There’s a movement on to ban her, for reasons familiar to feminist philosophers. But there are also some surprising bits of history to be found in this article… Apparently there was a genuinely feminist idea involved in Barbie’s creation, however imperfectly executed: to give girls something other than a baby doll to play with so that they would be able to play at aspirations other than motherhood. The article also mentions the famed “Math class is tough” Barbie (whose voiceboxes were swapped with some GI Joes in one of the most wonderful acts of industrial sabotage I’ve ever heard of). And one version of Skipper, Barbie’s sister, whose breasts apparently grew when you rotated her arm!! I was also unaware that there is now a Barbie for President.
I must say that I still have fond memories of the Gay Ken incident in the 1990s. I remember reading at the time that in an effort to make Ken cooler, they sent some employees off to the Village to find out what the kids were wearing– which is what led to the purple mesh vest and cock ring.
Shave-me Ken was also a bit of a high point for me.
Anyway, I thought it was at least noting the upcoming milestone for this rather important bit of pop culture. (Thanks, Jender-Parents.)