Deconstructing the Barbie Myth
posted Apr. 1, 1998
About 20 students attended last months Barbies Wed Like to See conference hosted by Berkeleys Womens Resource Center.
Students were invited to bring their own Barbies reconstructed to fit a more accurate image of women. According to Womens Resource Center staff members, if Barbie were human, her doll proportions would translate into a woman 5 feet 6 inches tall, 110 pounds, with a 39-inch bust, an 18-inch waist and 33- inch hips.
Guest speaker Alicia Brown of San Francisco State University suggested that reconstructed Barbies help people combat the need to fit a Barbie image.Barbie is a myth, you can never be her, said Brown. Subversive Barbies make us question the beauty myth.
Other subversive Barbies present at the conference included GI Jane (GI Joe in a Barbie dress), new age pharmacy Barbie, nuclear lab Barbie, chemist Barbie, astronaut Barbie, doctor Barbie and Wonderbra Barbie.
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