Would you buy a bald Barbie?

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Would you buy a bald Barbie?
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Thu, 01-19-2012 - 9:41am

Have you heard about the Facebook campaign that is pushing for Mattel to make a "bald Barbie"? Parents and psychologists agree that it could be a great role model for girls going through chemotherapy or suffering from other hair loss conditions.

http://todayhealth.today.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/01/11/10122324-bald-and-beautifulbarbie-mattel-responds-to-lobbying-campaign

I only have boys but if I had a girl, I would buy this Barbie in a heartbeat! I think that having a "bald and beautiful" Barbie would make baldness seem less "strange" to other kids, thus reducing the amount of staring and whispers kids with hair loss have to endure.

It doesn't sound like Mattel is too open to the idea, though. "As the lobbying for a bald Barbie gained momentum, Mattel

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Thu, 01-19-2012 - 11:13am

I was just about to agree and then I read this :

http://getwellgabby.org/2012/01/bald-beautiful-and-barbie/

"Fairy tales don’t get sick, that what draws our children toward movies with talking squirrels and Captain Jack Sparrow.I do believe these toys are great in the hospital when you want to demonstrate what a port is, what a shunt is.

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Thu, 01-19-2012 - 11:42am
I've seen the campaign, and I think it would be good as a fundraising effort. I can even imagine Mattel coming out with a line of wigs. I just don't think I would buy one. I've never been a fan of Barbie.
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Thu, 01-19-2012 - 3:53pm

I think that it could be a great fundraiser, and could also lead to the wigs that could be sold with it.

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Thu, 01-19-2012 - 3:56pm

I must agree with you......dolls are for time of imagination and pretending.

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Thu, 01-19-2012 - 3:57pm

Good points.

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Thu, 01-19-2012 - 4:38pm

At first I said no, but after reading message regarding people with cancer and sing their hair, I decided yes I would. I know it must be very sad to lose all your hair and it would help children to accept what one must go thru when they have cancer and I think it would help people not to bully or say bad things to those who have to thru this terrible ordeal. Thanks for helping me to change my decision and be to quick to say no. Hope the toy maker thinks about this and makes the right choice..

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Thu, 01-19-2012 - 10:20pm
I might. It might make seeing Auntie or Grandma or the kid in their class less shocking if they are battling cancer. My dd never played with Barbie either, we never cared for for her either.

Ramona  Mom to 2 great kids and wife to one wonderful hubby since 1990!

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Fri, 01-20-2012 - 6:54am

Thanks for your opinion.....and being open minded enough to change it!