So, Barbie just appeared on the cover of the Sports Illustrated 50th anniversary annual swimsuit issue (wearing the swimsuit she wore when she first appeared in shops in 55 years ago). And this cover caused a huge stir. Apparently it’s giving girls a wrong body image. This might be right but I don’t understand why a picture of a doll is worse than a picture of what is supposed to be a live, breathing woman but is so photo-shopped that no live breathing woman, even the one who posed for the picture, could ever look like that. Because her name adorned the title of my first book and because I (believe it or not) used to be nicknamed Barbie, she was always present in my work. This is why in my last interview for Croatian Cosmopolitan, I was asked a very interesting (and tricky) question: What have I learned from Barbie? I was always very quick to criticize Barbie (for her unnatural body image and dumb activities) but never spent one thought wondering if there ever was anything positive to having grown up with Barbie. This really wasn’t an easy question.Read More
Hehe, look out the new Tattoo Barbie. She caused so much furore that international media is reporting about her. Actually, the furore comes from the parents who are complaining that the Tattoo Barbie could have negative influence on their daughters. Might make daughters want a tattoo and then wear skimpy clothes to show the tattoo off: "It's attracting kids too young to want to expose parts of their body to show off tattoos," said Jenn Alcayaga, a parent from Sacramento, California.I adore the paradox of the situation. Why is having something tattooed on your skin and then eventually wearing something that shows your tattoo worse than having eating disorders in order to keep Babrie-thin, breast implants (and we know how much more dangerous they are then a tattoo) to have a Barbie figure and then wearing a Barbie-bikini? I don’t know, but somehow I like the tattoo Babrie (maybe as a symbol of our society’s paradoxes and a reminder that we should start complaining about the real problems), so here she comes.
I know I might be boring you with Barbie, but bare with me, the doll is hot.Thank you to all nice people who sent the information for my Barbie article - which I am ashamed to admit I am not working on because I am working on some other stuff (much less interesting). And then she will be 50,5 and it will make no sense to write an article about her. So I'll have to wait till she is 60. Which is also OK. But here are some statistics which I found amazing. Just for the case you ever need to discuss why Barbie has such a bad influence on girls and Ken/Superman/GI Joe don't: The chances of a man having Ken's body are one in 50. The chances of a woman having Barbie's body are one in 100,000. So, this what scientists do. Calculate important statistics. Just for the case anybody wondered why I started my PhD....
Barbie was born on 9 March 1959. Ruth Handler created her based on German dolls called Lilli. Up to now, 100 million meters of clothes were used for her wardrobe. If she were alive, Barbie would be a woman standing 2.13m tall with a waistline of 45.7cm and a bustling of 100cm. In fact, she would need to walk on all fours just to support her peculiar proportions (wouldn’t THEY like that?!). She would have deformed joints, problems with breathing and she would be infertile. 90% of girls aged 3-10 have at least one Barbie. I won't bitch about her on her birthday. Because let's be honest - her name in the title of my book surely added to its success. So I should say: Thank you, Barbie. And in all that positive spirit, here my two favourite Barbie jokes:
A man walks into the toy store to get a Barbie doll for his daughter. So he asks the assistant, as you would, "How much is Barbie?" "Well," she says, "we have Barbie Goes to the Gym for $19.95, Barbie Goes to the Ball for $19.95, Barbie Goes Shopping for $19.95, Barbie Goes to the Beach for $19.95, Barbie Goes Nightclubbing for $19.95, and Divorced Barbie for $265.00." "Hey, hang on," the guy asks, "why is Divorced Barbie $265.00 when all the others are only $19.95?" "Yeah, well, it's like this ... Divorced Barbie comes with Ken's house, Ken's car, Ken's boat, Ken's furniture ..."
………. A little girl goes to see Santa Claus at the local shopping mall. When she arrives and sits down on Santa's lap Santa asks "What do you want for Christmas little girl?". "I want a Barbie and a GI Joe" says the little girl. "But Barbie comes with Ken" Santa says, "No, Barbie only 'cums' with GI Joe!"