Can you hear the snark and irony in Sarah’s tweet?
Sexy dolls are great for little girls!: http://t.co/n79Z8dfrrH— Sarah Silverman (@SarahKSilverman) March 26, 2014
She links to a vid where she’s holding up a doll. “This is a child’s toy,” she says. “OK. And it’s great, because it teaches little girls, like, if your legs aren’t bone-thin where your hips stick out, you’re a piece of s*%t. If your legs aren’t longer than the rest of your body by a lot, you don’t deserve love. It’s, like, good lessons for life in their formative years.”
That’s not to say all dolls are harmful, or if you like dolls you’re part of the evil scheme to continue sexism. But Sarah has a good point about how dolls like this — and other images, too — can lead to lower self-esteem and unrealistic beliefs about women’s bodies.
Real women have many different body types, but the doll Sarah’s holding is not a type I’ve ever seen. And why don’t we see dolls that come in all shapes and sizes, to better reflect reality? Sarah’s delivery can be crude, but she definitely gets you thinking.
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