Logical Gal and Barbie’s hidden agenda

10 Mar

Barbie

I don’t know what you think, but when I read about the Girl Scouts of America teaming up with Mattel Inc to produce the Barbie Merit Badge, I nearly gagged.  But not for the reason you might think (such as  – her disproportionate body shape).

The slogan on the badge angered me.  What untold damage will be done to girls who swallow this philosophy? And how will that affect our society?

But I’m jumping ahead of myself.  Any logical Joe or Jane must start first with the presuppositions that underpin the assertions.  Hence, I’ve chosen to raise some questions, and think about what might cause someone to actually believe that girls could BE anything and DO everything.  And in looking at presuppositions, along the way we will clarify our terms, ‘anything’ and ‘everything’.

Right off the bat, “anything” and “everything” both are universals, they mean – No limits. I guess the truth wasn’t catchy enough, to wit:  Some girls can be more than they think they can be and do more activities than they might have thought possible.

Addressing ‘Be anything’, does the creator of this slogan envision something extreme like girls choosing to be boys; that is encouraging them to change their gender? Or is this exhortation limited to career openings and breaking through glass ceilings?   Just what is considered ‘anything’?

As far as ‘doing everything’, are girls meant to absorb the message that being a concert pianist or pro football linebacker are also possible for the girl who simply DESIRES to pursue these goals?

Our society is confused enough without the influence of brainwashed girls understandably balking at ANY limits they encounter later as future adults.

Wouldn’t it be better to help young women realistically assess their limits, study their inclinations and giftings and offer them a picture of what they reasonably might be able to balance?

To paraphrase a philosopher named Dirty Harry,  “A gal has got to know her limitations”

Dirty Harry

Even the Bible teaches that wise leaders count the cost before they go to war or build a fortification.  No-limit thinking ignores the cost.

Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Won’t you first sit down and estimate the cost to see if you have enough money to complete it? Luke 14:28

The world likes to spout uplifting rhetoric like, “Life has no limitations, except the ones you make.” (Les Brown)

That sounds good, but again, is it true?

What I’m arguing for is helping girls be realistic.  There ARE circumstances that prevent one from BEING anything and DOING everything.  I believe we would do more good in encouraging girls to discover what is possible for each one in particular.  Genetics, family circumstances, geography, current economics and political factors all place limits on our lives.  Let’s help these future followers and leaders to deal with reality in healthy ways.

Life is painful enough without the added disappointment from unmet expectations.

Link to Barbie Girl Scout Patch

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