Coming soon: the reinventing
November 21, 2008 | Have you ever stopped and wondered
why there is no Bookworm Barbie, Engineer Barbie or
maybe a Grandma Barbie? Maybe you have, but Mattel created
the stereotype of the Barbie where most of us don't
have to think about it.
This year as a sponsor for Women's History Month in
Women and Gender Studies program is doing something
a little differently, reinventing Barbie dolls.
Brenda Cooper, director of WGS and event coordinator,
decided not to have an annual keynote speaker and give
students, faculty and staff an opportunity to redesign
and challenge stereotypes about what Barbie's appearance
in reality should look like.
When it comes to Barbies, most are generic and unrealistic
so students, faculty and staff should have a blank slate
to start with. Other figure toys such as Bratz Dolls,
G.I. Joes, etc. are also welcomed to be redesigned.
The overall goal for the reinventing Barbie bash is
to offer an alternative, feminist statement, and one
that challenges stereotypes.
Brenda Cooper says, "Women and Gender Studies is such
a vital and important part of this campus. The Barbie
celebrates the WGS students by giving them a forum and
voice of what the program means to them and the role
of gender in their lives."
Categories and submission
guidelines are still in the working and until next
semester Cooper and the WGS program are looking for
donations of Barbie, Bratz, G.I. Joes or other figure
dolls. So in the month of March plan to see a realistic
and more defined side to the stereotypical Barbie doll.