Totally Tattooed Barbie: Barbie Gets a Tramp Stamp!

Usually I talk about politics, but again, the pervailing “slacker” generation has managed to out do is classlessness again.

The new “Totally Stylin’ Barbie” comes with a sheet of tatoo stickers, and a temporary tatoo gun for the girls.

Are tattoos still taboo, and should they be on a Barbie Doll?

Yes; and no.

A tattoo on a woman; or man for that matter; is not something that is instantly appealing or enhancing to their appearance. Of course, with all things human there are exceptions, for example tribal tattoos on persons of that tribe akin to the Polynesian who must wear tattoos to be a warrior; this is not a fashion statement it is a primitive right of passage.

However, in civilization the tattoo was never meant to be an accessory. However, even if it is an accessory, the prevailing business world, and even the military frown upon visible tattoos. Since, business is about conveying the best image possible to clients and co-workers, there must be something off-putting about seeing marked skin, otherwise the rule would have no foundation and would have been eventually wiped out from the last two generations who clearly favor tattoos over their forbearers. In general, the tattooed skin makes the person look less intelligent, trust-worthy, and respectable.

Does that mean that the persons who have tattoos are those things? Of course not, but the perception is the reality for most businesses. No amount of bleeding heart well-wishing is going to change this. Hoping that people just accept you for who you are ignores the fact that humanity has always and will always make certain judgments about others based solely on their appearance. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing. After all we are all told to look out for “suspicious” persons to try to prevent crimes, and kidnapping. That “suspicious” part is based on how that person looks. Like it or not, this technique has saved lives because a person who looks like an axe-murdering kidnapper, is more likely to be an axe-murdering kidnapper.

While the Barbie is just a doll, it still influences little girls world-wide before becoming responsible women. Does it really send the best message to little girls that tattoos are a cute little thing to mark yourself for life with? Is it really all that important? What’s next, single welfare mother Barbie, complete with verbally abusive Ken? Or Hippie-activist Barbie with multiple Kens? I know that is a dramatic leap, but the point is a iconic doll like Barbie should probably reflect the best foot forward for a girl to aspire to. After all that isn’t that why they made Barbie a working girl in the 70s; so she could be a role-model to girls to be career women.

In short, you don’t get a second chance to make a first impression, and no one will know your reasons for tattoos at 30 feet. We are all judged on looks, poise, and confidence before we say a word. Those who doubt that simply need to look at a political campaign and how the pundits talk about how the candidates dress or their age before they mention the content. The HR interviewer of the future isn’t going to take 30 minutes to ask about why you have your kids names on your neck, they will simply mark you off the list of serious candidates.

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