Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Adding Diversity to Barbie Dolls

That old standby Barbie, much maligned by some feminists, recently underwent additional alternatives to its varieties, including Normal-Sizes Barbie and others with diverse skin tones and others.

But Barbie comes with different occupations and lifestyles, too. Why not Barbies going on the wild side of life? Artist Sarah Haney arranged several photographs of Barbie going on the dark side. Some of those are NSFW-ish, so be forewarned!

The pastel world of Barbie has not been immune from local satirization, also. Several years ago Big Sky Heidi shared some of these alternatives according to the northwest Alabama region called The Shoals. Definitely a non-PC commentary on local lifestyle stereotypes! 

Some Barbies have generated controversy. Most strongly, Tattoo Barbie!

On the other hand, Barbie made the 50th Anniversary of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. Not too shabby!

So what? Barbie has become something of a litmus test for what is acceptable or not in terms of behaviors. Her swimsuit for the 'cover' was quite modest, by Swimsuit Issue standards. And disappointing for beach gawkers.


John Hill said...

Haven't heard from Heidi in some time!

Barbie has diversified!
Some of those older dolls are quite the collector's items.

Dixie@dcrelief said...

I want a tattooed Barbie with "Tweety Bird"! That is too cool!

Elvis Wearing a Bra on His Head said...

How about Streetwalker Barbie or Gamer Girl Barbie?

TexWisGirl said...

even normal size barbie is too thin for norm.

Cloudia said...

Thanks for the survey!

Mike said...

A black Oreo Barbie? Somebody had their head butt on that one.

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