Barbie Abuse Common Says Study



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You mean I'm not the only one who cut off all her Barbie's hair, pierced her ears with straight pins and eventually (accidentally) decapitated her?

No, I'm not, thank you very much!

Apparently Barbie abuse is common--and normal--among girls between 7 and 11, says an English University of Bath study.


"The types of mutilation are varied and creative, and range from removing the hair to decapitation, burning, breaking and even microwaving," writes Dr. Agnes Nairn. "The girls we spoke to see Barbie torture as a legitimate play activity, and see the torture as a 'cool' activity in contrast to other forms of play with the doll."

Now, I don't think I thought of myself as actually torturing my Barbies. In fact, all I wanted to do was give makeovers. But you know, "Barbie abuse" isn't the worst idea in the world to me--a girl's got to let her aggression out somewhere, right?

Does your daughter "abuse" her Barbies? Did you?


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