Selfless Snaps: Sarah Silverman Snarks On Unrealistic Beauty Standards

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Every day we’re barraged with unrealistic images of how women “are supposed to look.” And, as Sarah Silverman points out, some of that negative messaging can come early, even through the dolls we give to girls.

Can you hear the snark and irony in Sarah’s tweet?

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.”

This is my own bias speaking, but I’ve never been a fan of dolls. I remember being a kid and being given dolls that peed (WTF?), even though I kept saying I wanted books, or dinosaur stuff, or a microscope. (Aww, man, did I want that microscope!)

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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