Last week we told you about the new, supposedly empowering yoga Barbie that really isn’t empowering at all. And it seems that Lululemon decided to stretch that controversy a few poses further with their own spoof of a Barbie. But instead of being funny, their Lulu Barbie only further perpetuates this awful negative-body mess of a doll–and got a lot of yogis pissed off in the process. More
A Yoga Teacher Barbie has popped up in Target’s “I Can Be…” line of the blonde Mattel mascot, and much as we love yoga AND empowering young girls through physical activity and sports, we’re not crazy about this active role model. On the one hand, doing yoga sets a great example for young girls (especially compared to the alternative “I Can Be… Bride” set we spotted on Target’s website). On the other hand, Barbie has a lot adjustments to make before she can be a body positive, empowering role model for young girls. More
Barbie, who turned 53 this month, has often been criticized for being a poor role model for girls. In her pink and sparkly world, “math is hard,” and all that matters is looking cute. In recent years, though, Barbie’s maker, Mattel, has been trying to turn it around by offering more career choices and empowering scenarios for the iconic doll–except they’ve never gone as far as to change her anatomy to something more realistic. But this week the toy giant confirmed a long-time rumor that they’ll finally answer consumer’s pleas: they’re working up a bald Barbie doll, who they’ll distribute to children’s hospitals. Could a realistic, body-positive Barbie be next? More
O Magazine just hit stores with its first ever nude photo shoot enclosed, depicting Katie Halchishick, a plus-sized model and founder of the site “Healthy Is The New Skinny,” naked and covered in dotted lines that suggest what a surgeon might have to “cut away” to give her the same proportions as the doll she’s holding. The photo is a striking depiction of the warped beauty standards that women hold ourselves up against; if a gorgeous model is this far from what our cultural icons dictate as ideal, what hope do the rest of us have? More
By the mid 1980s, 42.5% of the nation’s workforce was made up of women, and Barbie was part of the ranks. We just wonder how she was able to talk on the phone without bendable elbows.
Planet 100 counts down their top five biggest “Eco-contradictions.” The ideas they find are oxymoronic – and just plain moronic!