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She’s skinny, white, and blond. She’s Barbie—an icon of femininity to generations of American girls. She’s also multiethnic and straight—or so says Mattel, Barbie’s manufacturer. But, as Barbie’s Queer Accessories demonstrates, many girls do things with Barbie never seen in any commercial. Erica Rand looks at the corporate marketing strategies used to create Barbie’s versatile (She’s a rapper! She’s an astronaut! She’s a bride!) but nonetheless premolded and still predominantly white image. Rand weighs the values Mattel seeks to embody in Barbie—evident, for example, in her improbably thin waist and her heterosexual partner—against the naked, dyked out, transgendered, and trashed versions favored by many juvenile owners and adult collectors of the doll.

Rand begins by focusing on the production and marketing of Barbie, starting in 1959, including Mattel’s numerous tie-ins and spin-offs. These variations, which include the much-promoted multiethnic Barbies and the controversial Earring Magic Ken, helped make the doll one of the most profitable toys on the market. In lively chapters based on extensive interviews, the author discusses adult testimony from both Barbie "survivors" and enthusiasts and explores how memories of the doll fit into women’s lives. Finally, Rand looks at cultural reappropriations of Barbie by artists, collectors, and especially lesbians and gay men, and considers resistance to Barbie as a form of social and political activism.

Illustrated with photographs of various interpretations and alterations of Barbie, this book encompasses both Barbie glorification and abjection as it testifies to the irrefutably compelling qualities of this bestselling toy. Anyone who has played with Barbie—or, more importantly, thought or worried about playing with Barbie—will find this book fascinating.

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In lively chapters based on extensive interviews, the author discusses adult testimony from both Barbie "survivors" and enthusiasts and explores how memories of the doll fit into women's lives. She also looks at cultural reappropriations of Barbie by artists, collectors, and lesbians and gay men, and considers resistance to Barbie as a form of social and political activism.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Includes bibliographical references (p. [197]-208) and index.

About the Author

Erica Rand is Assistant Professor of Art History at Bates College.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780822316206
Editor:
Moon, Michael
Editor:
Barale, Michele A.
Editor:
Moon, Michael
Author:
Sedgwick, Eve Kosofsky
Author:
Barale, Mich&egrave
Author:
Goldberg, Jonathan
Author:
Mich&egrave
Author:
le Aina Barale
Author:
Rand, Erica
Author:
Moon, Michael
Author:
le Aina
Author:
Rand
Author:
Barale, Michele A.
Publisher:
Duke University Press
Location:
Durham :
Subject:
Marketing
Subject:
Sexuality
Subject:
Popular Culture
Subject:
Gay Studies
Subject:
Lesbian Studies
Subject:
Homosexuality
Subject:
Sexual orientation
Subject:
Barbie Dolls
Subject:
Popular culture -- United States -- Miscellanea.
Subject:
Barbie dolls -- Marketing.
Subject:
Popular Culture - General
Subject:
Homosexuality -- United States -- Miscellanea.
Subject:
Sexual orientation -- United States.
Subject:
Gay and Lesbian-General
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Series Q
Series Volume:
IF95-03
Publication Date:
19950431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
20 bandw photographs
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
9.19x6.01x.66 in. .85 lbs.

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