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Daily Rant: I Hate Barbie

Women and Hollywood By Melissa Silverstein | Women and Hollywood April 10, 2012 at 11:10AM

I have to say that I am not surprised but am throughly disappointed that the news has come out that Barbie has created a Hunger Games inspired Katniss Everdeen doll.  It probably is a good business decision due to the tremendous box office, but it still sucks.
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Katniss Barbie

I have to say that I am not surprised but am throughly disappointed that the news has come out that Barbie has created a Hunger Games inspired Katniss Everdeen doll.  It probably is a good business decision due to the tremendous box office, but it still sucks.

I know, I know.  There are many Barbie fans in the world.  I am not one of them.  Yes, Barbie does have many aspirational dolls.  There even is President Barbie.  There is also TV newscaster; vet; Soccer player; doctor.  There is even an Angela Merkel Barbie doll. 

But for every aspirational Barbie there is Ballerina Barbie; Barbie Tea Party Princess Doll; Barbie Royal Dress Up Doll; Beautiful Fairy Barbie Doll;  Princess Bride Doll; Beach Doll.

I hate that we need dolls for aspiration.  I hate that Barbies pervade our culture and that we get overwhelmingly excited when they create a non demeaning Barbie.  I just wish we didn't need these.  I wish that girls didn't get so freaked out with excitement about Barbie.  I wish that girls who hated Barbie were seen for their awesomeness instead of their otherness.  I wish that moms didn't have to fight to deal with the unrealistic body images when girls play with Barbies.

I will give them a couple of points for making Barbie look like Katniss in the actual games.  At least that's a powerful image.  But it still doesn't make it ok.

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