W. Va. Considers Banning Barbie on 50th Birthday

Lawmaker seeks to switch emphasis from beauty to brains
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 5, 2009 2:25 AM CST
The 50th anniversary of Barbie is commemorated with a lineup of dolls, starting with the first Barbie in original black and white swim suit, in a display by Mattel.   (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)
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(Newser) – A West Virginia lawmaker wants to boot Barbie and dolls like her from store shelves before the famous babe celebrates her 50th birthday next week, reports Fox News. Banning the dolls would send a message to children and adults that education is more important than physical beauty, said the lawmaker. A colleague hailed the legislator's concerns but doubted his bill would pass.