Posts tagged "barbies"

RIP Society: “Human Barbie” Blondie Bennett Gets Hypnosis To Make Herself More Stupid

"Human Barbies" are a sub-group of humanity who fascinate and horrify in equal measure. Of the many questionable life decisions of the Human Barbies — multiple plastic surgeries to look like the Mattel doll,  perfecting a vacant stare — this one takes the pink-frosted cake. Blondie Bennett, a 38-year-old Human Barbie in California, claims she undergoe…

By: Jessica Wakeman / February 19, 2014

Covering Up Naked, Immodest Barbies Is Apparently A Thing

There are people who are worried that Barbies give little girls unrealistic expectations about their bodies. Then there are people who are worried that when Barbie's clothes come off, she is naked. Justin and Cassity, the bloggers behind the DIY remodeling blog Remodelaholic*, are those people. I came across their "No More Naked Barbies!!! Tutorial" o…

By: Jessica Wakeman / October 17, 2013

I Tried To Play Feminist Barbies With My Nieces And Kinda Failed

I think I'm a decent aunt. Not so good at remembering birthdays, admittedly, but what I lack in presents-giving, I make up for in lots of facetime. We play all kinds of games — usually "doctor," in which I pretend to have some terrible malady wrought by a zoo animal ("Help! A hippopotamus bit my…

By: Jessica Wakeman / July 26, 2013

Photographer Dina Goldstein Imagines Barbie’s Life If Ken Liked Men

Back in the day, Ken was always a hot commodity whenever my friends and I fought over whose Barbie would be the lucky lady that day. Turns out, Ken might not even be into plastic boobs, anyway. In a four-room set she built in an art gallery for a piece called "In The Dollhouse," photographer Dina…

By: Daley Quinn / June 16, 2012

How Badly Do You Want These “Mad Men” Barbies?

"Mad Men" may be almost done for the season, but fret not! Here's a whole mess of "Mad Men"-inspired Barbie dolls to keep you entertained. No, Mattel hasn't suddenly sanctioned LSD and sex out of wedlock. Artist Michael Williams of MyLifeInPlastic.com dressed each and every one of these old Barbie and Ken dolls (plus a Skipper…

By: Jessica Wakeman / June 4, 2012

The Black Baby Doll Project Puts Dollies In Hands Of Little Girls

One of the privileges I had as a little white girl was always having had toys that look like me. In fact, American Girl's brown-haired, brown-eyed Samantha Parkington doll looked almost exactly like me. Like little girls all around the world, I used to hold her, brush her hair, pretend she was my daughter and…

By: Jessica Wakeman / December 8, 2010