Toys Like Me: Barbie dolls and Legos Why diversity matters
#Cosmoread: Playtime kids’ perspectives and what is “good” when it comes to body image is sweeping views of new, diverse toys come on the market, as the sociologists say.
Last week, Mattel, the doll with long, shapely and beautiful body types included a new line of its iconic Barbie announced. These dolls, seven skin tones, eye color and 24 hairstyles, 22’s, Mattel said in a news announcement.
Meanwhile, this June Lego, Lego spokesman Michael McNally said set your “fun park” Minifigure plans to sell a building in a wheelchair.
Changes toy (and sociology) has set the world abuzz.
“I am totally in favor of it,” Kjerstin Gruys, Stanford University Clayman Institute for Gender Research, a postdoctoral scholar said. “The most frequent thing healthy body image among girls and boys predicted an openness that bodies of all shapes and sizes, come in addition to the texture and color is developing.”
Many studies show that the original Barbie kids feel self-conscious about their weight may suggest. A 2006 study published in the journal Developmental Psychology, 162 girls, 5 to 8 years, Barbie doll, Emme doll (which is a more realistic body shape) or were asked to view images of a doll. Later, he answered questions about body image.
Barbie saw the young girls who were allegedly lower body esteem and a “greater desire for a thinner body size,” After playtime, the researchers wrote. That is a matter for the body dissatisfaction, unhealthy eating behavior is a factor, “specifically a diet which is the strongest factor in the development of an eating disorder,” Gruys said.
However, the effect did not hold the older girls in the study, the researchers found.
“Some people might say, ‘Oh, that’s because the filter is not the young girls to think critically,’ The truth is likely more complex, Gruys said. Maybe the older girls already Barbie is internalized messages from the body image (and, to be honest, most of the media) by the time they are 8 years old.
Until then, “is playing with a Barbie does not affect the way they feel, because they already think of themselves that way ,” she said.
Barbie is not only glamorized figure. Skinny model beautiful child on a daily basis and are bombarded with images of the actor. But the thin body are not “bad” Gruys said. “The point is that when kids only see the body in a way, it’s their right as any other type of body that limits the ability to see.”
Dolls of the girls’ career goals can be discouraging. In a 2014 study in the journal Sex Roles, 37 girls 4 to 7 years old, a doctor Barbie, Barbie or a Mrs. Potato Head doll with 5 minutes played. Later, they can do specific jobs about whether girls or boys answered questions.
Mrs. Potato Head girls said they had jobs and more than Barbie could group (even those who played with Barbie Doctor), the researchers found.
“This is the most direct connection, such as Barbie and Career stereotypically, highly feminized saw playing with toys in the middle of a study,” Elizabeth Sweet, of California, Davis, professor of sociology at the University who was not involved with the said the study.
New Barbie Fashion acceptable body size may expand children’s ideas, but do not know whether it is enough.
“This is a minor change, really,” Sweet told Live Science. “Only a little more shapely shapely doll, but still very thin, tall and beautiful girls.”
In fact, he was sweet in skin color and hair texture is most excited about the variety. Historically speaking, the majority of toys wearing white skin, sweet, who did his dissertation on ethnic diversity among the toys said.
“Between the 1920s and 1970s, there were almost toys any nonwhite characters,” Sweet said. “Toy variety of characters between the 1970s and 1990s was the increase,” but they also became more gendered.
Diverse variety of Barbie a real step forward, said Sweet. Dolls in UK company Makies, walking canes, hearing aids and stains, and Lammily and Lottie doll is made more realistic body shape made doll with – however, Mattel is hardly the only company to take the leap.