"Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please." (Mark Twain)
Tuesday, December 20, 2005
Girls hate Barbie so much that many torture, maim and cut her head off, says research out yesterday.
Many seven to 11-year-olds revile her because she is a "babyish" reminder of their early childhood. Some microwaved or burned them.
Yet boys who had outgrown Action Man still had affection for him.
Many girls thought it "cool" to mutilate Barbie because she was just a "plastic" doll, according to the Bath University study of 100 youngsters.
Dr Agnus Nairn said: "It's as though disavowing Barbie is a rite of passage."
But he added: "Whilst for an adult the delight the child felt in torturing dolls is disturbing, from their point of view they were being imaginative disposing of an excessive commodity in the same way as one might crush cans for recycling."
Jeez, and to think, my Lovely Bride thought it was odd when my friend Rick and I waxed nostalgic about the joys of blowing up G.I. Joe.
(Graphic stolen from these nice folks whilst their backs were turned.)