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.
Image courtesy of MyMakie
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.
Just because Barbie has impossible proportions, does that mean playing with her will distort young girls’ body image?
Launched in 1959, named after the inventor’s daughter Barbara, and owned by 99% of 3-10 year old girls in the USA, Barbie has been a popular request on young girls’ Christmas wish lists for 55 years. So…
Where toys promote aggressiveness in boys and submissiveness in girls, they are definitely part of the problem.
Australia suffers “endemic” levels of men’s violence against women, so if the child is the father of the man, then it’s time we talked about boys’ toys. And what better time to start the conversation than…
Kids don’t always play with toys according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
On Tuesday Greens Spokesperson for women, Larissa Waters, lent her support to No Gender December – a campaign spearheaded by the group Play Unlimited that aims to highlight the gendered marketing of toys…
The No Gender December campaign suggests that the gender stereotyping of toys restricts children’s creativity and development.
“I didn’t encourage my daughter to play with Barbie dolls and dress up in flouncy fairy costumes, but she just gravitated toward them.” When confronted with the idea that gendered marketing and stereotypes…