Recently I noticed a trend in toys industry that still didn’t caught interest in media and newspapers. Over the decades, toys have increased in size, putting the emphasis on muscles and curves. Although I don’t know much about barbie dolls, I recognized the great difference in the look of 1950s Barbie and 2012 Barbie. Lets analyze the picture below.
1950s Barbie 2012 Barbie
Old Barbie looks classy, elegant and natural. No special importance is put on her body constitution. New Barbie, on the other side, promotes the significance of… well, different attributes. Such new trend is not only reserved for girl toys. Similar thing is happening with our favorite Action Man. On the left is picture of Action Man from 1978 and on the right is the picture of new 2012 Action Man.
1978 Action Man 2012 Action Man
Clearly, the new action man has visited the gym few times, and by the look of his arm veins I believe he experimented a bit with steroids too. What is the reason behind such dramatic change in physical proportions of modern toys? Are we sending a wrong message to our kids that play with those toys every day? Are we creating the wrong standards for socially acceptable appearance? Naw, here is my modest suggestion.
We should all continue to impose the societal standards for fake breasts and huge muscles to our young children. Why stop there? We should create even bigger and less natural toys, so that kids have what to strive for. Parents should force their sons to start going at the gym when they are 10 years old. That way the kids are not going to be at home much and they will have a nice hobby in the free time. Of course, the use of steroids in the early age is highly recommended. Not only the kids would be buffed in no time but they would look so much like their action figures. Plus, we all know how kids usually have no energy and they just sit quietly in the room all day. Now think of them on steroids, they would be piece of cake to handle. We would actually do favor to the parents around the world. Oh, speaking of favors around the world, I’m sure Nike’s sweatshops in Indonesia could use more muscles on their underage workers.
Now why should boys have all the fun? After all, the new Barbies set a pretty high standards too. What more ethical thing the parents can do for their children than to schedule them appointment with the plastic surgeon. Talking about suitable presents, happy sweet thirteen with breast enlargement and liposuction. That way little girls will look similar to their favorite Barbie and they are granted to become more popular in elementary school. In addition, their new floating devices would help them so much with swimming classes.
All in all, their are so many benefits for staying on this prosperous road of toys modification. I can’t possibly imagine why you wouldn’t agree with me. After all, what wrong can happen with altering children perception of real world in early stages of their development?