Barbies are Not Entirely Blank Screens

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Jennifer Baumgardner and Amy Richards claim that “Barbie didn’t so much influence us as … she was a blank screen on which to project what what happening in our heads”  (Manifesta, p. 196).  Although I think they overstate the case, I am a selective Barbie booster.  The cheerleader Barbie I could so without.  But “Barbie for President” is ok by me.    

-Bridget Crawford  

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