Tattooed Barbie called too risque for young girls

A limited edition Barbie doll's tattoos and fashion sense have been criticized as being a negative influence on young girls. Is a tattooed Barbie doll appropriate?

Teacher Barbie? We like. Tattooed Barbie? Not so much.

Or at least that's the consensus among some parents about a recently released, limited edition of the doll that features tattoos on her shoulder, neck and upper chest; an off-the-shoulder black top and a pink bob of hair.

The doll, designed by L.A.-based fashion label tokidoki, is described as "always ready for cutting-edge fashion!" on

But Prof. Joel Bakan, author of Childhood Under Siege, calls the doll a "cynical exercise."

"This is a calculated attempt to play on young girls' natural desire to appear older," Bakan told The Telegraph. "It also encourages girls to become walking billboards."

The figure, which sells for $50, is currently listed as having sold out its approximately 7,400 copies. It went on sale Oct. 13.

In a statement, Mattel suggested the doll had been intended more "for the adult doll collector."

Do you believe that a tattooed Barbie sends the wrong message to young girls? Why or why not? If you think it is, what tattoo would you expect Barbie to get first?

(This survey is not scientific. Results are based on readers' responses.)