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Is A Thigh Gap Appropriate for Children’s Toys?

Yesterday my daughter came home with another ‘Barbie’ style doll. Nothing unusual in this as she seems to be drawn to the whole world of dolls, princesses, my little pony and babies at the moment.

Doll’s since my day have changed quite a bit in shape and dress. Curves have been phased out and nipped in waists and thinner legs seem to be the template now. This isn’t to say that mine weren’t slender too. But I am sure they had more curves.

Recently I have started following more fitness related people on line and so have found terms that I hadn’t known before.

‘A thigh gap is a space between your inner thighs when you stand with your feet together.’ Wikihow

Now anyone that knows me knows that I am ‘plus’ size – a size 14. And to be fair i can’t remember a time when my thighs didn’t rub together. Sorry scrub that I was probably around 13.

The fitness people I follow seem to have mentioned this and I know it’s probably a new fitness phase or body ideal to achieve for. But it’s not for me. I’m not sure that a thigh gap is even possible and if it’s one of the elusive things girls aim for in terms of gaining something beautiful. (If it’s natural than that’s not my issue – its the pushing of an maybe unachievable fad).

Now I am not about to stop my daughter playing with her dolls. She loves them and to take away a new toy she loves is harsh. But this Winx club doll has left me angry and I wonder how much of an impact this has on her sense of beauty, size, body image. It made me think about mine and I’m quite happy not to look like this.

And naming a doll a glamour doll….well that’s another thing to get me started!

Thanks to my friend L for popping me this link too!