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Barbie Gets A Beautifully Average Body Makeover

Barbie's Secret Life
Barbie and Ken
Photographer imagines if Barbie's boyfriend Ken was actually gay. Read More »
Black Barbie Party Line
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A mom appeals to Mattel to make party supplies featuring a Black Barbie. Read More »

A couple months ago, we saw an artist’s rendition of what Barbie might look like without makeup (and a few nights of no sleep). Now artist Nickolay Lamm has created a mockup version of Barbie based on the average measurements of 19-year-old American woman. As we all know, if Barbie were real she would spend most of her time tipping over due to her completely unrealistic, back-breaking proportions. Average Barbie looks much more sturdy, no? [Yahoo Shine]

LEGO Construction Worker Stickers That Build Sexism!

Little Girls & LEGOs
LEGOs are the perfect gender neutral toy. Why make them "girly"? Read More »
President Barbie
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Meet "I Can Be President" Barbie! Read More »
Wonder Woman LEGO
A Wonder Woman LEGO lady is coming! Read More »
catcalling construction worker LEGO Sticker
  • Last week the blog Talking To Strangers posted about a LEGO sticker showing a construction worker figurines catcalling, “Hey Babe!” LEGO issued a response, where they said, “To communicate the LEGO experience to children we typically use humor and we are sorry that you were unhappy with the way a minifigure was portrayed here.” I’m still scratching my head.  What is funny about the normalizing of street harassment? [Talking To Strangers]
  • A 15-year-old New Jersey teen named Saheela Ibraheem is headed to Harvard next year after being accepted to 13 other prestigious schools including, MIT, Cal Tech, Stanford, Brown and Williams College.  [Clutch Magazine]
  • More in outstanding women, Jennie Lamere, was not only the only female entered in the TVNext Hack Event, but she was also one of three to be titled “best in breed” and win prizes from sponsors.  Her creation, Twivo, would allow you to block tweets about certain shows to avoid spoilers!  She’s a clear reason why we need more girls in tech! [Evolver.fm] Keep reading »

Where Are The Black Barbie Birthday Themes?

Barbie Vs. Reality
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Katie Halchishick depicts Barbie vs. reality in O Magazine. Read More »
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Karen Braithwaite is a mom any Barbie lover would be lucky to have: she is asking Mattel to make birthday party merchandise featuring black Barbie dolls.

Mattel already sells black Barbie dolls (Barbie’s black friend Christie appeared in 1968; these days Barbie herself is black) and certain black Barbie items, such as stickers. But their sets of party goodies — cups, plates, etc. — do not include a complete set with black Barbies. All the full sets portray Barbie as white.   Keep reading »

Pittsburgh Mom Creates Dolls For Children With Down Syndrome

Down Syndrome Child Model
Ryan Down syndrome model photo
Meet Ryan, a 6-year-old model with Down syndrome. Read More »
Mommie Dearest...
The year in motherhood headlines. Read More »
Remixed Toy Ads
Remixed toy ads tell the truth about gendered marketing. Read More »

Connie Feda wanted to create an educational, engaging, and relatable doll for her 13-year-old daughter Hannah, who has Down syndrome. With the goal of capturing “the beauty, vivaciousness and spunk of kids with Down Syndrome,” Connie created Ellie, a doll with Hannah’s almond-shaped eyes and button nose. She soon realized that other kids could benefit from a doll that looked more like them, so she created Dolls For Downs, a new line of dolls for children with Down syndrome. Keep reading »

The Reviews On The New Military Drone Toys For Kids Are In — And They Are Hilarious

Weirdest Books Ever
These books will solve all your problems. Even that poop thing. Read More »
A 55-Gallon Bucket of Lube?
Okay, sure. Go for it. Amazon is selling it, after all. Read More »
Amazon Bans Book
Amazon banned this book about pedophilia. Read More »

I’ve never actually written a review of anything on Amazon before, though I do admit they make good reading (check out How To Avoid Huge Ships or The 2009-2014 Outlook for Wood Toilet Seats in Greater China for laffs). I recently came across a new hi-larious listing, this one for a toy Maisto Fresh Metal Tailwinds Unmanned Aerial Vehicle.

Yes, an aircraft drone for children.

If that strikes you as particularly prescient/weird/disturbing, you are not the only one. Check out a few of the amazing Amazon user reviews after the jump. Keep reading »

André Cassagnes, Creator Of The Etch-A-Sketch, Dies

Pink Stinks For Toys
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Some parents are upset their little girls are given pink toys. Read More »

André Cassagnes, the 86-year-old creator of the popular kid’s toy the Etch-A-Sketch, died in Paris on January 16, it was revealed Thursday. The toy that managed to fascinate and then totally bore kids everywhere, was first introduced at a toy fair in Nuremberg, Germany, in 1959. It fell out of the public consciousness until this past election season, when someone on Republican candidate Mitt Romney’s team was quoted as saying that the campaign was like an Etch-A-Sketch: “I think you hit a reset button for the fall campaign,” said Roney spokesperson Eric Fehrnstrom. “Everything changes. It’s almost like an Etch-A-Sketch. You can kind of shake it up and restart all of over again.”

We’re sad to hear of Cassagnes’ passing. If only death were as easy to shake as an Etch-A-Sketch… [Gifts and Decorative Accessories]

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