I was a Barbie girl growing up, I admit it. I just had the one, but she did everything. She was a doctor, a scientist, a vet (occasionally), and a spy. I was brought up with feminist priciples, even though I didn't know that's what they were.
So, I love the idea of the new Barbie doll, a computer engineer. That's what I am after all, in my other off-line life. According to Mattel, Computer Engineer Barbie will come with a pink laptop and case, pink bluetooth earpiece, a pink flat watch and a smartphone (presumably pink). She's wearing skinny shiny pants, a top decorated with binary code and glasses, great shape but also pink.
Would I wear any of her clothes? The pants, maybe. But nothing else; I hate pink with a pasion. Would I use her tech? No, it's also in pink. Is that the point? No, it's not.
It doesn't matter what I think, or what I would wear as a female computer engineer. What matters is what a little girl, age 5 and up, thinks a computer engineer should wear. Little girls like pink (are forced to like pink I should say as there are no other colour choices).
Would a little girl like this Computer Engineer Barbie? Absolutely. Would I buy my daughter one? Absolutely (when she's old enough). I'd rather she have a computer engineer Barbie than a Bratz.
And I love that Barbie is wearing glasses. What better positive re-inforcement for a little girl who might have to wear glasses than a glamorous pair on a glamorous doll.
Did you have a Barbie doll? And would you have liked this one?
Original story via The Register.