The roots of torture…

…run deeper than anyone could have imagined.  According to research published yesterday by the University of Bath, most young girls who get a Barbie doll this Christmas will probably end up torturing them.  An article on Forbes.com includes this Associated Press quote from Bath researcher Agnes Nairn:Barbie.jpg

“The girls we spoke to see Barbie torture as a legitimate play activity, and see the torture as a ‘cool’ activity…. The types of mutilation are varied and creative, and range from removing the hair to decapitation, burning, breaking and even microwaving.”

The researcher added that many toys get the Torquemada treatment, but Barbie above all inspires “actual physical violence.”

(Do you suppose this means the Abu Graibh prisoners have a case against Mattel?)

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