Saturday, May 21, 2011
The Good, The Bad and The Barbie: A Doll's History and Her Impact on Us by Tanya Lee Stone
Here are some of my favourite quotes and images from the book:
"My neighbor and I always had Barbie parties together because she had a ton of them, including a princess Barbie. At least, I thought she was a princess, but it's hard to tell because she was always missing her clothes. We usually ended up marrying her and were both her wives. It's kind of funny that as a child, a polygamist, nudist, homosexual lifestyle was obviously the best one, and I doubt anyone could have convinced me otherwise."
"How did I--the daughter of a feminist and working woman, myself a future feminist...play with my Barbie? I took off all her clothes and sent her looking for love. My Barbie got around...and it wasn't just me. To walk into the bedroom of any of my Barbie-owning friends when I was little was to face a sordid truth. 'You want to play Barbie?' she would ask innocently and gesture. Off in the corner--a bucket of large-breasted, pants-less women."
"Our naked Barbie collection did not go completely unnoticed. At four, my son, who was not allowed to have a toy gun, found the treasures. When he was playing with friends, he'd grab a naked Barbie, bend her at the waist, and shoot."
I've just discovered that if you do a google image search on "altered barbie" you can come up with some pretty weird stuff. Crucified Barbie, anyone? Zombie Barbie? "Kiss" (the rock group) Barbie? How do people get these ideas, anyway?
"Take Flight" Barbie by Christine Webb.