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Video: FLASHBACK: The Most Sexist Barbie To Ever Hit The Shelves


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JL
- 690 days ago - upworthy.com
Although this sexist Barbie debacle from 1992 inspired one of my favorite Simpsons episodes, "Lisa vs. Malibu Stacy," I was never able to find footage of an actual doll ... until now.



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JL A. (276)
Monday January 28, 2013, 10:23 am
FLASHBACK: The Most Sexist Barbie To Ever Hit The Shelves
Although this sexist Barbie debacle from 1992 inspired one of my favorite Simpsons episodes, "Lisa vs. Malibu Stacy," I was never able to find footage of an actual doll ... until now.
Rollie Williams

Other common phrases for the Teen Talk Barbie Doll:

"Will we ever have enough clothes?"
"I love shopping!"
"Wanna have a pizza party?"

ORIGINAL: By YouTube user heybaddog. Check out this New York Times article for more information.
 

Terry V. (30)
Monday January 28, 2013, 6:50 pm
My sister still has her Barbie from 1963
 

Ellen G. (345)
Monday January 28, 2013, 6:52 pm
"Ah" the good ole days
 

JL A. (276)
Monday January 28, 2013, 6:57 pm
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Giana Peranio-Paz (394)
Tuesday January 29, 2013, 12:20 am
What a horrible shallow and sexist doll! Thank heaven they aren't that popular here in Israel.
 

Robert O. (12)
Tuesday January 29, 2013, 1:04 am
Those were the days.
 

John Gregoire (262)
Tuesday January 29, 2013, 5:57 am
When we dug a pond and turned up the requisite huge glacial erratic (rock), we placed one of these on top as our "mermaid". She's a bit weather beaten but hasn't ages a whit! Her clothes sort of disappeared though. I'm glad that my daughter had real dolls although she preferred a raggedy bird thing.
 

JL A. (276)
Tuesday January 29, 2013, 9:21 am
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Michael Kirkby (86)
Tuesday January 29, 2013, 10:04 am
I could never understand the desire to look like this thing or to aspire to the stereotyped lifestyle. I wonder how many wonderful women with fascinating minds were wasted being stuck at home or in stereotyped positions at work. Some of the best teachers I have ever had were women; so mila grazi senoras y senoritas.
 

JL A. (276)
Tuesday January 29, 2013, 12:12 pm
Thank you for your compassionate tribute Michael.You cannot currently send a star to Michael because you have done so within the last week.
 

Past Member (0)
Tuesday January 29, 2013, 12:26 pm
This is the first time that I see those videos . Thanks J.L
 

BG Callahan (0)
Tuesday January 29, 2013, 12:51 pm
Barbie has always been about reinforcing extreme gender typing. Currently I see the media pushing extreme gender identity in insidious ways. Every hospital waiting room I've been in has only girly girl, gossip, and mens sports mags lying around. Kaiser subscribes to them for the loved ones of the ill. Similar in VA waiting rooms as well.The checkout stands across America no longer provide Time or Readers Digest to peruse. (CVS places the decent stuff in the far back of the store and sites a faux magazine rack near the front so shoppers might think that's all that's available.) It's all extremely gender-specific. That Princess stuff Disney pushes, the Disney radio channel featuring love songs for 5 year old girls, sung by women with childlike voices...YECH!
 

JL A. (276)
Tuesday January 29, 2013, 12:55 pm
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Christeen Anderson (549)
Tuesday January 29, 2013, 1:34 pm
Barbie is not now or ever was a good role model.
 

JL A. (276)
Tuesday January 29, 2013, 4:35 pm
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Joanne Dixon (40)
Tuesday January 29, 2013, 5:07 pm
She still is kind of fun to do this sort of thing with. I made this in sage and cream, for a golden blonde (the hair was probably the biggest challenge). And my doing this keeps her out of the hands of impressionable kids LOL.
 

JL A. (276)
Tuesday January 29, 2013, 5:27 pm
Thanks for sharing your tip Joanne! You cannot currently send a star to Joanne because you have done so within the last week.
 

Margery Coffey (8)
Tuesday January 29, 2013, 6:39 pm
Barbie is sexist. She is not shaped like a woman and provides a lousy image for girls.
 

Craig Zimmerman (86)
Tuesday January 29, 2013, 6:54 pm
Why do feminists have to see sexism in everything? It's just a toy.
 

Eternal Gardener (761)
Tuesday January 29, 2013, 7:02 pm
I've never understood the fascination, they are so revoltingly fake...
 

Julie W. (22)
Tuesday January 29, 2013, 8:40 pm
Craig, so is a gun 'just a toy', but I wouldn't encourage kids to own them! Children unconciously pick up messages from everything around them, including the toys they are given.
 

Lynn Squance (232)
Tuesday January 29, 2013, 10:00 pm
@ Craig Zimmermann --- Yes Craig, you're right, it is JUST a toy. But it is a toy that combined with so many other things, works on young minds to distort reality. This has nothing to do with feminism, but rather images that are manufactured and marketed to young girls, and boys, Some of these images are subliminal, others not. Here is a link to an article I wrote --- a review of the documentary Miss Representation which might open your eyes a little wider.

http://www.care2.com/news/member/775377582/3519067

And if that doesn't do it, look at what Pat Robertson, that venerable (in his mind only) old goat, had to say about women and marriage troubles.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/15/pat-robertson-blames-awful-looking-women-marriage-problems_n_2479459.html

It is important that parents are aware of this influence and help keep kids grounded in reality because it affects relationships, careers, just about everything.
 

Lynn Squance (232)
Tuesday January 29, 2013, 10:05 pm
I never had a Barbie. My friends had them and at times I wanted one, but it never happened. However I did have my ratty teddy bear named Fiji and a "fashion doll that my mother made an outfit for --- she was dressed in 1867 Canadian garb. I still have her in almost mint condition and she is now over 50 years old.
 

JL A. (276)
Tuesday January 29, 2013, 10:35 pm
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Bruno Moreira (61)
Wednesday January 30, 2013, 10:04 am
noted
 

onita Caldwell (32)
Friday February 1, 2013, 9:49 am
Add a few black tears running down her face and she would look just like Tammy Faye Baker! LOL
 

JL A. (276)
Friday February 1, 2013, 11:10 am
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SuSanne P. (186)
Wednesday March 6, 2013, 7:33 pm
Thank you. I am embarrassed to say I have been paying for a storage in my beloved CO. (off and on) for over 30 years. I had many Barbie's, even the original in 63 or 64. My mum wouldn't allow me to play so to speak, so everyone is in it's pathetic mint condition. I wasn't allowed to brush their hair, or loose a shoe, and had to iron their outfits while putting them on little Barbie hangers in the little barbie closet(s). I was thrilled when Tessy came out as I could wind her hair short or long. She wasn't Barbie, so I had some fun braiding her hair. Mum knit the most detailed patterned sweaters, pants and dresses too. Being born Canadian Ken had the maple leaf on one outfit, while all the rest had matching snowflake paterns (as they were well dressed at the ski resort:) I saw them a couple of decades ago and the moths had eaten the clothes. I wish I had the originals now, as the idiots pay a pretty penny for such crap. I cannot believe they have not been banned. What a weird trip down memory lane!
 
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