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Barbie

  1. Mattel Creates An Ava DuVernay Barbie As Part Of Their “Sheroes” Line

    Complete with director's chair. Like a BOSS.

    We all know that Selma director, Ava DuVernay, is badass (and would be an awesome choice to direct the Black Panther movie. Hint, hint, Marvel!). Well, Mattel seems to agree, and has selected DuVernay to have a special Barbie as one of six "Sheroes" in a special line honoring powerful, talented women!

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  2. Warrior Goddesses: Why Female Action Figures Are So Important

    Teela!

    For children of the '80s, action figures for girls were a new phenomenon on the market. Girls of my generation had a taste with the 1970s Lynda Carter Wonder Woman doll, but prior to that, toys marketed specifically to girls were often fashion dolls or baby dolls.

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  3. Parents Are Terrified of Talking Smart Barbie That Remembers What Kids Say

    This is nuts.

    Barbie already has a general sense of controversy around her; you know, because of her shape, her career choices, her existence as a toy. Well, now she has the ability to listen to her playmate. And respond back. And remember everything. Totally not creepy at all.

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  4. Things We Saw Today: A Divergent Barbie (Sigh)

    Although I appreciate that a Barbie of Divergent's Tris allows young fans to play as a strong female character, I'd be way more excited about this if the doll was realistically proportioned. Shailene Woodley got buff for Insurgent! Why shouldn't a Tris doll celebrate her physical strength?

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  5. Diablo Cody to Write “Next Draft” of Sony and Mattel’s Live-Action Barbie Movie

    Movies are hard.

    Barbie: The Live-Action Movie has risen from the depths to menace innocents once again.

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  6. Barbie Launches New Line Of Superhero Dolls Called… Princess Power

    Well, they're trying.

    Okay, the whole princess thing aside, this is pretty cool, right? Her tiara is a MASK.

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  7. More Parents Will Buy Frozen Dolls For Their Kids This Christmas Than Barbies

    Do you want to built a gloatman?

    Every year, the National Retail Federation conducts a "Holiday Top Toys Survey" to find out what kids are most interested in receiving as gift for each Christmas season—and for the first time in the poll's 11 year history, Barbie's not topping the list. Frozen is. Awwww yeah, Barbie, how ya like them icicles!

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  8. The Woman Who Wrote That Barbie Book Says She’s a Feminist, Doesn’t Explain Why Barbie Can’t Code

    Susan Marenco, the writer behind that Barbie book with the not-so-great message about women in STEM, has spoken out in the midst of the controversy surrounding the book - but doesn't explain why she decided to write it the way she did.

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  9. Guess What? Kids Really Like Lammily, the Realistically Proportioned Doll

    Not to kick Barbie when she's down or anything...

    We were already excited about the Lammily doll that was built from the CDC average proportions of a 19-year-old woman by artist Nickolay Lamm, but seeing it in the hands of second graders who are happy to finally have a doll that represents them is just amazing. Now if we could just get some different skin colors...

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  10. One More Barbie Thing: Brand Facebook Apologizes For Terrible Computer Engineer Book

    Apology Barbie

    Well, that was fast!

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  11. Now You Can Write Your Very Own “Feminist Hacker” Barbie Book Using This Helpful Text Generator

    Way better than asking for two dudes to do it for you.

    OK, so you've seen the awful Barbie book, and you've seen the improved versions made by people who just want life to be good, but all this time, you've been wondering, "How can I get in on the action?" Well, now there's a website that lets you make Barbie into just the kind of badass computer hacking feminist you always wanted her to be.

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  12. A Female PhD Student in Computing Re-Wrote That Horrible “Barbie Computer Engineer” Book and Made It Awesome

    OK, now you can be a computer engineer, Barbie.

    Yesterday, we told you about a new Barbie book called I Can Be A Computer Engineer, which—while it sounded so promising—actually taught girls that they need a man's help in order to code games, or even just use a computer without breaking it, really. But fear not—awesome women to the rescue!

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  13. Awful Barbie Book I Can Be a Computer Engineer Sends the Opposite Message to Girls

    It's Tuesday, so here's Barbie sending girls the wrong message.

    You're feeling generous, you excellent parent you! Your daughter tears into her gift, which is a Barbie book that you've assumed based on the title Barbie: I Can Be a Computer Engineer will be an empowering look at how Barbie can become a computer programmer no matter how many offensive shirts people wear. Surprise! You've been had, and your little one has learned that she should have a pillow fight while boys do all that hard computer work for her.

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  14. Breaking Bad’s Aaron Paul Gives Toys “R” Us A Sick Barbie Burn

    Well...

    You may have heard the story of a mother who petitioned for Toys "R" Us to remove Breaking Bad action figures from their shelves. Well, Mr. Pinkman had a few words in response.

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  15. Movies Being Made: Disney’s It’s A Small World, Barbie, & Peeps (Yes, The Easter Candy)

    Oh Hollywood

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. I have to laugh, you see, or I'll cry.

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  16. Things We Saw Today: Tech Support Gandalf, Our New Favorite Meme

    "Tech Support Gandalf" sprung from the bowels of Reddit when a pic of a Gandalf-garbed Sir Ian McKellen on his MacBook turned up in r/pics. Neatorama has a blank version. Now go meme this mother up.

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  17. Prepare Your Barbies for Fearsome Medieval Combat With the “Faire Play” Kickstarter Campaign

    Math is hard! Let's go pillaging!

    3D printer extraordinaire Jim Rodda, whom you might remember from his Open Source tabletop wargame Seej, is raising funds to begin a new project: he wants to create realistic, lavishly detailed 3D models of medieval armor made specifically for the Fashionista Barbie doll. Ken'd better watch himself, that's for sure.

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  18. Things We Saw Today: A Mighty Shiny Firefly Ring

    Things We Saw Today

    You buy this ship, treat her proper, she'll be with you the rest of your life. From Etsy seller Geekonista. (via Fashionably Geek)

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  19. Barbies Of the Near Future Will Be Like Her But For Little Kids

    Children all over will soon be able to have a conversation with their Barbies, and all they'll need is a WiFi connection.

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  20. Clickbait IRL: Barbie “Unapologetic” on Sports Illustrated Cover

    Great Moments in Advertising

    Mattel has decided to rehabilitate Barbie's falling image in the toy market (a 13% drop this holiday season over last) by changing nothing, and dismissing criticism of Barbie by talking about her as if she were a real person and not an image entirely created and controlled by a massive toy empire. Also by putting her on the cover of Sports Illustrated's Swimsuit issue and starting the hashtag #unapologetic. It's so cute, watching a more than half-century old media franchise discover the marketing power of intentionally creating internet outrage while trying to make it look like an accident. I recommend ThinkProgress' take on the whole deal. Previously in Barbie

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