My French tutor had given me an article about disabled people and telethons in France. The accompanying photo featured a Barbie in a wheelchair. This led to a long discussion about different kinds of Barbies. Why isn't there an Obese Barbie for heaven's sake? Or at least a "Womanly Figure Barbie"? This list "Top 203 Barbies Rejected By Mattel" includes "Beautifully Obese Barbie" and "Anatomically Correct Barbie."
At least there isn't a "Mail Order Bride Barbie." That would be part of the "Stereotypes of Filipina Women" series including "Nurse Barbie," "Bar Girl Barbie," "Housecleaner Barbie," "Missionary Nun Barbie," and "Japanese Farmer's Wife Barbie."
On February 21st, 2006 03:24 pm (UTC), (Anonymous) commented:
Here's some from the American Woman Stereotypes Barbie line...sold exclusively in Switzerland. "Blunt, Naive Barbie": Watch her open her mouth and horrify her colleagues by saying something direct and to the point...watch her colleagues belittle her behind her back as they deride her lack of 'sophistication' in approaching The Old Boys Club. "Fat Colleague Barbie": Watch as FC's thinner, younger, more 'attractive' counterparts automatically have better successes. Watch as helpful managers tell FCB that she will fail because she's not thin and attractive. Watch as FCB's co-workers are recruited out of college cheerleading squads. Also available: "Loud Barbie"...Watch as colleagues cringe and roll their eyes even before LB opens her mouth to speak...watch as senior management makes all sorts of projections onto LB before she says/does anything. (Important Note: Loud Barbie does not actually speak.) (Additional Important Note: FC and L Barbies are both nearly invisible unless viewed through the special "American women are pure evil" eyeglasses (included when sold in Switzerland); otherwise, you might mistake her for "Normal, empowered career woman" Barbie; available only in select countries/industries.)
Ack, I'm making myself sick. ;-)