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02 February 2009 @ 09:45 am
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Hi Teri,


I'm working on a new book about the history of the Barbie doll and its impact on our culture. It's called Barbie: For Better, For Worse (Viking, 2010). I'd like to incorporate short anecdotes (150 words or less) from people across the country, and thought you may know students and other folks (you included) who might like to participate. I've included some topics below as starters, but other ideas or stories that don't fit these headings are fine, too. At this point, I don't know how many anecdotes I will receive, or how many I will be able to include, but I would love to have a good selection from which to choose. Here are the starters:



Not Perfect and Proud of It—do you have a Barbie moment to share in which you gave up on trying to be the perfect stereotype that is Barbie and felt happy with who you are?

In My Image—did you ever give Barbie a makeover to reflect who you are (i.e., changing Barbie’s hair or making her a tomboy who likes to go wilderness camping....)

Bad Barbie—did you ever rebel against the idea that girls should be good and quiet and nice—and make Barbie do things to the contrary.

Barbie as Bargaining Chip—did you ever use your Barbie collection as a way to gain friends and influence people!


Barbie Bashing--have you ever mangled or mutilated your Barbie, chopped off her hair, a limb, hurt her in some way? Why? What was the motivation and how did it make you feel?


It's Not Black and White--African-American, Muslim, Hispanic, and Asian Barbies have been made available. Do you have a story to share about why or why not you did or did not choose a non-white Barbie?


In Her Shoes--Did you ever pretend to be Barbie or do any role-playing with her? Include romantic role-playing.


Thanks, and if there are any other teachers or librarians you'd like to forward this to for their students, please feel free to do so (or send me their email and I'll take care of it). Ditto with any friends or colleagues, as I'm looking for a cross-section of ages and demographics from all over the country.



All best, Tanya


Tanya Lee Stone
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Ash Kraftonash_krafton on February 2nd, 2009 04:34 pm (UTC)
I'm a child of the Barbie culture. I love how her face changed over the years, but I'm most fond of the early eighties.

About ten years ago I Ebayed a few dolls I played with as a child, including Pretty In Pink. When they came in the mail I spent hours gazing at them, remembering those dolls and 'who' they were to me. They were as familiar as friends or family, and I was a kid all over again.
Dariadariaplumb on February 2nd, 2009 05:37 pm (UTC)
Meryn Cadell has an awesome song titled, "Barbie" (from the album Angel Food for Thought, 1992). You can find the lyrics on www.lyricsmania.com. The chorus is,
"Barbie, you've got it all together
How come you always know what to do?
Barbie, you've got it all together
I wanna come and live with you."

(There are also a bunch of other very cool and funny songs on this CD, including "The Pope", "The Sweater" and "Spelling Bee")