Posts tagged "barbie"

Flashback Video: Watch Mattel market their original dream girl–and a gun for the boys.

Slim figures (or not), pantsuits, beauty competitions, commerce, and grabbability have been in high focus during the 2016 presidential campaigns.   So maybe, in the spirit of seeing how far we’ve come and how we got here, it’s time to enjoy a video compilation of vintage Barbie and Ken commercials, plus a few more thoughts about little girls in...
Weekend Reading: "Making Friends with Midge"

Weekend Reading: “Making Friends with Midge”

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.

Abby Is Tall and Blonde.

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...