Is Barbie a Bad Role Model for Girl Scouts?

by Rosalyn Oshmyansky       5:17 PM PDT, July 21, 2014

Barbie is causing some controversy by becoming a Girl Scout. Last year, Barbie’s maker Mattel partnered with the Girl Scouts of America. Scouts can now earn a Barbie "Be anything, Do Everything" participation patch, the first ever with a corporate sponsor for the organization. A Girl Scout Barbie will also hit shelves in an attempt to boost doll sales for Mattel.

The question of whether Barbie is an inspiration for young girls is creating controversy for the organization. Should girls aspire to be like Barbie?

The Girls Scouts Web site uses Barbie to ask girls, "Do you know what you want to be when you grow up? What's your dream? Maybe you know or maybe you don't. Either way is fine! But one thing is true: You can be anything you want to be!"

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The official Barbie Web site says that in Barbie's 55 years, she has had over 150 careers on her resume. Although that is a lot to achieve, the concerns about Barbie influencing young girls have more to do with her looks and body type than her resume. Girl Scout Law is about "Being honest and fair, courageous and strong, using resources wisely, respecting yourself and others, and making the world a better place." Do you think Barbie fits those traits?