I tried to leave this comment over at Blogs@Newsrama, but it wouldn't publish, so I'm posting it here. The subject is the controversy over the upcoming Black Canary Barbie collectors doll.
I think some people look for things to complain about, even if they have to create the problem. Black Canary looks like that. It's a nice doll. It's for adult collectors, but I have no problem with teens and pre-teens owning her.
Impossible proportions? Barbies are almost realistic next to Bratz dolls that have been giving Barbie and Mattel a run for their money.
There are far worse things out there, in ads, etc., that promote things that can harm girls re: body image (boys, too) than Barbie. I grew up with Barbie (still have my Midge and Allan from the '60s) and I knew I didn't have to look like her. It was the comparison of breast size in school and camp locker rooms with my peers that was far more harmful.
She's a lovely doll. And I happen to love fishnets. They're very flattering. I just can't wear them anymore because I keep tearing them.