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Archive for November 25th, 2014

Last year I posted two takes on a “real” Barbie, one of which was a doll that featured realistic proportions. After a successful crowdfunding campaign, the second of those takes is now available for purchase in the form of Lammily. Despite (or maybe in addition to) her horrible name, Lammily has the sorts of problems that real girls face, like cellulite and acne, though clear skin is just the removal of a sticker away. She also has a bunch of trendy clothes and kids like her!

While Lammily is busy serving as a positive (or at least less negative) role model for young kids, Barbie has been busy (in the words of Pamela Ribon) fucking things up again. In this case, a book featuring Barbie’s efforts to become a computer scientist shows her needing help from boys, destroying Skipper’s computer with a virus, having the boys fix Skipper’s computer, and earning Skipper’s thanks for doing so all in the span of 24 hours. If you haven’t yet read Ribon’s post breaking down how terrible this book is, be sure to do so.

Luckily for Barbie, Casey Fiesler is also willing to help and has replaced the text in Barbie’s book to make it infinitely better. For example, in the original book Skipper hits Barbie with a pillow after Barbie destroys all of her files, while in the “remixed” version, this situation has been improved, as you can see below:

Barbie and SkipperGood question, Skipper. Maybe you should start hanging out with Lammily. I hear she’s cool.

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There is a nice post on Ferguson (to the extent that a post about Ferguson can be “nice”) by Doug Hartmann at The Society Pages.

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