Saturday, December 28, 2013

SHAME on you Mattel! Do We Need a Plus Size Barbie?

We ask…  Do We Need a Plus Size Barbie?                                        
My answer… if this is all you got, the answer Mattel... is Hell NO!

Let me start my rant with this statement…  I am all for a plus-size Barbie, in fact, I would welcome it for any girl of any size, I mean we have plus sized models heralding plus size clothing lines worn by beautiful plus-size women everywhere… clothes that guaranty to make a women feel beautiful and sexy,  professional, refined, classy, with a hint of MEOW! I don't think that image made the mark at all! It seems like Mattel forced the caricatured extreme onto this beauty of a doll. (who represents a larger percentage of  real women, btw)  If you are going to do plus-size model, then by George, make her life like! 

First I should off by explaining what my issue is… it’s that chin. Honestly I think the doll itself is proportioned nicely. I think she looks beautiful!  Maybe the skirt is a tad too short because one bend over or a brisk wind and it would be labeled Indecent Exposure. Yes, the original Barbie also has a shorter skirt but let’s do the math people… the larger Barbie is going to have a much shorter path in finding reach the gold in them their hills… It wasn’t her body proportions that have me peeved… it was that CHIN!  Not all women who are heavy have triple chins, let alone double chins, and I have seen plenty of average women who have a little extra padding because of this little thing we have on this planet pushing everything down to our toes.. maybe you have heard of it... it’s called gravity?

Now let me be clear in saying that “I am NOT saying it is bad to make this size of Barbie at all” but WHOA, doesn’t anyone else see that the measurements of her chin are waaaay off?  I know a lot of women who sport a bit of a chin and I know women have a chin and a half PLUS… 

It’s a friggen’ doll people!!  So why wouldn’t  you glamourize it up a bit more, you know, how you obviously did for the original Barbie…?  That original Barbie which certainly isn't all that life-like in her size -2, which includes her BMI number of 7. So why not go with the same ‘doll enhancements’ for the plus-size doll to emphasis her beauty?

The tone of this doll screams that if you are rather curvy, then you will be sporting pelican-like features that drape from your mouth like you are packing a giant dukie inside of the diaper-ish draping from the bottom of your nose. 

Plus, come on folks ... it's a doll - not real. Look at the example we got with the original Barbie.  Since you went to the extreme of ultra-skinny size negative -2 that you chiseled out for the original Barbie, it does make sense that the more "extreme image of the plus-size doll’s chin went from supposed-to-be-double/but-went-triple-plus” chin would be right along the lines of your past faux pas...  Ask poor Ken. Boys are still crying in their sleep after that CASTRAT-ophy…  Who is running the store over there? Do you need some help? Perhaps you need to hire some consultants that live on Main Street for advice- not at the Beverly Hills Chop, Tan, Sculpt, and Botox shop.

Needless to say…  I am not happy about this feeble( and thoughtless) attempt at a plus-size Barbie doll. Maybe I just  don’t get it!  I don’t get why the beauty image for any size woman be such a difficult thing for these corporate white-breds to get right? Then again, what am I expecting really because in reality, in the plus-size scheme of things... every pun intended of course… neither of these Barbie’s are anatomically correct...

So if I am to understand this correctly, is this what a plus-size woman looks like glamourized… says the idiots at Mattel’s corporate round table, along with their staff, marketing team, and probably a few  lawyers I would imagine… That is what they came up with?!?   WOW! I am surprised you didn’t add a touch of dumpling on the back of her ass just for the reality of it all… which by the way Mattel...  cottage cheese thighs affect every woman no matter what size that they are-- Idiots!

My question is this… CEO's… are you THAT OUT OF TOUCH? Like have you not had a real date in a while… ? Or are you that friggen’ rich you bought  your arm candy from straight off of the Playboy Mansion lot?  If so, you people need serious help.

Go ahead… Ask a woman… ANY WOMAN. She doesn’t even have to be plus size; in fact, for grins and giggles, let’s just go average, make it a size 12/14. NOT size 18 body with a size GINORMOUS chin… and for Pete’s Sake, put a dress on her… a real woman doesn’t need to dress like a Ho-bag needing to get noticed. She will be plenty noticed by the woman she is; and that part of her body has nothing to do with what you created. So do yourselves a favor and take your Barbie back to the drawing board… Do woman all over the world some justice by showing off the beauty that lies within and without each and every one of us… just as we are!

I just got one thing left to say… in the spirit of good fun… Chin Up! 

MR (with a chin or two standing PROUD in behalf of beautiful women everywhere)

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Hold Your Heart Tenderly so You Can Love Those Around You With Tenderness!

Message For a Friend... You are a vessel my friend; you are a receptacle for your feelings. That means that as much anger, disgust, resentment, rage, sadness, sense of betrayal, defeat... etc. you are feeling. YOU are the person that is holding onto these feelings.

I get that you have this stuff happening but unfortunately, the other people in our lives are not capable of understanding what we are feeling.

They may know how history but no one person could possibly fathom the extent of how we feeling, and the filters that it went through, nor the trauma that came in the form of habits and denials that we also experience because of those feelings.

And like unrequited love, no other person could possibly feel anything close to what we are feeling so no matter how MAD you get, how much ANGER boiling through your veins, it is ONLY YOU that has to deal with the fallout of all of that energy.

Others around you will 'experience' their own blueprint of the situation but their experience is no way near anything that yours can be because we are so unique in ALL ways. 

Like in unrequited love, that other person may not know us but not how we feel, nor to what extent, but that doesn’t make what WE are feeling within ourselves in any LESS THAN if the person in front of us was our partner for 2 days, two years, or twenty... we still experience our own deeply profound, unique, experience when its good, bad, on the rocks, or sublime… it’s OUR experience, not theirs.

And because of that, I am concerned for YOU. Because you have been talking about your feelings, which A)… is great because I know you and a little of your experience… and is good because you are moving these feelings but I would like to see you try to release them. Forgiveness isn’t really about someone else. It’s all you baby… "I release the part of me that ANGERS me when I think of you… I release the part of me that RAGES in me when I think of you. Get it?" You can insert any word in between to get the jist. It will never change. The only change will be... change. But it can only come from you.

I want to see you healthy and happy and obviously life circumstances are challenging you at home but all this energy is going to take you out, not make her feel ONE IOTA LESS OR DIFFERENT than how they feel because their experience, the good, bad, ugly, betraying part of them is a completely different experience that they have from yours. Everything from their upbringing, filters, past betrayals and other relationships all make up a part of the person who stands before you… 

If you both wrote a book, what would each of yours say? Two completely different takes because it comes from two entirely different sources, even if we have lived together for twenty years, those partners are having a very different reality than your understanding of it. So whatever you have to do to release all that toxicity from with you has to be done. You have to make the choices to walk away from the toxicity or it will take you out.

FOR YOUR CHILDREN, you need to be in touch and loving the parts of you that are healthy and happy and sometimes, it takes walking away from the craziness (NO MATTER WHAT AND FOR GOD’S SAKE DON’T LOOK BACK!) for YOU. Which really means for your children who love and adore and desperately you to show them EXACTLY HOW TO WALK THE WALK.

Everything you do, they see. They learn, and then grow into their own experiences that will go like this... either they hate you for what you did and choose to be completely the opposite or they learn the dysfunctional manner that your own story was staged upon. Or they choose to see a happy parent, full of love. Not Bitterness. Don’t you see how much they want your happiness? Need it actually!

YOU, KIMOSABE… are the teacher here. It won’t be an easy journey but it will bring you ultimately what you really do want in life, and what you deserve. A new beginning, a closed door, and hope.

Remember to hold your heart gently. It's fragile... but generous with love for those around you.