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Ban Barbie in Indiana?

March 6, 2009
Tired of the economy and stimulus packages? Let’s end the week with Barbie.

Not only is she turning 50, but now a West Virginia legislator wants to ban the doll and others like it because he feels they promote beauty at the expense of intelligence and emotional development.

Barbie is gone from Montpelier, Vt., for similar reasons. Meanwhile, her popularity is such that Mattel is opening a big store in China in her honor and giving her a makeover that includes a tattoo.

Is Barbie good or bad? Does this make Indiana legislators look good in comparison?
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