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Episode 195 – Barbie

Come on Barbie, let’s go take a potentially controversial look at 2023’s biggest summer blockbuster!

Come on Barbie, let’s go take a potentially controversial look at 2023’s biggest summer blockbuster! We’re talking about Mattel’s dubious history, what Barbieland is, and how the film does and does not tackle the truth and diversity of girlhood and womanhood.

Some Sources You Might Find Interesting:

Barbie: A Subversive Review by Carefree Wandering

explaining the hyperfemininity aesthetic by Mina Le

Just a Girl by Gayle Wald

Bimbos are good, actually by Morgan Sung

We’ve Reached Peak Girl by Delia Cai

The ‘Girlification’ Of Online Life Has A Dark Side by Merryana Salem

Girlhood Interrupted: The Erasure of Black Girls’ Childhood by Rebecca Epstein, Jamilia J. Blake, and Thalia Gonzalez

The Resurgence of the Monstrous Feminine by Hannah Williams

The Hunger Fed by ‘Barbie’ and Taylor Swift by Michelle Goldberg

Barbie’s legacy is important. It’s also incredibly complicated by Natalia Mehlman Petrzela

Barbie used to be everything wrong with patriarchal beauty ideals, feminist professor says. Now she’s closer to ‘queer camp’ by Carol Hay

Social critique from Archivist Ken by Isaac Fellman

Feeling Cynical About Barbie by Broey Deschanel

The rise and rise of ‘dewy dumpling skin’ by Jessica DeFino

Barbie Has Cellulite (But You Don’t Have To) by Jessica DeFino

The Plastic Feminism of Barbie by Verilybitchie

everything was pink and nothing hurt: on barbie (2023), pinkydoll, and the dialectics of feminist pop culture by Caitlyn Clark

“Ritualizing My Humanity” by J. A. Micheline

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