A Case of the Human Condition: Banning Barbie in West Virginia

By Barbara Falconer Newhall

Ban Barbie? Seriously?

Yes, says Jeff Eldridge, a second-term Democratic delegate to the West Virginia legislature. Eldridge asserts that the Barbie doll encourages little girls to develop their physical beauty over their intellectual and emotional development, so he’s introduced a bill banning the sale of Barbie dolls in the state of West Virginia.

“I just hate the image that we give to our kids that if you’re beautiful, you’re beautiful and you don’t have to be smart,” Eldridge told West Virginia media on Tuesday.

For details, check out the Pittsburgh Post-Gazzette report.

What do you think? Does the buxom, skinny-hipped Barbie have the right to a spot on the shelves of America’s toy stores?



  1. legislators had to realize proposing a Barbie ban would cause a big media stir but, then again, maybe this was strategic…

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