How about Mattel starts making dolls that look like women they see every day - mothers, teachers, aunts, cousins, etc., so that children know that there isn’t one standard of beauty.
How about we don’t tell children they have to look like Barbie to be beautiful.
Barbie isn’t beautiful. She’s made of plastic.
And I’m not really against Barbie dolls as a whole - I played with Barbies growing up. But there is definitely something twisted about making a Barbie without hair because we think it will make little girls with cancer feel beautiful.
And how about little boys, who might not want to play with Barbie, who probably feel just as badly about themselves? Or, for that matter, little girls who hate pink, who can’t identify with a doll because they prefer books or animals or playing with other toys. These children deserve to feel beautiful, too.
Some suggestions for things that would probably work better than a baldy Barbie?
-Shave your head to match the child in your life who is suffering. If donating is important to you, donate your hair to Locks of Love.
-Spend time with that child - making art, reading books, making music. Investing time in a child makes them feel far more special than dumping a bunch of dolls in their hospital bed to keep them company.
-TELL THAT CHILD WITH CANCER THAT THEY ARE BEAUTIFUL. Do this with actions as well as words - hugs, kisses, treats.
-Let that child meet other children (or even adults) with cancer. If children are surrounded by people they care about who have the same disease, they will see past the sickness and view those people as folks they can confide in, identify with - people who understand them. Children who realize that they can find others with cancer beautiful are probably more likely to realize that they are beautiful, too.
Children are far, far more complicated than Barbies would make us believe.