Mattle to ugly her up by fattening her legs and flattening her chest and making her face look ugly to make THEMselves feel better and now this... Instead of banning Barbie why don't they ban size 0 teen models and diet commercials instead... I am sure that does more harm to a girls self image than a doll that has been around for 50 years... I must be an exception to the rule since I played with Barbies my entire childhood and have a great self image of myself.... He seems like an idiot..
  • by Tonya B Location: Raleigh,NC on Mar 10, 2009 at 11:36 AM
    Well, if parent's really need to blame a child's toy for their child's behavior then we should all laugh at that parent. However; before I would pull Barbie off any shelves anywhere, would one not agree that the Bratz Dolls are much more....well, I do not have the words to describe it..or shall I say they just look slutty. But no parent can blame their parenting skills, or lack there of, on any toy!!No even the Bratz!
  • by Absurd Location: Small town on Mar 6, 2009 at 05:40 PM
    I honestly believe this is the most RIDICULOUS and ABSURD thing EVER!! Honestly, could he get any lower? We have too many issues to deal with already as it is including the economy! And he wants to ban BARBIE dolls?! What kind of crap is this?! I've grown up playing with barbies and I never found a thing wrong with it! I didn't have low self-esteem from her! Maybe they should ban toy guns so that way it doesn't promote violence? He needs to do his job and let the kids do what they please. Don't blame barbie, blame the media, that has more to do with it than anything!
  • by LOL Location: Elizabeth West Virginia on Mar 6, 2009 at 08:18 AM
    This is a typical politician just trying to get his name in the paper for something. If he really wants to do something maybe he should start with ther job he was elected to do make a better living enviroment in West Virginia and let the parents be in control of what our kids do. We have enough stupid stuff from our elected jokes already, maybe they need to be reminded why they are there.
  • by Kate on Mar 5, 2009 at 09:20 PM
    This is just another way to waste taxpayer money. Who is Mr Eldridge that he thinks he is the one in charge of children's self-esteem? Let parents do their jobs, and let Mr. Eldridge find some other ridiculous way to waste money and time. How did this man get elected?
  • by julie Location: parkersburg on Mar 5, 2009 at 08:24 PM
    I think Mr. Eldridge bought stock in Barbie and he's trying to make the cost go up!! What a waste of time!!
  • by HUH?? Location: Ohio on Mar 5, 2009 at 07:23 PM
    This is the dumbest thing I've ever heard of. Whats next, banning the sale of baseballs because they influence little boys to take steroids. Maybe we should ban the game Monopoly too because that teaches kids to be greedy money hungry bankers. I think we need to ban all politicians.(maybe a bit drastic).
  • by BOB Location: PARKERSBURG on Mar 5, 2009 at 06:18 PM
    THIS IS WHY WEST VIRGINIA LOOKS SO STUPID IN OTHER STATES EYES.GET REAL!!! WORRY ABOUT THE METH LABS,CHILD MOLESTERS AND MOST OF ALL THE ECONOMY
  • by lou Location: ohio on Mar 5, 2009 at 06:15 PM
    it will be interesting to see how high the Barbie sales go in WV.
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