The Girl Scouts have been the subject of criticism after teaming up with Barbie’s maker, Mattel. They’ve just begun rolling out their first ever corporate sponsored participation badge which is Barbie’s “Be anything, Do everything” badge.
Many critics believe that Barbie is not a good fit for the Girl Scouts, and think the partnership is sending out the wrong message.
Susan Linn, a psychologist and director of the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood said:
“Barbie is basically a terrible role model for girls, and she’s not about what the Girl Scouts’ principles are, which have to do with leadership and courage.”
However, the Girl Scouts have defended their partnership:
“Girls and moms alike associate this doll with the outdoors, camping, giving back in your community, and we think that those are really positive messages to all of our girls.”
Would you mind if Barbie was a role model to your daughter?