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c. 1959, American History Museum
Wildly popular with girls, a new doll irked the women’s movement
Author Sloane Crosley writes in our 101 Objects Special Issue:
But 20 years later, is Barbie really such a menace to society? Or is she an institution of plastic Americana, a blank slate on which we’ve superimposed half the population’s challenges? As an American woman (a child of the mid-’80s, I was weaned on Barbie and the Rockers), I have officially decided to cut Barbie a little slack. Terrible makeup and all.
Read more of Crosley's essay.