Barbie Culture by Mary F. Rogers

By Mary F. Rogers

This e-book makes use of probably the most renowned components of adolescence, the Barbie doll, to provide an explanation for key facets of cultural meaning.

Some readings might see Barbie as reproducing ethnicity and gender in a very coarse and harmful manner - a cultural icon of racism and sexism. Rogers develops a broader, tougher photo. She indicates how the cultural that means of Barbie is extra ambiguous than the slender, appearance-dominated version that's attributed to the doll. For a commence, Barbie's sexual id isn't uncomplicated. 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 devour. Her physique is the precise metaphor of recent occasions: plastic, st

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Whatever else she is, Barbie is a best-years doll. She epitomizes the freedom and fun a single woman can have if she has plenty of spunk and money. " The reader stuck in a feminine­ mystique mentality might suppose that chapter addresses the social responsibilities of single women. In a way it does, but the responsibilities at issue revolve around whom one must entertain in her home and how one can efficiently dispense with such obligations. The chapter includes recipes. Barbie herself has been known to peddle a recipe or two.

Offield, described as an "unemployed art dealer for a video company," is well known for his collection. " He is, instead, "rich in Barbie dolls," which were photographed for the December 1989 cover of The Smithsonian. " While the case was still under investigation, he said he was "totally devastated" by his loss: "They meant everything to me . I could do without eating. " Eventually, the police settled on Scott Sloggett as their chief suspect, but he committed suicide late in October. In late November, Mark Larsen was arraigned for the theft.

Barbie's is a bright, glittery femininity never visibly defiled by a Lady Schick or Kotex. This exceptionally, emphatically feminine icon has some appeal among gay men. That appeal shows up in diverse ways. I have no interest in whether or not this designer or that, this collector or that, this event or that is gay, however. My concern is with the gay-themed character of what one comes across in some comers of Barbie's far-reaching world. In many cultural worlds heterocentrism and heterosexism prevail in no uncertain terms.

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