There's always been a lot of talk about how skinny models, barbie dolls, impossibly-beautiful actresses etc gives our daughters false ideas about beauty and leads to negative body-images. I had never questioned this theory (which does sound pretty logical) until recently. I found something online ranting about how the impossible proportions of Barbie Dolls were negatively influencing young women - and then a MAN came back with the equally logical argument that HE grew up playing with GI Joe and assorted Superhero action figures. All these "guy" dolls sported huge muscles and tiny waists....images of male perfection that could never be achieved in real life. So how come men are not suffering body-image issues based upon highly-muscled action figures? Hmmm....? So....what do you think? Are girls suffering because of glitzy ads and skinny Barbie Dolls? Are boys suffering trying to emulate super heroes? Or is this just an unproven theory? Meanwhile, society continues to give women and girls mixed-messages about values.... Personally? I think it's impossible to take a young girl shopping without coming away feeling as though fashion-designers are trying to make even toddlers into "sex symbols". It's disgusting!