Spark! Barbie and Other Unrealistic Portrayals

Realistic_Barbie*During our Go Girls! Camp in Santa Cruz last week, we did some pretty creative Barbie Hacktivism.

That’s why we’re loving this smart project by artist Nickolay Lamm who “used CDC measurements of an average 19-year-old woman to create a 3-D model, which he photographed next to a standard Barbie doll. Lamm then photoshopped the 3-D model to make it look like a Barbie doll.”

The images are completely compelling, mostly because as Lamm smartly tells The Huffington Post: “… a realistically proportioned Barbie actually looks pretty good.”

*And speaking of how girls and women are portrayed, bravo to actress and activist Geena Davis who launched a campaign with The U.N. women’s agency for a study about how girls and women are represented in family films. This is the first time this has been studied worldwide.

“Media images have an enormous impact on children’s self-esteem and aspirations,” she said, according to The Hollywood Reporter. “This is why we decided to launch a global gender in media study: If girls see it, they can be it.”

*So, how’s the summer going so far for you and the girls in your life? Here’s a quick reminder from Dr. Laura Markham on the Aha! Parenting blog about the importance of letting your kids experience boredom:

“If we keep them busy with lessons and structured activity, or they “fill” their time with screen entertainment, they never learn to respond to the stirrings of their own hearts, which might lead them to study the bugs on the sidewalk (as Einstein did for hours), build a fort in the back yard, make a monster from clay, write a short story or song, or organize the neighborhood kids into making a movie.”

Love her ideas for a Boredom Buster Jar!

*ONE LAST THING: Have you checked out We Heart It? This site allows users to post images, quotes and other things that make them feel warm and inspired. What words or images would you share with this community?