'Average Barbie' No Better Than Actual Barbie
In fact, 'Lammily' may do even more harm: Virginia Postrel
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 11, 2014 1:08 PM CDT
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(Newser) – Barbie has been much derided, leading one artist to come up with an idea for an average-sized "anti-Barbie" of sorts, Lammily. The idea has been widely praised, but there's just one problem, writes Virginia Postrel for Bloomberg View: Lammily is "just as fake" as Barbie. The doll has extra pounds, sure, but they're muscle, not fat. "If Lammily were true to life ... she’d have rolls of fat, not a firm plastic tummy. Her figure would turn off both beauty-minded girls and health-conscious parents."

A truly "average" person does not spend the hours in the gym that it would take to achieve the doll's physique, and instead wears her extra pounds less attractively. And then there's the fact that "Lammily also has oversized lips and eyes," proving that this doll really is "the most appealing version of 'average'" that could possibly exist. Branding her as "average" may, in fact, do more harm than Barbie ever could: "Celebrating one version of average as 'normal' and 'realistic' implicitly stigmatizes everyone who doesn’t meet that standard," Postrel writes. "Barbie doesn’t pretend to do that; Lammily does." Click for her full column.

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Rondo
Mar 13, 2014 11:41 AM CDT
"Lammily comes with a PETA membership card and of course, is vegan. Lammily supports renewable energy no matter what the cost. Lammily volunteers with the ACLU and does her part by picking up trash along the highways in the form of those crosses she keeps finding. Lammily protested the war during the Bush administration but has voted twice for Barack Obama."
DexterMuggs
Mar 12, 2014 1:35 PM CDT
... some people gotta criticize no matter what ...
Pinkyde
Mar 12, 2014 1:16 PM CDT
I never aspired to be Barbie or any of her cronies. I had a whole city full of them. I do think that women who are insecure with themselves or who want to force every image of a woman to look like them have issues deeper than Barbie can resolve. What is ideal for one is not for another. I was always slimmer than my friends so don't tell me my doll needs rolls of fat. I would rather my daughter play with a fit doll than one that has to be the representation of whatever average is. Now, that Lammily doll doesn't have the rolls that people think it should have (rolls are gross anyway), but at least the guy tried to please the insecure. LOL! Lammily looks strange to me though. I can't put my finger on it, but she's creepy in a way. My daughter prefers Monster High and I will continue to buy them.