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It amuses me how girls feel flattered when someone calls them a Barbie doll. I was “stalking” someone on Facebook and came across her wedding album; her friend had commented “Mashallah, you look beautiful, like a Barbie doll”. She had replied “thank you dear”.

Let’s get into the logic of this comment. A standard Barbie doll is 11.5 inches tall, giving a height of 5 feet 9 inches in human terms. Barbie’s vital statistics as a human would be visibly distorted. She would look deformed and her chest would be “in your face”. Her vital stats would be 36 inches chest, 18 inches waist and 33 inches hips. She would be 5 feet 9 inches tall and weigh 110 lbs. she would have a BMI of 16.24 and would be medically diagnosed an anorexic. She would lack 17% to 22% fat in the body to conceive a baby.

That someone is definitely not “Barbie type beautiful”. She probably doesn’t even know how a human Barbie would look like. She is short, 28-28-28. She doesn’t even know whether Barbie was “created” or “discovered”, but she was a “peroxide” blonde (just like Barbie, so I finally saw some resemblance), but wait , she is now a brunette (there are Caucasian and black Barbies too). I am not friends with her on Facebook, but I know her, call me a snob for not adding her. Beauty means delighting the senses or exciting intellectual or emotional admiration. Barbie has definitely failed to delight my senses. How would a 5”9 anorexic girl with exceptionally large “mammary glands” turn me on? There’s a lot more to the woman’s body apart from “chest piece” (pun intended).

Our standard of “Barbie beauty” is downright crude, insulting and racist. Girls here try to reach the “epitome” of “gora rang and golden (blond) hair”. They try hard to be the next “white chalk powder faced blonde Barbie”. Women are trying to reach a very wrong standard set by the “beauty conscious” of subcontinent. May be beauty is actually a superficial thing and all about achieving the un-achievable. My XYZ friend

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