The Good Bad, and the Barbie: A Doll's History and Her Impact on Us, Tanya Lee Stone
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The Good Bad, and the Barbie: A Doll's History and Her Impact on Us

Author: Tanya Lee Stone

Narrator: Stina Nielsen

Unabridged: 3 hr 3 min

Format: Digital Audiobook

Publisher: Recorded Books

Published: 01/25/2012

Genre: Biography & Autobiography - Entertainment & Performing Arts

Synopsis

In the prologue, Meg Cabot describes her desire for a Barbie and her mother's reluctance to purchase one, basically summing up the conflict surrounding the doll since its introduction in 1959. Readers learn about Mattel Toys and the background behind Barbie's concept and development, how it was a solution for girls who wanted to imagine adult roles rather than just play mother, and details about inventor Ruth Handler. But more than that, Stone reveals the pathos behind so many relationships of girls with Barbie: those who cherished her and those who were negatively influenced. Was she a destructive role model or just a toy? Experts disagree. In this balanced overview, both sides of the quandary are addressed. Barbie's different roles, graduating from nurse to surgeon, stewardess to pilot, and always a woman of her own means, reflect societal changes over the past 50 years as well.

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