Sometimes, we spend too much time waching Washington for the big losses of freedom, the big intrusions by government, the big abuses of power. Then a little thing sneaks up on us:
Barbie could get an unwelcome present for her 50th birthday: outlawed in West Virginia.
A state lawmaker proposed a bill Tuesday to ban sales of the iconic Mattel doll and others like her.
The Barbie Ban Bill, proposed by Democratic Delegate Jeff Eldridge (D) Lincoln County, says such toys influence girls to place too much importance on physical beauty, at the expense of their intellectual and emotional development.
Good lord. It would be tempting to just dismiss Eldridge as a reactionary yahoo, but the mindset is much too common.