It would appear that my previous post on women and hair loss, that included a reference to ‘Bald women’ being an unacceptable condition even in today’s society, was not as far off the cuff as I had presupposed. It seems that I am on the mark in implicating that the condition of baldness in women is still not openly accepted even today. Also, I am not wrong in suggesting that for the general public there is a resistance to the fact that baldness is as common for women as it is for men, but it remains unacceptable.
[Mattel, the maker of Barbie, will produce a bald fashion doll for children who have lost their hair because of illness or cancer, the company announced today. By Kim Carollo@kimcarollo
Mar 29, 2012 7:22pm]
Early last January Mattel announced it would “produce a bald fashion doll for children’ who lost their own hair as a result of cancer and other illnesses. A facebook movement that had more than 150,000 likes urging Mattel to make bald Barbie dolls’ prompted this response by Mattel. Beckie Sypin, a co-founder of that facebook movement and whose daughter had lost her hair to cancer, told ABCNews.com in January, that “hope…is that a bald Barbie will help children…”. In an article by Kim Carollo, dated March 19, 2012 she quoted Alan Hilowitz, Mattel company spokesman as stating “These dolls, which will be ‘a friend’ of Barbie, will be distributed exclusively to children’s hospitals…” Also “dolls would include “hats, scarves and other fashion accessories to provide girls with a traditional fashion play experience. For those girls who choose, the wigs and head coverings can be interchanged or completely removed.”
Is this acceptance? It is the spark of what could maybe burst into a flame, but after all it is a ‘friend of Barbie,’ it is not Barbie. Wasn’t there another friend of Barbie in a wheel chair. Please, let us proceed.
The doll concept has had some progress some what. The first signs of this progress, as I have observed, is in: ( Click this link to view the video from the news release.)
So what is my problem with this. I don’t have a problem with this. My issue is with how society is handling the condition that is a fact of life. Again, the separation, the isolation with those who are “not like us”. Is ‘Barbie’ so unique that she, (it), can not have a condition of any sort that is deemed as less than the rest of us. Barbie can have fashionable clothes and she can even have a bikini with half of her little behind hanging out. But Barbie is perfect. And get this…This is not a slam on Barbie. Not at all. But for Mattel to have a hang up about putting the doll out on the public shelf for sale as well as give the doll freely to those who suffer the shortfalls of their illnesses is a far more humane consideration than their current approach. Is the doll in the video the Polish version of Barbie’s friend? I don’t know. Is this how we do it? We separate and isolate first? Why is it that a woman on a television show in a pair of drawers more acceptable than a bald head woman, or a bald child being given a bald doll?
Is this approach representative of how we are really dealing with those who have differences from the majority group. Are we fragmented down to the tenth degree before we can be accepted?
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Women and even children lose hair just like men and for many various reasons.