The Barbie Issue

How many of you played with and adored your beautiful Barbie doll as a child? Barbie is known world-wide to be the choice of most female children as a play object and as such she serves as an example of beauty standards. The problem is that Barbie is not a realistic beauty standard. Researchers have revealed that Barbie is not only unrealistic, but impossible. If she were a real woman she'd walk on all fours because her head size is impossible for her neck and body to support.
Her head is two inches larger than that of an average American woman's, while her neck is double the length and six inches thinner! Her ridiculously small waist – 16 inches – is smaller than her head and would leave little space for intestines and only half a liver can fit. Other body parts like wrists and ankles are out of proportion as well, but that is rather besides the point when one studies her children's size three feet. In the end, researchers have found that the odds of a single woman who matches Barbie's proportions is 1 in 4.3 billion, so it's probably time for Barbie's maker, Matel, to create something that young girls can actually aspire to.

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