Barbie is on trial. Actually, Barbie dolls have been controversial since their introduction decades ago. Many mothers and feminists dislike their busty appearance and lessons about social conformity they may be teaching young girls. On the other hand, many girls like 'em!
I never had the opportunity to play with dolls. (Cue the sad music...) But, without going into that, I simply have to admit that I have no idea how dolls affect girls. You guys have the experience and expertise on that -- what do you think?
A feminist blogger whom I've never read before just posed this question and she comes out on the side of Barbie. She found playing with her dolls as a child to be beneficial to her. Here's her thought-provoking post.