Barbie Culture by Mary F. Rogers

By Mary F. Rogers

This ebook makes use of probably the most renowned add-ons of adolescence, the Barbie doll, to give an explanation for key features of cultural meaning.

Some readings might see Barbie as reproducing ethnicity and gender in a very coarse and destructive approach - a cultural icon of racism and sexism. Rogers develops a broader, more difficult photograph. She indicates how the cultural which means of Barbie is extra ambiguous than the slim, appearance-dominated version that's attributed to the doll. For a commence, Barbie's sexual id isn't straight forward. equally her category state of affairs is ambiguous. yet all interpretations agree that, together with her huge, immense variety of way of life `accessories', Barbie exists to eat. Her physique is the correct metaphor of recent occasions: plastic, st

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Everything we know about body-image distortion, chronic dieting, and loathing of fat bodies, for instance, points to considerable consistency among females across social classes, age groups, sexual orientations, and racial and ethnic groups to an extent. To be sexy and attractive means, then, to be more like than unlike Barbie. " Whether Bettelheim or the typical Barbie critic is more attuned to the Copyrighted Material Emphatic femininity 25 realities at hand will probably remain uncertain for a long while.

Put more queerly in terms used in Out magazine: RuPaul's larger-than-life, gayer-than-gay presence on runways, VH1, and New York radio and everywhere else . . suggests that the mall of America has embraced him not as a novelty but as a genuine homo star. But it doesn't take a drag queen to have an impact. (1997: 96) MatteI can unintentionally sponsor the same impact, it seems. White-skin Barbie Although Barbie has had friends of color since the 1960s and has herself been marketed in African American, Asian, and Hispanic versions over the past fifteen years, Barbie is stub­ bornly white.

But it doesn't take a drag queen to have an impact. (1997: 96) MatteI can unintentionally sponsor the same impact, it seems. White-skin Barbie Although Barbie has had friends of color since the 1960s and has herself been marketed in African American, Asian, and Hispanic versions over the past fifteen years, Barbie is stub­ bornly white. Although she has made multiple appearances as a brunette since 1959 and occasionally appeared as a redhead, Barbie is also fundamentally blond. Although her eyes change color as readily as her hair, in effect Barbie has the elusive "bluest eye" Toni Morrison fictionalizes.

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