Re: The Barbie Conspiracy
Barbie was the cause of my bulimia :'[
... I truly think it's just clever marketing. No one wants to wake up to a frumpy middle-aged wrinkle-infested doll. It's natural to prefer one doll over another because you find doll #1 more aesthetically pleasing.
It's also enforcing the appearance of an "ideal" woman; how the perfect woman should be, and in some ways enforcing gender roles. I say it does have a significant impact on a little girls (they will grow up with a slight impaired judgement, be more critical about their body image etc.), just as a supermodel may cause an adolescent to develop anorexia nervosa.