Time to go back in the box, Barbie
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It became clear that the perfect Barbies were all social media constructs, shaped by stereotypes and narrow norms of femininity. The Kens were accessories to their “long-term, long-distance, low-commitment casual girlfriends”. What I thought was diversity was simply groupthink, something that was reflected in the brand’s boardroom. Truly different dolls, such as pregnant Barbie, Gay Ken and Weird Barbie, were either discontinued or cast out. And signs of weakness, doubt and depression, were indicative of failure and flaws.
Back in real-world workplaces, perhaps there is less pink, less glamour, and horses are so much more than men extenders. It’s not perfect but it is improving and is more inclusive. Give me a workplace any day where it is not about them and us, gender is not binary, and insecurities and cellulite are considered normal.
Time to go back in the box, Barbie.