What’s scary is how honest this representation is and how so many girls and women want to copy it.
This is something that’s been discussed quite a lot in the monster high tag, I don’t know if you’re familiar with it or the dolls. (If you’re not and you have curiosity, I suggest you read this post about the experience with the franchise for that person and their niece, a bit tangential to my post, but it might enrich the view).
But as someone that never engaged yet on those dialogues and as someone saddened that my picture can be seen that negatively, I feel I have to speak up. (as extra context, a bit of info about this character, Skelita)
I’m an adult collector and I’m a person that is quite aware of mental illneses and eating disorders. I’m also an active body positivity supporter and sensible about how society’s negative constructs are bombarded upon us. As all that, I see a big problem with focusing the blame and fears on this franchise. We all know a lot of it can be improved for sure, but I feel it is doing an ok work on sending a better and more positive message than other mainstream stuff.
I’m so much more worried about the negative messages that are so rooted that they feel normal for most of the people, those that are really being copied by a large number of persons. I’ve never met anyone, not even online, that wanted to be a skeleton (*), but a tremendous amount that wanted to copy other more palpable and common images.
I’m talking about the digital manipulated images on magazines, thinspiration blogs, all the “hate-yourself-you’re-not-good-enough” messages on the media, the attitude of judging other living peoples without empathy, etc (really, don’t get me started on all that). I believe that the most important thing is education, not just throwing random critic-bullets everywhere, but really speaking, showing and teaching those girls and women (and boys and men) a better view of the body, themselves and the humans they’re surrounded by. Empathy, information, resources. I try to do this on my social circle, and if I am ever a mother, that’s the parenting I believe in. If everyone contributed in our small way to this cause, it might really change something for the better.
(*) I’m not anybody to say that this doll in particular can’t trigger another person, I see it might do (specially for someone with a very severe disorder, and that kind of people might need professional help better than pointing-and-blaming); but I feel this doll nearer to those scary skeletons for halloween that they put everywhere, a literal non-metaphorical skeleton, than to an image humanly attainable and harmful to health.
So I hope this helps you to see from another perspective this particular doll, and to anybody else, if I did wrong with the tags, just give me a heads up, you’re making me doubt if it was needed a tag for trigger warning. And an apology to my followers for wandering off the toys theme with a big text post, but it was kind of important.