Pop-Culture | Posted by Julie Z on 02/17/2014

Why #Unapologetic Barbie Might Just Help The Body Positive Cause

As a feminist blogger who consistently deconstructs the way things like Barbie and digitally altered images of models objectify women and hold them to unachievable standards of beauty, I completely understand the growing rage over the frame of Barbie’s newest job as an #unapologetic Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition model. What exactly is Barbie refusing to apologize for, one is left wondering? Her anatomically impossible proportions that have, in fact, been proven to make young girls feel badly about their bodies? Or for sending the message that not even digitally altered models (most of whom meet the criteria for anorexia) are suitable for idealized objectification? But critiques that frame this campaign as the peak of such sexist objectification (though certainly valid — it’s hard to think of a more …

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Creative | Posted by Tiffany C on 05/3/2013

Barbie

Let me ask you this:
What do we teach our daughters
When the bestselling doll on the market, Barbie,
Has a made-up face and mascara-ed eyes and lips as pink as grapefruit,
But not enough ambition or intelligence to calculate her net worth?
What do I tell my daughter
when we pass through Toys-R-Us
And she wants that artificial décolletage in a box,
This trickery, chicanery of Mattel
who fashioned this doll, this plastic piece of shit
With a serial number lingering on her lower back like a tramp stamp
Above slim thighs which gap and disproportionate legs,
Legs, I tell her, that would snap beneath
Barbie’s weight if she were real
That would make her fall at the slightest step,
Only for the purpose of mass-production and consumerism
which …

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Pop-Culture | Posted by Julie Z on 05/7/2011

Saturday Vids: Life Size Barbie

I remember hearing the truth about Barbie when I was in Middle School. I have no idea what the context was, but I remember feeling shocked at the fact that if Barbie were real, she'd have a 39-inch bust, an 18-inch waist and 33-inch hips. Of course, it's hard to convert those measurements directly to a mental image, but it's safe to assume that it's pretty unattainable. But "easy enough" to imagine wasn't good enough for college student Galia Slayen. In honor of Eating Disorders Awareness Week, Galia recently decided to create a real, life size Barbie, based on these measurements. Watch her tell her story in this week's Saturday Vid:

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Pop-Culture | Posted by Julie Z on 09/3/2009

I Love My Pole Dancing Doll!

MOMMY, I WANT TO POLE DANCE TOO!

MOMMY I WANNA BE A POLE DANCER TOO!

Oh lawd. There is some debate over whether or not this product is real, according to ParentDish. I really hope it’s not, and yet I can sort of believe that it is, considering that British store Tesco released a similar product in 2006, (although it was about 10 times more offensive) — the Peekaboo Pole Dancing Kit. It included a chrome pole, a ‘sexy dance garter’ and an instructional DVD. It was condemned as “extremely dangerous” and even capable of “destroy(ing) children’s lives.”

Well, maybe a pole dancing kit won’t destroy lives. I don’t actually think every kid who would buy this would become a stripper. Why would we assume that little kids are SO STUPID that a doll …

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