A few weekends back, my sister was retelling a version of a story that I’ve heard many times; she had overheard a woman standing in a Target strictly forbidding her daughter from looking at, or even dare considering the purchase of, a Barbie doll.
I, being prone to sudden rage upon hearing any example of pure stupidity, shook my head. How stupid! As if this simple public act and declaration would bring forth from this girl child a perfect vision of feminism. A woman so strong she can attribute her becoming the first female U.S. President to her mother’s resistance to toy purchases. At a Target, no less! A huge box store, otherwise known as an evil corporation because ALL corporations are evil and cause harm to many someones as well as the environment, regardless of how cute that toxic, sparkly shit from China is!
Have you ever, ever, heard a man say, “Superman and Spidey totally emasculated me as a child. My self-esteem was shot to bits because I could never be a superhero. Every time I look at my naked body in the shower, all I think is, ‘I’m a failure, limp, mortal… nothing.’ And it was action figures and comics that fucked it all up for me… FOREVER.”
No, you don’t. Because men just don’t think that way. But some of the ladies on the other hand…
Feminists, like children and atheists, are often full of shit and manipulative. About a year ago, Ashley Judd, a well-spoken feminista (who, not surprisingly, is entering politics) was being hounded for suddenly having a “puffy face.” She responded proudly and went on to blast the media and society for being hypersexual and misogynistic. I loved reading her strong words, her denouncing the importance of looks. I wished that I had been able to personally ask her if she felt so much when she was on People Magazine’s list of The Most Beautiful People in the World in 1996, 2000, and 2002? Or, is society only hypersexual and misogynistic now that her face went bad? That woman is a liar, but she was stupidly applauded for speaking out so “bravely.”
I know for a fact that the woman behind the hatred of Barbie’s supposed misogynistic message is an incomplete, very self-absorbed female, one who is actually OBSESSED with appearances, like the puffy Ms. Judd; so twisted in her self-deceit, her narcissism, her failure to be somebody (or just get a great job with all those diplomas), that she blames a doll (a doll!) for this. You’d never see a happy, self-satisfied, sexually proud, and fulfilled woman embarrass herself by blaming a doll, or the supposed mystical message Barbie whispered in her ear 20 years ago, for anything. Ever.
And that is the funny part about it: by forbidding the play of Barbies to a daughter, thinking the child will become more self-assured—all the while shopping at Target and receiving a million other screwy messages—the mother in turn forces her daughter to begin to obsess on her own narcissism, her own appearance.
Much like people who blame dolls for their poor self-esteem, atheists, who spend a great amount of time OBSESSING over God and Baby J and how religion has ruined the world, are liars too. By proclaiming they don’t believe in any God, they are revealing just how terrified they are of the unknown, much like any Jesus freak. Atheists and Jesus freaks alike, have to label it—to control it—to control their self-absorbed fear of the unknown.
The saddest thing about atheists is that they never look outside of their own micro-culture to see, or admit, that the only people who show up in a crisis, like Sandy or Katrina or Haiti, are church groups, small groups of kind people who want to help perfect strangers. Are there any atheist groups that appear in a crisis? No.
I never think about God or Barbie, and if either is bad or good. There are so many other, very important things to think about and worry over. I certainly don’t ridiculously tell my children if there is a God or not (how would I ever know that answer?) or tell them if they play with Barbie dolls that they will blossom to have skewed body images. But, I do warn them to be wary of people who play victim, who blame beliefs, ideas and images for things that are in their control.
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