The evilness of the Barbie, despite its size(s)

“Curvy or no, Barbie is still a mean girl,” by Meghan Daum of the Los Angeles Times. Published on February 4, 2016.

Meghan Daum’s article, “Curvy or no, Barbie is still a mean girl (2016),” argues that despite the recent expansion of Barbie dolls on the basis of sizes and skin tones, children will always dislike the famed doll. Daum supports her statement through the citing of a recent study and quotations from fellow writers. The purpose of the humorous article is to report on the negative connotations behind the Barbie doll in order to state that it will always be hated. Finally, from the use of a feminist tone, it is implied that Daum’s audience consists liberal-minded individuals.

In the beginning of the article, Daum uses an understatement (“Never mind the prospect of a woman in the White House.”), to discuss the trendiness of this topic. After the introduction of “curvy” Barbie, Daum begins to talk more about the background behind this new toy. First, she mentions a TIME article, in which the author observed that many of the children had fat-shamed the new doll. Then, through a critical, but humorous voice, Daum describes the political blaming (some claim the doll panders to liberals) and anti-feminist reaction with a quotation from Milo Yiannopoulos. It is humorous to the reader when she explicitly states “Uh, OK” at the end of his quote.

“every step fat-feminism takes toward victory means another wistful glance in my direction from otherwise-straight men.” – Milo Yiannopolos

Overall, humor is the key tone expressed through Daum’s disapproval. She describes the doll as “basic” (yes, the pop-culture term) and a “mean girl.” If you are a Millennial, you must know what she means by “mean girl,” and that is the famed Regina George from the movie of the same name.

Comment to Meghan Daum:

Ms. Daum,

Could your opinion of the Barbie doll additions represent all brands of dolls? Now that I think about it, most dolls that I have ever seen reflect only beauty and perfection.





3 thoughts on “The evilness of the Barbie, despite its size(s)

  1. Hey Harrison,
    I enjoyed your allusion to Regina George. When reading Dent’s post, I was surprised to learn that beheading Barbies is a popular pastime. I must be behind the times. While the new types of Barbies are a step in the right direction to correcting our perceptions of what women should look like, there still more progress to make.


  2. Meghan Daum might be my favorite columnist. She makes powerful social commentary by relating her message to both political and pop culture topics, to draw in her audience. I love her ability to send such a powerful message in an accecie, entertaining way!


  3. Reading this article made me think about all the men and women in countries around us and in our own that are getting extreme plastic surgeries in hopes to transform their bodies to look like a barbie doll. I’m sure you’ve heard of the crazy story about “real life Ken” meeting “real life Barbie.” It’s a little creepy, but true.


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