Monday, March 9, 2009

She's Fifty!

Reporting from Shanghai and Los Angeles -- Barbie turns 50 this month, and to shake off a midlife crisis she's getting tattooed and opening the doors to her first megastore in China.
“During the 1950s and before, there was this dominant prevailing idea that women should be homemakers and mothers,” said Miriam Forman-Brunell, author of “Made to Play House: Dolls and the Commercialization of American Girlhood.” “Barbie challenged the postwar ideal about motherhood and sent the message that it was also OK to be a working woman.”

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