Go Bald, Barbie
For girls and women with cancer, 'she'd be perfect': Mary Elizabeth Williams
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 13, 2012 2:47 PM CST
An image of a bald Barbie from a Facebook campaign.   (Facebook)

(Newser) – A Facebook campaign asking Mattel to consider a bald Barbie to inspire hope in girls with cancer has taken off in a big way this week, and that's a wonderful thing, writes Mary Elizabeth Williams at Salon. This would be bold new territory for the icon, and Mattel has been non-committal in its responses so far. Go for it, writes Williams, who thinks the doll would be a "runaway hit" with older women losing their hair, too.

Barbie, after all, is happy and hopeful, and girls look up to that more than her fab accessories and impossible proportions. "A doll that represents possibility, to both children and adults facing the pain of disease and the day-to-day ordeal of looking different, would be so much more than beautiful," writes Williams. "She’d be a beacon of joy. She’d be perfect." Read the full column here.

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Jan 14, 2012 1:21 PM CST
I want my barbie to come with a sling! I want my barbie to come with inter-muscular injections that make it impossible for her to smile! I could see the reasoning behind it but I doubt it will happen. Unless they donate the profits and make it a tax write off to save some money at the end of the fiscal year everyone will claim they're profiting from cancer.
Jan 14, 2012 7:02 AM CST
should have done this long before you went gay!!!!!!!!!!!
Jan 13, 2012 5:40 PM CST
Or, even not necessarily cancer---the powerful statement that one does not need hair to be beautiful, that we should think for ourselves what is beautiful and feminine, instead of handing down prejudices. Of course, this would not go over well with parents. (Look at Tattoo Barbie hahaha)