Dolls And Princesses Do Not Make Girls Insecure

Dolls And Princesses Do Not Make Girls Insecure

They are cartoons and are meant to look like cartoons.

There have been a lot of articles and discussions floating around lately of what girls are exposed to and how it shapes their perception of themselves. One major topic is how the damage starts at a young age with dolls and cartoons and how it sets the foundation for how a girl will see herself and the world around her growing up.

There are endless articles claiming that dolls like Barbie and Bratz as well as Disney Princesses make girls insecure. They say that they make girls insecure about their bodies and are terrible role models who teach girls that they need to be saved by a man.

If you’ve been on the internet lately then you have to have seen at least one article showing Disney Princesses with “realistic” bodies. Instead of the typical cartoonish, pencil-thin waistlines, they depict them with much fuller figures. They say that these are the bodies that girls must see and aspire to in order to not grow up with body image issues.

However, this argument that a doll or a cartoon will have so much influence on a young girls’ perception of herself that she will grow up having a warped sense of reality is utterly ridiculous. No doubt there may be a rare case where that may happen, but the chances are slim.

Myself, my sister, and many of my friends grew up playing with Barbie and Bratz dolls and watching Disney Princess movies. When playing with dolls, a six-year-old girl isn’t going to be focusing on the dolls body type and how she can look more like that doll. All a kid is really going to care about is what story they can come up with to play out, brushing their hair, and putting pretty clothes on it.

The same deal goes for Disney Princess movies. Did we really care about Ariel’s small waist as a child? Did Cinderella really make us feel like we needed to rely on a Prince Charming to come save us? Was the main thing we learned from Belle that we could not be strong, independent women? What we paid any attention to at all was the songs and the story. If anything, we took positive messages from the characters.

And yet, supposed studies are telling us that these things are severely damaging to a girls’ psyche. So people either turn away from them entirely, or try to change them to make them more “realistic.”

At the same time though, while trying to uplift others by making them appeal to one type of body, you isolate another group of people entirely. These re-drawings of Disney princesses say that the ideal body type is that of someone who is heavier and curvy. There are plenty of people in the world who do not fit that standard, plenty of people are very thin and can’t help that they look that way either.

A couple years ago, Mattel debuted a new line of Barbie dolls that would encompass all shapes and sizes. This line of dolls took the movement to a positive new direction because it recognized that not everyone looks the same and tried to include everyone on the spectrum.

But what’s really going to influence a child is not the characters that fill their imagination with fun, but the adults around them who project these ideas of insecurity onto their children. If you truly believe that the size of a Barbie dolls waist is offensive, maybe you’re projecting that insecurity onto a child close to you. A doll on its own is not going to make a young girl feel bad about herself.

The bottom line is, Barbie’s, Bratz, and Disney Princesses are not real. They are cartoons and are meant to look like cartoons, not real people. Young girls are not going to look at them as bad influences as adults would. They only see fun and imagination in them and that’s what we should leave it at. Let kids be kids.

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15 Underrepresented And Undeniably Beautiful Physical Features The Media Tends To Ignore

It's time to cherish ALL features, not just the ones that society wants us to.

It is quite clear that society and the media has a specific type of person that is constantly portrayed as the most beautiful or desirable. In reality, the earth is much too diverse to fit into one certain mold. Below are some physical features that are commonly underrepresented. Let us cherish and embrace them!

1. Prominent noses

The beauty industry constantly supplies pictures of people with small noses and forget about those with larger, flatter noses. Both are beautiful, and anyone with any kind of nose shape deserve to have themselves represented in a beautiful way.

2. Monolids

Monolids are overlooked in Western beauty and discouraged in Asian beauty, yet they are so charming. People all over the world are born with monolids and should embrace them for all of their elegance.

3. Cellulite

There are tons of unrealistic expectations in the media, but cellulite seems to be one of the most common. Millions of people everywhere have dimpled skin and should feel empowered by it, not ashamed of it.

4. Thin Lips

It is commonly believed that the plumper your lips, the more attractive they are. Thinner lips are not always displayed in the beauty industry but are just as valid and luscious as bigger lips!

5. Dark Skin

Even though we were #blessed with this year's "Black Panther," there is still a huge void of people with darker skin in the media all over the world, including Asia and America. People of all shades and colors deserve to feel worthy and graceful, especially those with underrepresented skin.

6. Freckles/Moles

PSA: Freckles are completely adorable. They're polka dots for your body! Too often people in the media try to cover them up, but freckles and moles are unique to every person and deserve to be seen.

7. Natural/Un-plucked Eyebrows

As someone with large, bushy eyebrows, people I grew up with would make fun of their hairiness and untamed nature. People with bigger eyebrows and people who choose not to pluck them should feel confident and beautiful in whatever way they choose to style their brows.

8. Round Faces

So often, people with slender and ovular faces tend to dominate the beauty industry, but plenty of people in the world have rounder, larger cheeks that deserve their appearance to be shown.

9. Birthmarks/Natural Discoloration

People like Winnie Harlow have defied the expectations of a "beautiful" girl and showed the world that skin discolorations are special and breathtaking. Anyone deserves to have their choice of whether or not they want to cover up, and should feel confident in either option.

10. Brown Eyes

Growing up with brown eyes, society and everyone me taught me that brown eyes were inferior and not as beautiful as blue or green eyes, and I wish I had known that none of that is true. Brown eyes are just as stunning as lighter colored eyes, no matter the hue.

11. Acne/Scarring

There is rarely a time where people in the media, especially the modeling industry, do not cover up their acne or skin blemishes. This promotes unhealthy expectations of one's skin, as there is no one with completely pristine skin. Acne, pimples and scarring should be normalized, not demonized.

12. People In Wheelchairs/Prosthetics

Rarely do we see disabled people represented in the media, but people like Muniba Mazari make it a necessity. People with physical disabilities deserve to have their presence seen in a way that does not dehumanize them but normalizes them.

13. Elderly Men And Women

It always amazes me with the amount of time some people choose to put into "anti-aging" types of solutions — growing old is a wonderful and miraculous process. Everyone needs to see that wrinkles and aging effects are normal and nothing to be ashamed of.

14. Plus Size Men And Women

People like Ashley Graham have completely changed the modeling game, making it more plus-size friendly and inclusive. Throughout history, the formula for beauty was the skinnier, the better. Luckily, people are starting to embrace natural curves for all of their beauty and glory!

15. Red Hair

Red hair is such a unique and interesting feature that some people "dye" to have! In recent years, we have been able to see people in roles like Beverly Marsh from "It," Mad Max from "Stranger Things" or Cheryl Blossom from "Riverdale" that show how exceptional that fiery hair can be.

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8 Summer Time Struggles You'll Only Understand If You're Whiter Than Mayonnaise

A jar of mayonnaise could get a tan easier than me.

With Spring and Summer around the corner, everyone is slowing trading in their thick layers and boots for daisy dukes and tank tops. We are quite literally shedding our winter coats. It is truly a great time of the year. But for some, it is not as great as it is for others. I'm talking about all my pale people out there. If you find yourself paperwhite, immune to tanning, pasty AF, and most likely covered in freckles, then this article is for you.

Now, even though the sun is my mortal enemy, I still love the warmer seasons because I am not the devil. But, with warmer weather, us pale folks have a few struggles that seem to happen each year, no matter how hard we try to prevent it.

1. You can't wear a swimsuit without blinding every unfortunate soul that sees you

^ Everyone after you take off your cover-up to reveal your blindingly pale stomach (and rest of your body).

I can't go swimming without one person commenting on how pale my thighs and stomach are. I get it; I look like the Pillsbury Dough Boy.

^ In case you needed a visual, this is the Pillsbury Dough Boy, AKA me.

2. You HAVE to wear 1,000,000,000,000 SPF sunscreen

Because if you don't you will be set on fire by the sun and die. No exaggeration.

3. You don't tan you just get more freckles

It looks like an entire constellation of stars is mapped out on my face by the end of the summer.

4. Your sunburns NEVER fade into a tan

You would hope that after being burned to a crisp you would at least get a tan in the end. But no, you are wrong if you ever hope for such fantasies.

5. People constantly compare their new, golden tan to your pasty pale skin

^ Me every time after someone holds up their beautifully tanned arm to my translucent arm. Yes, you are tanner than me, but so is a napkin.

6. Fake tans are not as promising as they seem

To look like a Cheeto or a piece of paper? Neither are ideal options.

7. You are the "pale friend" of your friend group

^ Me every time my friends start to complain about their tan lines.

8. You are too pale for some swimsuits

Some colors are just not going to look good up against paper, pale skin, especially when so much of that pale skin is visible.

But in the end, you just have to embrace your luminous skin and not care that you look like Casper the friendly ghost — because everyone is beautiful in their own way!!! (Sorry for the sap.)

Now go put on some sunscreen.

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