Stuff from my Introverted World – Bye Bye Barbie

This week has flown by.  I’m still trying to catch up with all of the great comments you’re left.  Thanks for the suggestions about an Introvert-at-Work blog.

This week’s cartoon was a great hit, too.  I wish we could get someone to manufacture such a device.  I think we’d need a wrist version, too, so that we can keep track of ourselves without having to look in a mirror all the time.  I don’t know about you, but I’m not always that great at keeping track of my own energy levels.

We are having our first Club Introvert Social Event.  It’s still going on, and I know a lot of you are going back and forth on whether you want to attend or not.  If not, maybe we’ll catch you next time.  No pressure.

Tomorrow is myth-busting day, so remember to tune in for that.

I don’t have anything new from my introvert life for this week, so let me climb down from that soapbox and up onto another one.  I would like bid a none too fond farewell to the Barbie doll.  Someone has finally decided to create a doll that is designed from the average measurements of a healthy, active 19 year old American teenager.  Nickolay Lamm has been working with body images and created a doll that doesn’t walk on its toes and resemble air-brushed perfection.  He then found a manufacturer and created a pre-order campaign on March 5th to raise funds for the first round of dolls.  After only eight days he is a whopping 445% funded.  That’s right, he’s taken in more than quadruple the money he hoped to raise.

And if any of you don’t believe that the images we see influence how we feel about ourselves, then take a moment to watch Dove’s Real Beauty Sketches.

OK, I’m done with that rant.  Thanks for letting me share.

I hope you’re having a wonderful weekend.  I’ll talk to you tomorrow when we bust open another introvert myth.

Hi.  I’m Chris.  I’m an introvert.  Look for my ongoing series debunking the introvert myths (Sunday) and introvert cartoons (Wednesday), plus anything else interesting that I find in the meantime.  Come and share with like-minded introverts.  I also contribute to the new food blog Three’s Cooking, learning to cook from the heart, for the soul.

28 thoughts on “Stuff from my Introverted World – Bye Bye Barbie

  1. The second video is really something we should think about! Why does we so often think of ourselves as less beautiful then we are? Fat. Ugly. Too old (for what?). Et cetera…

  2. Reblogged this on Cee's Photography and commented:
    Since I am a person with a horrible body image. This post of Chris’s has really meant a lot to me. Her second video I saw a couple years ago and it still brings me to tears.
    Go check it out!
    Qi (energy) hugs

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  4. Wow. I had to hold back tears watching the second one, it’s so true and real. The first video is wonderful, I wish I’d had something like that when I was a child. Thank you so much for sharing! (I am going to press this post, hope you don’t mind!)

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  7. Chris, you are writing about things that mean so much to all women. As a writer and painter and facilitator of women’s groups, I so appreciate this! Thank you!

  8. There ARE fashion dolls made of average measurements. I had one as a kid and they still and have always existed. I’m a short chubby older woman and never fit any “fashion” type. I have a 28 inch inseam, wide hips, large breasts and, back in the day, a comparatively small waist. It was always hard for me to find clothes. I was also an athlete so I had very strong and powerful legs. I was raised NOT to take my appearance seriously or rely on it for anything. I didn’t even know I was beautiful until 10 years ago. I think my parents were right in this as appearance is superficial and transitory. Not now — or ever — did I think Barbie was “me” — she was a TOY. She was very easy to make clothes for. I thought that was the purpose. She looks like the kinds of “women” fashion designers draw when they design clothes that REAL women wear. I can’t see this as society’s problem. This is a problem maybe each individual must deal with. I’m afraid I’m a big Barbie supporter. I had a lot of fun and developed my artistic and creative skills as a girl thanks to Barbie’s elongated (and rather bizarre) proportions. Maybe parents can teach their kids that Barbie is a TOY?

  9. Reblogged this on Dancing Naked and commented:
    I am reblogging this instead of the Music of the Day. This is so important as women to teach our daughters. As someone who struggles with body image, I appreciate seeing a movement that is promoting healthy bodies over supermodel bodies. All women are beautiful, and we need to support that!

  10. When I was growing up, my mother would often say to me, “You could be so pretty if…” and then go on to list whatever it is she thought I needed to do. I honestly can’t remember a single suggestion. As you can see, the only phrase I can remember is the key words of COULD BE. Not ARE.

    I brought that up with her years later. She thought she’d been complimenting me all that time. I didn’t realize that saying that I had the POTENTIAL to be attractive was supposed to be encouraging.

    One of my sisters was obsessed with trying to convince me to color and “style” my hair. In the 80’s it was a perm (of course!). In the 90’s… Well, I don’t know what that would be, but the point is that she and Mom are peas in a pod. I did consent – once – to a highlighting session. She paid for it, because I’d never pay for something like that, but the result was so subtle, even I couldn’t tell anything had been done. Ah, well. At least she’s off my back now about it.

    One could easily argue that any lack of attraction is all on me, because I don’t do anything to increase my appearance to “traditional” beauty standards. But then, I have no incentive to, so there’s that. But I can’t help but be curious to know how others would describe me, such as for that Dove video.

  11. The second video made me tear up. It’s so true, that we women are our own worst critics. I was trying to find something to post today, I think I will reblog this as my post for today. Thank you Chris!

  12. Reblogged this on and commented:
    We women need to stop being so critical of ourselves. We are all beautiful in our own ways. The second video is the one that really got to me. Have a wonderful day everyone! Give someone a compliment, you might just make their whole month!

  13. I have watched the Dove add a number of times over time and along with the first video it reminds us that our perception of ourselves is often not the view others have of us. We do see ourselves in a bad light and that is I think a human trait one which many of us are guilty of. Maybe we do need to give ourselves a break and be kinder to ourselves. Great post.

  14. ‘Average is beautiful’. Sounds great. This is right, you don’t have to be tall and extra slim to look beautiful. But then even the girls with less than average measurements can look very beautiful. And the second video shows clearly that with the right kind of attitude we can all look lovely.
    I wish Nickolay Lamm success with his creation. I like it that he is out to promote a healthy lifestyle for girls. It’s great that he already found a manufacturer for his doll and that he seems to be successful with raising funding to get his creation onto the market.
    Thanks Chris for sharing this story! 🙂

  15. Thank you so much for posting these inspiring videos. What a different word it might be if we we’re held to unrealistic standards, and instead, focused our energy at loving ourselves and living healthy lives. I especially loved the Dove video. What a creative idea!

  16. I think it’s especially important to remember that there are a lot of people out there who never see their body types used as an image of “beautiful.” People can’t help but internalize what the outside world says and thinks to a certain extent, even if it’s to vehemently reject it.
    Here’s another really touching video about body image I think you might enjoy.

  17. Lovely post – I hope young people get this message! When I was growing up the body types to aspire to were Lana Turner, Jayne Russell, Marilyn Munroe. Then Twiggy entered the picture & the “gamin” look became all the rage & it seems it’s never really left us! No one looks healthy anymore! Ladies look like they’re starving all the time! We need to get back to more realistic ideals of what makes people beautiful!

  18. Hi Chris, I love your site. This blog and especially the second video is so important. I am a female plastic surgeon. It is amazing the requests I get sometimes – women who see flaws where none exist, women who blame their physical attributes for problems in their lives. Sometimes I don’t know what to blame… Is it the media, the people around them or the women themselves?! It is also interesting that when I tell these women that they are beautiful, they don’t believe me. Yet when my male colleagues tell them the same thing, they hang onto every word!

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