A Good Idea Morphs Into “Skinhead Barbie”?

Bald Barbie

A few days ago, I posted an article about L’Osservatore Romano’s expressed support for “Bald Barbie.”  In a weekend column, the Vatican newspaper had encouraged Mattel to consider selling the hairless doll in stores, for the benefit of children who have lost their hair due to chemotherapy or illness. A reader sent me this link from the Orlando-Sentinel: KISSIMMEE – A "skinhead" Barbie doll, … [Read more...]

Vatican Newspaper Makes the Case for “Bald Barbie”

Bald and Beautiful Barbie

L’Osservatore Romano, the official newspaper of the Vatican, is asking toy manufacturer Mattel Inc. to consider marketing a “Bald Barbie doll.”  Barbie—Mattel’s tall, buxom doll that has been a fashion icon since the 1960s—has evolved with the culture.  Her friend Becky uses a wheelchair, but Becky doesn’t feel sorry for herself; no, au contraire, Becky’s happily productive and serves as the school photographer.  Last year, I wrote about Tokidoki Barbie, a modern-day … [Read more...]

Do Toy Guns Beget Violence?

Toy Gun

Christ is risen! Bang! Bang! Do you remember Fr. Michael Pfleger, that feisty and controversial Chicago priest who befriended controversial African-American activists such as Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Rev. Jesse Jackson and Louis Farrakhan?  Father Pfleger has been a lightning rod for controversy:  He encouraged his parishioners at St. Sabina to buy time from prostitutes and to use the time to invite the women to counseling and job training.  He posted billboards in Chicago, urging people not … [Read more...]