Forever Barbie: The Unauthorized Biography of a Real Doll
Since Barbie's introduction in 1959, her impact on baby boomers has been revolutionary. Far from being a toy designed by men to enslave women, she was a toy invented by women to teach women what-- for better or worse-- was expected of them. In telling Barbie's fascinating story, cultural critic and investigative journalist M. G. Lord, herself a first-generation Barbie owne...more
This book's writing style is surprisingly cheeky and really well-documents Barbie's physical and occupational changes to the times, right down to the rotation of her torso in 1967 and the examples of pseudosexual accessories that Barbie used vs Ken's (i.e. Barbie's boxy purses with bananas spilling out of i ...more
This was my women's non-fiction choice for October and I thought I would have to slough through it like other non-fiction that I've read this year.
I was pleasantly surprised. I loved this book. It had everything! Sarcastic humor? check. Feminists? check. Making fun of old-fashioned homemakers from the 50s? check. And when it got to the part of My First Barbie and the ugly Western Barbi ...more
First off, its dated. This book goes about as far as the early 1990s. That's almost 20 years ago. A whole lot has changed in that time.
Two, this book needed organization. The writer should have spent more time organizing the book into a timeline, or something. ...more
- Barbie's proportions "were dictated by the mechanics of clothing construction. The doll is one-sixth the size of a person, but the fabrics she wears are scaled for people".
- Barbie was created by a women and-in my opinion-was a more quality product when women were running the line ...more
Her chapters were random and didn't lead on from one another, it seems like she just started writing without any sort of a plan. The pictures, too, were irrelevant most of the time or corresponded to a completely different part of the book.
The beginning of it was written quite objectively, like ...more
I never had any such thoughts while playing with my Barbies. I enjoyed them; wonder what that says about me?
Fascinating book by cultural critic M.G. Lord (and first generation owner of a Barbie doll), tracing Barbie from 1959 to the present. Funny and provocative insights on what Barbie means and why she arouses such passions pro and con. Gave me a lot to think about, and it was most entertaining.