“I'm going to assume you haven't looked up the Military Barbie in full dress or combats. Or the latest doctor Barbie in her mule heels. Vet Barbie is wearing full pants and what looks like boots and since the 60's Astronaut Barbie has been in a full space suit.
I for one feel best in 4 inch heels a skirt and a push up bra under my blouse. This isn't for male counterparts. If you feel more comfortable going to work in flats, pressed pants and a full support bra then you rock that because in the end it's confidence that shines through.
The point of my original comment has been lost. We are focused on how this toy looks and not the residing message that girls can do anything.
We are telling young girls not to focus on the outside appearance but to really look inside a person and their accomplishments and yet we time and time again dwell on how this doll looks and not what she has done.
As the generations mature socially, so has Barbie. Her latest "career" jump was computer engineering. And it was her 126th career as voted by the fans of Barbie. So it looks like, no matter how she looks, the fans of Barbie have actually gotten the message of Barbie. Girls can do anything, go into any male dominated career.”
jennifermcmillen on Jul 3, 2013 at 14:01:25
“Before I commented, I went to Mattel.com to check out what's selling right now (I was at Target the other day too), so no I didn't specifically look up the costumes you've mentioned. I apologize for not fully recognizing your point and you're right that Barbie's improved in that there have been some available who represent more diverse occupations, races, etc. However, go ahead to the store/ website and you will much more readily find the Barbie I described. The first dolls on each age category are dressed like the hookers I've seen outside my grandmother's house in Dundalk (which is near downtown Baltimore, MD). The VAST majority of dolls available on shelves or for order, even the ones with admirable careers, STILL look like strippers, even wearing wedges instead of heels.”
“How many of these "how Barbie looks" articles are we going to see up here? I mean really!
Personally, I think Barbie is a wonderful feminist icon.
When was the last time you saw a Teacher-Astronaut-Scientist-Doctor-Soldier-President-Rock Star?
People continue to focus on how she looks, touting that as a focal point she is a bad influence for young girls but has anybody stopped to think that our obsession on how Barbie looks is a bad influence on young girls?
If the media focuses on what a female political figure is wearing, we (women's rights advocates) are all the first to cry fowl but the Barbie doll would have been the first woman president and the youngest, the second woman in space and she has served in every faction of her countries military (as well as the Royal Canadian Mounted Police). She has been doctor, veterinarian and scientist.
We continually tell young girls not to focus on the body/physical aspect but to look at the person, the accomplishments and yet continue to look at the appearance of this doll. A DOLL. One whom has shown girls they in fact can do anything but we still focus on how she looks, rather than what she has done”
jennifermcmillen on Jul 3, 2013 at 12:01:15
“I'm being more sarcastic than I would be if I were speaking to you as a stranger in person, so I hope you'll forgive me, but my candid thoughts are, "Thank you, Barbie, for being a doctor, scientist, astronaut, president, vet, etc, ect, and doing it all while wearing as much make up as a prostitute, stripper stilettos and a skirt short enough to make sure all your professional male counterparts know that you are a smart, ambitious woman willing to do whatever it takes to get on top (pun intended)." Show me a scientist, teacher, astronaut, soldier doll wearing something that doesn't look like a role-play/sex-play costume and that is the doll I'm more likely to buy for my daughter. In the meantime, I'll teach her about Amelia Earhart, Jane Goodall, our neighbor who's a scientist, my cousin-in-law who's a published author, and all the other women who live healthy productive lives without looking like an underfed, fake-all-over prostitute.”
“I would like the RCMP to address the fact that 54% of rapes go unreported and that this kind of bull$%*t is a huge factor as to why.
Shame on you RCMP for letting this poor girl, her family and frankly the safety of women in general down so colossally”
“Background checks doesn't mean "no guns". It means no guns to people who might be a potential danger. Like not letting pedophiles live near elementary schools.
As somebody with serious mental health issues, I think this is a great idea. I wouldn't trust somebody with my issues with a gun...heavens knows what would happen if I stopped internalizing my issues and had access to firearms. It would be devastating...as we have recently seen.
Shame to people who are so anti-Democrat that they can't see the forest for the trees. To vote yes on something like this, put forth by a democratic government isn't turning your back on your party, it's turning towards common sense.
The senators who voted no are voting against public safety, plain and simple. I only hope that people will be bright enough to see that”
Hans Schmitt on Apr 24, 2013 at 08:50:41
“Dems have said: "This is only the beginning" What they want is total registration, followed by total confiscation. Ask D. Feinstein. She'll tell ya. They can't be trusted to honor a real compromise!”
“Reality tv exploits the human condition...point. However shows which exploit people at their most vulnerable (teen mom, 16 & pregnant, celebrity rehab, etc) for entertainment are deplorable and for shame to those who watch, thus keeping them on tv.
These issues should be handled with delicacy and grace...not tv cameras and paycheques.
I understand that the people on these shows choose to be there but the allure of being or staying in the limelight us too great a draw, not to mention the opportunity to get paid for this.
Televising a persons struggles and poor choices in life does not keep others clean or create public cautionary tales... It creates ratings out of family struggles. Why would we as a society continue to perpetuate this?”
mkatt on Feb 20, 2013 at 09:05:04
“Part of the appeal of these shows (for those that watch them) is the manufactured drama. It's no secret that producers encourage drama between the participants. I also tend to believe that these shows don't have much hand in actually helping anyone. I won't watch them - who wants to see a bunch of people be mean to each other?”
“Are. You. Kidding. Me?
Lets flip this around for a minute.
It's ok for Tim Tebow to push his Christian agenda every game but not for somebody to simply be openly gay?
This was a nod to somebody who openly worships a religion who admonishes what NPH lives every day and still that wasn't good enough?
Really it's no wonder people speak out against the Right wingers so loudly. We have to!”
“Assistance is there to help people who need it. These children obviously need it.
That is a no brainer.
The fact that this article is in the "celebrity" section while people are arguing the point of welfare is proof positive of what is wrong with our society.”
“I went looking for all of this nonsense and apparently in 1987 Regan abolished the “Fairness Doctrine” and the floodgates for all of this horsecrap opened.
Canada's right wing Prime Minister tried to move Fox News up north and repeal the laws making it illegal to lie on television. He failed. Frankly, every Canadian with an ounce of morality and a brain loathes this man and this is just another reason.
Thankfully he did not succeed. Truth is still a predominant force with Canadian broadcasting.”
uk progressive on Dec 27, 2012 at 17:28:10
“Why am I not suprised that Ronald Reagan would be behind this madness, let's not forget he was fond of deregulation, especially of the economy, wall street and the banks. Was fox news Canada going to be called fox news north or is that another Canadian channel?”
“You are so right about all of that and at the same time you are so wrong.
Sex is one of those things where what is good for the goose is not good for the gander.
The best sex I have ever had was emotionally connected hard %$@*ing. Really getting railed by somebody I loved with every fiber of my being.
It wasn't soft, emotional love making nor was it an incredibly talented one night stand. I know people who are otherwise. Who am I to judge them for having preferences.
I am also very, VERY skilled in bed and I can tell you that I did NOT wake up one morning just knowing that stuff. Practice makes perfect my friend and anybody I'm with from here on out can thank everybody who (literally) came before them.
If sex for you is a deep, emotional connection to be shared with one person and one person only for the rest of your life then great. Give 'er. Don't pass judgement on the people who go out and do otherwise though.
It's not for you to decide how they roll between the sheets”
“In Canada we have the "CRTC". It stands for Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission which essentially tries to ensure as much truth in media broadcasting as possible.
Doesn't the US have the same kind of association monitoring what gets sent out to the masses? (it works for news, ads, a lot of things)
If so, how could Fox News slip under the radar when they are screaming about everything and if not... Why the hell not? It's obviously needed”
lobo1939 on Dec 27, 2012 at 10:30:55
“We call it Huff Pro”
uk progressive on Dec 27, 2012 at 10:14:16
“I've just asked the same thing, here in the UK we have ofcom a media watchdog that monitors all of our media.”
Delija on Dec 27, 2012 at 10:08:54
“FOX went to court in order to defend it's right to LIE on the station. The court said it was ok.”
“For a copycat killer to exist they have to first posses the capacity to kill either with the anti-social lack of empathy or with the total passionate rage it takes.
There has to be a trigger of some sort to set somebody off to do such a horrific act and it's usually something equally horrific or a severe mental illness. This would already be predisposed in a copycat killer.
The widespread usage of the term "copycat killer" is being driven by fear mongering and a total lack of understanding behind what creates a killer in the first place.
While I'm not saying there might not be "copycat killers" eventually, if there are, they most likely would have killed anyway because they already had the predisposition to do as such.”
Hans Meiser on Dec 21, 2012 at 14:53:57
“I'm not disagreeing with your statement about having to have the disposition. I just believe that they get too many incentives to outdo that last maniac on TV.
It's absolutely astonishing how this is rising, and none of the factors that the media likes to trot out (gun control, video games, violent movies) hold up at all when you look at them more closely. But what the media never discusses is their handling, their blaring names and showing faces of those maniacs for weeks. It would be a cheap, quick to implement measure to change the way the media covers these incidents.”
Dec 6, 2012 at 20:14:16
“I joke that my prime goal as a mom to boys is to raise them to "not be that guy" but I have actively started this conversation with them (age appropriate language) as well as many others to help them respect women.
It's my hope that they truly won't be that guy”
“As a past victim of violence this enrages me.
It was not my decision to have those things happen me. It was the mens decision to have them happen to me. Every. Single. Time!
Sometimes I defended myself and others I didn't because an attempt to defend myself would have, in fact, been MORE dangerous.
It's all situational.”
“I think it looks playful and lighthearted enough. I know that when I was a teenager this wouldn't have phased me much.
To the people who would have been mortified, I can guarantee you, you were the uber-popular people with the "mean girl" type friends. My friends would have poked and giggled and then posted look-a-like pictures with me in the role as my mom cause was and still am a dead ringer.
As for the kids...my son has a facebook account and I told him that till he leaves High School, I will always have his password. This is for his safety in regards to cyber bullying. Also so I can nail him to the wall if I find him doing it to some poor kid. My child will NOT be a bully of any kind. Doesn't mean I will poke and prod every day or change things... Just means that I can if I think something's up. I also told him that if he changes it, I'll install several key loggers and have my IT friends install a few more hidden ones. I'll get that password and I'll change the password to his LIFE!
“I'm Canadian and Chic-Fil-A hasn't come to Canada (nor do I think they ever would...we have nationally legalized gay marriage AND abortions) but I've had this discussion with many americans I know.
Every dollar you give to a company that openly donates to anti-gay anything is a dollar you are personally giving to that same cause.
Yes, they can openly say what they want and openly give money to what they want...and so can potential patrons”
ruolivert on Oct 26, 2013 at 19:56:42
“Does that mean that every employee gives their time and energy to the same cause?”
Oct 3, 2013 at 16:04:03
“Before I had kids I was a nanny to a wonderful child, he did call me mom. He his mother mom.
Later after I became a single mom, my youngest son called my BF "daddy".
It's less the time you spend and more the role filled.
If you get the child juice, feed them, change them and love them, you must be a mommy... or daddy.
That actually indicates the higher level the title "mommy" holds in a childs heart.
Feminism has given women the gift of choice. If a woman wants to stay at home, she can, it's no longer expected. However, if a woman wants to go to work, she can do that too and fulfill both roles.
Additionally, if a woman HAS to work due for what ever circumstance, she can without backlash.
Or she should be, but shame blogs such as this make working mothers, such as myself, look like Hansel & Gretel's parents, abandoning children to fend for themselves.
It's my view, that this piece was written by somebody with mommy-guilt for leaving her kids with these "strangers" or somebody who has never put herself in the shoes of somebody who has.”
“54% of rapes go unreported, 50% of college students think that a rape claim is false and only 2-8% of rape claims are actually false.
When a person is robbed we never ask if they were walking with their wallet out or tell them that maybe they should think twice about going to the police but as soon as it's rape we force the victim to prove that they are the victim. It is the only crime where we do this.
Look at the way CNN treated Stubenville, look at the deplorable way this community is treating a grieving family, re-read your comments and wonder why 54% of rapes go unreported.
A victim wonders what fresh hell they will be put through after what they have already gone through and if it will even be worth it.
Those who do speak up have a bravery I commend and I implore you to think twice before you comment against them, and add further to our worlds soul crushing rape culture”
Dec 6, 2012 at 11:15:54
“Standard ultrasounds can usually determine the babies gender around 20 weeks (unless the baby is "shy"). I'm assuming from the article the 3D ultrasound makes this time frame much shorter.
If you give the parents a restricted time frame in which they can get the 3D ultrasound then you also restrict the ability to receive an elective ultrasound.
As far as I know, there aren't many doctors who will perform an elective abortion after 12 weeks even though the law says 24. This is probably why so many happen before 13 weeks”
Dec 6, 2012 at 10:00:04
“Without solid numbers on how many practice gender selection and proper research into the potential practice in Canada, this screams smokescreen.
The most anyone could ask for on an anti-sex selection law (if this is what it really is) is for there to be a law passed prohibiting 3D ultrasounds before 16 weeks since 90% of abortions take place before 13 weeks gestation. Most doctors who perform abortions have a cut off point of 12 weeks.
The timing and lack of proper numbers/research however is telling me that this is just another way around to present an anti-abortion bill
When I was pregnant 12 years ago I was declined finding out the gender from an ultrasound technician for fear of gender selection. I just wanted to know what to buy because it was my first baby.”
Lifeintheslowlane on Dec 6, 2012 at 18:16:26
“Yeah, it is another way to re-open the abortion debate. Sex-selection is grotesque, however and completely antithesis to the value of equality. Your suggestion about prohibiting 3d ultrasounds sounds pretty good to me.”
James Chapman64 on Dec 6, 2012 at 12:10:52
“Very intelligent response! There are obvious ways, i.e restricting the use of ultrasound, that cut through the smoke screen and address the supposed concern without dragging abortion into the debate.”
Jay upnorth on Dec 6, 2012 at 10:46:05
“I agree totally with you, except instead of the new law prohibiting 3D ultrasounds before 16 weeks the law should only prohibit the parent(s) from finding out the sex prior to 16 weeks. Ultrasounds (as I'm sure you know) can be important for monitoring health during pregrancy I believe.”
“After a couple has been living "separate for 90 days with no signs of reconciliation" they are considered officially separated. As a lawyer Marcy would have known that.
While we all have varying ideas as to how one should proceed morally once somebody is separated the fact of the matter is that the ex-wife had ZERO right to post Marcy's cell number on Craigs list soliciting for sex. That will always be morally wrong doing. Marcy, in fact, did not have that coming.
If you, yourself, choose to wait until a person is formally divorced, you may be waiting a long time. I myself have been "separated for over 90 days with no sign of reconciliation" with my ex-husband for over 6 years. For us, the divorce is just an expensive court proceeding and piece of paper neither of us can afford.
I date. He dates. I've lived with people. He's lived with someone. We're ok with that. Nobody has ended up on Craigslist.
What I'm wondering is how the ex-wife got Marcy's phone number to begin with.”
“One Christmas just a few years ago, we went to my uncles place for Christmas dinner and his girlfriend came down the stairs in a hideous red top. It was a material that can only be described as "thick nylon", had a turtle neck and key hole shoulders.
Because the place is small I refrained from saying to my mother "The mid-90's called, they want their fashion back" but I certainly thought it.
I was so glad I only thought it when I opened my gift from my mother when I saw it was the very same top in a dark ivory colour.
I had to pretend I loved the top of course as mom and uncles-girlfriend discussed the store they bought it from.
I was able to regift it to a broke friend who's mother had the same taste so I'm sure it's getting loved dearly.”
“The thought that Romney isn't going to turn back the clock on abortion laws is absurd.
I live in Canada where abortion is completely legal and the government just tried to sneak past a bill opening the floor for a repeal on the law. The people found out and a quick petition went out. I'm hoping it at least stalled the process. This is Canada where gay marriage and universal health care is also open across the board. Where we are supposed to have an entire party, with a figure head, running the country. Not a singular man.
What on earth, do you think is stopping Mitt Romney from putting in place his own agenda?
So many social advancements could be thrown so far backwards if Romney were to be voted in.
Social advancements that have been fought for since our grandmothers took up the battle and social advancements still in their infancy.
“Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.” ...So long as they're straight, white males...and not actually poor”