In an age of digital toys, does Barbie still influence our daughters? The research says yes--and the influence isn't pretty.
Here's an excerpt from a Manchester Guardian column they wrote:
The results of our study… are as sobering as they are indicative of the narrow ideal we offer to our daughters. After only five minutes of playing with Barbie, girls in our sample said that boys could do more jobs in the future than they could….
Developmental science has shown that children are constantly learning, from the first hours of life, from every experience and every encounter. Even children at ‘play’ are still actively taking in information and making sense of the world. So what kinds of meaning do they derive from playing with dolls like Barbie?
You can create an alternative future for your daughter and/or stepdaughter with resources like my 10 Tips for Dads of Daughters.
(Thanks to the Campaign for Commercial Free Childhood for the link to this study.)