Saturday, February 14, 2004

An anti-Valentine’s Day story?
Mattel break up Barbie and Ken dolls
Not sure what to make of this. Seems like yet another 'down with love' message from the secular world, whose only use for romance seems to be to sell condoms or (in the case of the relentless, successful marketing campaign of the DeBeers family) diamonds. Or it's just a natural marketing strategy: having these make-believe characters 'see other people' means selling more dolls and related toys, right? (Like Blaine, the boogie-boarding Aussie bloke! Ca-ching, mate.) But at the end of the day I don't think it really matters. Healthy human nature as seen in children will win. The little girls who play with them don't care what the toy companies say (other than getting their orders to nag their parents to buy, buy, buy) and in imaginations and dollhouses everywhere, I dare say Barbie and Ken are together for ever. Aww.

(Just like if well-meaning but wrong pacifist types ban all toy guns. Surprise! One then sees a lot of pencils, forks, sticks, etc. magically turning into effective imaginary M-16s and AK-47s in the hands of little boys!)

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