Barbie has been wearing heels for 56 years straight. Her feet have got to hurt. Good news for her: Those tiny feet are finally getting a break thanks to a new design that will allow her to wear ballet flats for the first time ever.
As Adrienne Appell, toy trend specialist for the Toy Industry Association, explained to ABC News, "The regular feet on the Barbie—she could wear flats, but they wouldn’t lie flat. Now, she has an adjustable ankle that allows her to wear flats. Read More
BY BUST Magazine
on May 04, 2015
Dr. Carol Queen answers the questions you wanted to know about sex but were waiting for someone else to bring up. In this edition, she talks about what to do when your partner's drive disappears and how to decide if you're going to go for a threesomes. Got a sex or relationship question you need answered? Submit it at bust.com/sex!
Q: I’ve been with my boyfriend for five years now. Everything’s awesome, except for one thing: he never wants to have sex anymore! We used to have sex at least three or four days a week; now I’m lucky if I can get him in the sack once a month. Read More
BY Madison N Nunes
on Mar 19, 2015
While reading the March/April issue of “Lego Club” little girls everywhere will finally be able to answer one of life’s most pressing questions: What haircut looks best with my face shape? It’s obvious that Lego was simply trying to HELP their five-to-twelve-year-old audience solve a baffling beauty conundrum. Because WHY ELSE would Lego need to create Lego ladies—who, by the way, are not shaped like blocks, but instead like slender teens (who happen to have mad mascara applying skills).
Also file under: Barf. Read More
BY PRINCESS WEEKES
on Mar 10, 2015
Everything is awesome when there are LEGO Supreme Court Justice ladies around! Maia Weinstock has created a set of customized LEGO figurines featuring the four women who have served on the Supreme Court Bench: Sandra Day O’Connor, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sonia Sotomayor, and Elena Kagan.
Also included is a U.S. Supreme Court replica and SCOTUS library area. The aim behind Weinstock’s project is to inspire young women and girls to aspire towards joining or following these women on the bench. Read More
BY Madison N Nunes
on Feb 19, 2015
Barbie is now accessorizing with a cute clutch, small computer, stilettos...and Wifi hardware?
Matel has created a new Barbie that can intelligently respond to its owner’s voice. Think Siri from your iPhone, but packed into a disproportionate doll wielded by small children with formative brains. It works by processing the child's voice and sending it through the internet to create a response. Then, at the end of the day the guardian of the child can (optionally) receive an e-mail with the day's conversational highlights. Read More
BY Madison N Nunes
on Feb 16, 2015
Ever walked down a children’s toy aisle and been confronted with the glamorously overdone faces of dolls for six year olds? Please don’t lose hope for the world just yet: three companies are striving to create dolls that build girls up with representations of natural beauty—and the best news is, they're becoming popular products.
You might remember the guy who created Queens of Africa to make his niece proud of the way she looked. The beautiful dolls usurped Barbie in Africa because they actually resembled the skin tone of the children playing with them. Read More
BY Mariana Garces
on Nov 19, 2014
Maybe you've heard of Lammily before. She's the new girl in town, created by designer Nickolay Lamm, not to compete with Barbie dolls, but to offer a more realistic doll as an option for kids. In fact, Lammily is designed with the proportions of an average 19-year-old woman, and has a greater range of motion than a normal Barbie — all the better for starting her own small business or becoming a pilot or winning an Olympic Gold Medal, whatever your imagination desires (maybe even all of the above). Read More
BY Andrea Stopa
on Feb 11, 2014
This 1981 LEGO ad featuring this adorable red head and a very feminist and very true message about children, creativity, and leaving the whole gender stereotype thing at the door, has recently blown up a lot of news feeds:
LEGO was selling "Universal Building Sets," and saying specifically with this image that being a builder, creator, or inventor, is never gendered.
Unfortunately, the reason this ad has resurfaced with a vengeance is because LEGO doesn't seem to believe that so much anymore. Read More
Don’t you just hate it when all the boys get to swim with the sharks and the girls get left behind standing stiffly on the shore? Let me explain: while LEGO manufactures male figures all dressed and ready to go on riveting and imaginative adventures, the females are often stuck twiddling their non-opposable thumbs.
But thanks to vocal adult and child collectors, that’s beginning to change; after all, the company recently released a badass female scientist. Read More
Barbie’s place in adolescence and constructed femininity has baffled psychologists and feminist alike: on one hand, she’s a patient confidante onto which girls might project their hopes and aspirations. But she also espouses limited and damaging views on female roles, bodies, and sexuality. She sends conflicting messages, passively listening to you for hours while remaining inhumanly cold. As girls, we intuitively pick up that Barbie is “grown up” and “sexy,” but she doesn’t have genitals and therefore cannot be understood as a sexual agent. Read More