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She's got Barbie fever

October 21st, 2008 (01:36 pm)

Sophie has discovered Barbie in a big way.

I'm not quite sure how this happened. I was planning on her having altogether more worthy role models, women who had done extraordinary things, shown tremendous bravery etc. rather than an imaginary plastic bimbo with an unfeasible figure. But once the genie was out of the bottle there was just no putting it back.

Sophie now demands that we only address her as Fairy Princess Sophie Barbie.
Sure, I had Sindy dolls as a kid, but I used to cut off their hair and dress them in action man clothes, making paper palm trees as backdrops and sewing them little sleeping bags. So I'm a bit bemused because I really don't know where she gets her pink-sparkly-girly streak from. It sure as hell isn't from me and my eldest daughter appears to have remained untouched by this affliction. Sophie seems to have received the dose that was designated for the three of us and, if I'm completely honest, I'm starting now to enjoy living vicariously through her. Personally  I could never get away with wearing head to toe pink, even as a child, or pretending to be a fairy (unless the fairy in question happened to be Mavis Cruet.) But Sophie can get away with it all and then some. She has a pretty little face, long hair and she already knows how to bat her eyelashes. Daddy is firmly wrapped round her little finger as are all the other men in her life, i.e. her brothers and grandad.

I digress.

Daddy decided it would be nice to get Sophie some Barbie DVDs. Now, for those of you who've never seen one let me tell you, you can only filter out those annoyingly catchy songs for so long before they burrow right deep down inside your consciousness until one day you find you're ACTUALLY SINGING THEM! And then your curiosity is kind of piqued and so you want to know what these songs are actually about. And what I found was a mixed bag. Yes, Barbie is a fairy in all these films, or a mermaid, or either IS a princess or ends up as one. But you know what? Along the way she actually demonstrates some brains and some bravery and espouses the value of concepts like generosity, kindness and friendship. Maybe she's not such an entirely terrible role model after all.

Altogether now.... and sing! "I feel connected..... protected.....it's like you're sitting right with me all the tiiiiiime....."