A branding expert explains how this iconic but controversial doll has gone from teenage reject to movie star in 64 years.
Women protested to ‘end the sausage party’ at the AACTA awards in 2016.
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There is an adage that feminists and women aren’t funny. However, the history of activism reveals humour as a successful strategy for change.
The author of a new book exploring the making of heroines throughout history asks whether Barbie can ever overcome her reputation as the plastic antithesis of feminist ideals.
Can Black dolls help Black children better understand their racial identity?
Black children are prone to internalize messages of anti-Blackness. Can a Black doll that honors one of America’s most noteworthy Black women do anything to reverse the trend?
Barbie is the best-selling toy of all time.
A new study found playing with ultra-thin dolls could make young girls want a thinner body.
Small signs, big questions and a fabulous wardrobe. How the world’s most famous doll is calling out art’s deeply entrenched male bias.
Many boys are taught they shouldn’t do ‘girl things’ like ballet.
Mattel created a new line of dolls because of research suggesting kids don’t want toys ‘dictated by gender norms’ – but supplanting those norms will take a lot more than that.
Barbie’s designer, Ruth Handler, at a 40th-anniversary party for the famous doll in New York.
2019 marks the 60th anniversary of the world’s most famous doll, Barbie. It’s an opportunity to look back at the journey of its creator, Ruth Handler, a visionary leader and model for women.
Living in a Barbie world: the 50th anniversary celebrations in Sydney.
For six decades, young girls have played with Barbie dolls. But she’s changed a bit recently.
Why are we drawn to tech toys?
An expert argues our connection with these figures is longstanding. They are embedded in our myths and help us explore deeper questions about being human.
With strong female leads such as Rey, Star Wars merchandise has tended to be sold in its own ‘destination’ section of stores rather than gendered toy aisles.
Ken dolls with a ‘man bun’. Female superhero action figures. At long last, the gendered distinctions of the pink and blue toy aisles are starting to break down.
Are toys sharing too much information on the internet?
As Amazon introduces a new smart-home device aimed at children, it’s important to know many internet-connected toys are not secure, putting kids’ security and privacy at risk.
The Luvabella robotic dolls are reportedly one of this season’s most wanted toys. It’s time to pause and ask about its impact on children.
The technological revolution has hit the doll aisle this holiday season in the form of artificial intelligence dolls. What does it mean for children’s development, to confuse real bodies with machines?
In this1999 file photo, Playboy founder Hugh Hefner receives kisses from Playboy playmates during the 52nd Cannes Film Festival in France. Hefner has died at age 91.
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With the recent death of Hugh Hefner, come questions about his impact on sexual culture: Did his empire broaden the sexual landscape or did it usher in a pitiful era of objectification of women?
After years of plastic surgery and progressive skin-bleaching, Lil’ Kim is not black any more.
Why does this body shape matter so much?
This plastic matters: girls as young as three-and-a-half associate thin dolls with being smart and heavy dolls with being sad.
Barbies now come in all shapes, sizes and colours – but the history of the doll shows it’s business as usual for Mattel.
Barbie has a forgotten history of changing in response to market pressures. Are her multiple new bodies ushering in an era of ethical body inclusiveness, or is Mattel just shifting deckchairs on the Titanic?
A lucrative business.
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Despite her age Barbie hasn’t matured – a successful formula that has worked for Mattel.
Who is she talking to?
The new conversational Barbie doll may be good at keeping children entertained, but do we really know who’s listening in?
Makies was the first company to respond to the #ToyLikeMe social media campaign.
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Makies, the #toyslikeme campaign and the broader focus on disability in digital spaces show we are in the midst of a significant shift towards an inclusive world view of disability.