Bald Barbie? The Debate Continues…

Art imitates life. Some toy manufactures attempt the same thing.  Which raises the loaded question: Should Mattel crank out a Bald Barbie to support children dealing with hair loss due to illness or cancer treatment? Read blogger Nicole McLean’s article to get the big picture. It got me thinking. Not just about Breast Cancer Barbie. But also Early Onset Parkinson’s Barbie or Multiple Sclerosis Barbie or Diabetes Barbie or Crohn’s Disease Barbie or Asperger’s Barbie or Klinefelter’s Syndrome Barbie or Addison’s Barbie or Reinke’s Edema Barbie…


About Robyn Michele Levy

I am an artist, writer, radio broadcaster, performer, mother, breast cancer survivor. I also have Parkinson's disease. My memoir, Most of Me, is available at local and on-line bookstores.
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4 Responses to Bald Barbie? The Debate Continues…

  1. Cindy Beatch says:

    Lets have Barbie’s world be a sickness free zone. Kind of like heaven. I think kids get enough of reality, lets leave their play time out of it.

  2. Thank you for sharing my blog post. I’m still torn on the issue of bald Barbie. I think that perhaps I’m just too sensitive to see the big picture. I think the idea is really noble but still kind of scary.

    • Hi Nicole,
      It’s a challenging issue. And it’s OK to feel conflicted or torn. Here’s a poem I wrote years ago that you might find amusing…

      Barbie © Robyn Levy 1998

      If Barbie were a biker
      I’d really like her
      or if she were a squeegee kid
      she’d be my shero
      if her IQ weren’t zero
      and posing wasn’t all that she did!

      But Barbie’s bulimic
      a little anemic
      her hair-do is scenic
      and she wears a V-neck
      so her cleavage will show
      wouldn’t you know
      and her eye-shadow’s smudgeless
      her waistline is fudgeless
      her panties are tugless
      they never creep
      her buttocks are sleek
      but Ken is a geek
      and her future looks bleak…

      Break free Barbie
      hop on your Harley
      digest a hearty meal
      it’s freedom you’re craving
      ditch Ken and stop saving
      your virginity for such a heel!

      Throw your pumps in the dumpster
      let your armpits smell
      rev up that engine
      and go give them hell!

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