Chelsea Roff: Barbie Launches Presidential Bid

The Weekly Weigh-In with Chelsea Roff

Move out of the way Obama and Romney… Barbie is running for President of The United States of America. But she’s not just planning on winning over voters with her good looks…. Check out her platform:

Is it weird that I’m a little disappointed the plastic doll has yet to take any strong stands on the debate over women’s reproductive rights? Come on now, Barbie, we need you in there. KUDOS for the totally awesome campaign name though — the “Glam-paign”. I hope none of the Republican candidates steal it.

But hey, let’s give credit where credit is due. Apparently Barbie plans to bridge the American racial divide by transforming herself into four different ethnicities! Now that’s impressive.  Watch out Hillary Clinton.

All joking aside, I’m glad to see Mattel making an effort to inspire young girls to get involved in the political process. I do wish, however, that the role model we showcase to young girls was a little more representative of real life women. I remember reading a study a while back that suggested that if Barbie were life size she would be 5’9″ tall, have a 39″ bust, an 18″ waist, and a BMI of 16.4. In all likelihood, she would lack the body fat percentage needed to menstruate.

But she’s a plastic doll. If we’re relying on a Toys ‘R Us toy to serve as the exemplar of a beautiful, empowered woman… well, that’s where the real problem lies. It’s time we elect a real woman of substance to presidential office in the United States.

Would you vote for Barbie?

Photo: BBC News