If you're a girl and you're a boomer, one thing is certain -- you grew up playing with Barbies. Whether you lived in a mansion or in a trailer, you spent hours as a little girl playing with America's favorite foot tall plastic fashion plate.
Regardless of color, I was raised to respect myself, and others. I lived through the era of segregation, but as a child, I never thought my white dolls would play such an integral role in my beginning to understand the complexities of segregation
As long as Barbie remains a prominent cultural icon, the topic of her relative size will continue to rear its head. It got me thinking about another Barbie icon that's not nearly as controversial -- the Barbie Dream House.
It's not Disney's job to teach my child that there is more to life than marrying a prince, despite how aggressively all major media outlets promoted that notion during the Royal Wedding. It's my job to be aware of what she is watching.