A full 92% of American girls own a Barbie doll. What are parents thinking when they buy their little girls these anorexic, long-legged, sort of anatomically correct dolls? What lessons, what patterns, what standards are being trained into the minds of little girls? Turns out that the originator copied Barbie off a German Prostitute Doll used as a gag gift at stag parties. Now the feminists are upset that Barbie objectifies the female body, and created "the standard look" for girls in the 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, and 2000s. Do Christians agree with feminists? Not exactly. We take a look at a biblical perspective of Barbie, body image, and objectification on this edition of the program.
This program includes:
1. Generations with Kevin Swanson
2. The World View in 5 Minutes with Adam McManus (Bolivia Moves Towards Persecuting Evangelicals, Britainâ€™s Lower House Passes Brexit Bill, Congressman Says Churches Arenâ€™t Standing for Religious Freedom)
Milkmaid Gee, if my parents had been pushing a girl like Vermeer's milkmaid I would have become a Catholic and joined the priesthood.
I showed my Proverbs 31 wife a picture of Vermeer's Milkmaid (we were only aware of his Girl with a Pearl Earring) and even she shook her head. The Milkmaid is very homely.
There's nothing wrong with desiring beauty. God is a God of beauty. Beauty is something to aspire to.
Eve was a 10 and Vermeer's milkmaid was a 5. Good character per the Proverbs 31 woman can be found at both ends of the spectrum, and vice versa.
When they are of age, I will teach my sons to FIRST look at a woman's outward appearance and if found wanting to look elsewhere. Once someone attractive is found THEN consider her character and whether she can grow into a Proverbs 31 woman. Of course, birds of a feather DO flock together and with wisdom people sort themselves out. Let's be realistic - teaching children to ignore attraction in a marriage partner will lead to misery. Unless of course they are super spiritual and disdainful of earthly desires.
Chris in Vancouver (1/22/2018)
from Vancouver, BC
Barbies are not anorexic Barbies are not anorexic. This is how a healthy woman looks when she controls her intake and doesn't eat garbage. It's just how Eve looked (just more brown).
Lady Day (1/18/2018)
Great Sermon! I've had Barbie dolls... and the first ones I got, were MARRIED BARBIE AND KEN
with BARBIE in a pretty WEDDING GOWN
I've also had baby dolls as well, and gave them goofy names.
IMO, a reason why kids have such odd names today, could be because girls weren't given BABYDOLLS to name..
(modern baby dolls already have names on them so it makes it harder to give them names)
Kevin Swanson has served as elder and pastor of Reformation Church, OPC since its inception. Kevin was raised on the mission field in Japan in the 1960's and 1970's. Together with his wife Brenda, they are bringing up five children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord....