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April 8, 2019 by

A (Feminist) Defense of Barbie as She Turns 60

Barbie has just turned 60, a long lifespan for a toy. But then Barbie has always been more than a toy—much more.  She was the brainchild of Ruth Handler, a savvy, stubborn Jewish businessman woman (her husband Elliot was the second half of Mattel) who got the idea watching her daughter Barbara play with paper dolls. These dolls were women, and integral to their charm was the fact that they came with numerous outfits and could be endlessly redressed. Handler envisioned a plastic, 3-D version of the doll, which would have represented a significant departure from the baby-and-little-girl dolls of the period. 

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April 12, 2018 by

Barbie Can Do It!

Barbie as Rosie the Riveter

2016 Israel is an equal and feminist country, or at least we like to say that it is. We have come a long way, but there are still gaps between men and women. Women often earn less than their male peers, and may suffer from chauvinism. The cartoon uses a pair of icons on two sides of the coin to depict the pretense of feminism: Rosie the Riveter (“We Can Do It!”) and a Barbie doll, which is the chauvinist model. Many people in society claim that they are Rosie, but are, in fact, Barbie. Which one are you?


“Barbie Can Do It” by Yali Nitzani for the “Cartoon Criticism Care” competition, the Jerusalem Press Club (JPC). Help this competition go global!

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