Posts tagged "barbie"
Pop Culture Pulse: Flashback for Election Season 2016 — gender, toys, and politics.

Pop Culture Pulse: Flashback for Election Season 2016 — gender, toys, and politics.

How we play says who we are … and how we vote. The first Barbie was sold in 1959. Pop culture has always reflected on and responded to gender and politics. And more than that — what we play with and how we play helps determine who we are. So what may seem like a happy little diversion in...
From Our Pages: "Making Friends with Midge," on your best friend and Barbie's. By Susann Cokal.

From Our Pages: “Making Friends with Midge,” on your best friend and Barbie’s. By Susann Cokal.

This weekend spend some time with Midge, Barbie’s best friend. Besides being a literary critic, novelist, teacher, and Broad Street‘s editorial director, Susann Cokal is a lifelong scholar of all things Barbie, with several pieces published on the subject. In this essay, Cokal explores what it means to be a best friend through the medium of...
"Abby Is Tall and Blonde," memoir by Abby Otte.

“Abby Is Tall and Blonde,” memoir by Abby Otte.

By Abby Otte. When people attempt to sum me up for a stranger, it usually goes something like this: “Abby is tall and blonde.” My parents like to say that when I was born I came out all limbs. My arms and legs stretched from my body like taffy. As I aged I used them...