Feminists have criticized the Barbie doll for promoting an unrealistic body ideal for women and potentially damaging the self-image of young girls. Ruth Handler, the Barbie doll inventor, said she conceived the Barbie doll as a way to help girls imagine their future as adult women and to bolster their self-image.
"I believed it was important to a little girl's self-esteem to play with a doll that has breasts," Handler said.
Considering her stated goal, it seems ironic that Handler modeled her Barbie doll after Lilli, a sex toy for men, which she had seen during a trip to Germany.
Apparently if Barbie was a real human being, she would have to walk on all fours because her proportions are so unbalenced.