with an s.o that wants my bjds sold here. If anyone still remembers me
that is. I’m a student but I only ever buy clothes for them when i do
have extra money - which is why my dolls don’t get much photoshoots
unlike other bjd owners. I will not get into the details but even if I
want to, I couldn’t even buy my grail doll despite having the money for
it, because I am saving up for college. My dolls has never gotten in the
way of my savings though, and my family knows this well that’s why
they’re very supportive of me despite having an expensive hobby.
finally had the courage and tried to talk to him again, like everyone
said, but it was impossible after all. He said I didn’t need the dolls
anyway, so I might as well sell them. I have loved them to bits and I
don’t want to see them go. To be honest I’m a bit scared of him, but I
can see where he was coming. I don’t think this makes him manipulative -
he was just concerned. Maybe it’s true that my dolls are better off
with a new owner that could buy them clothes more than me. That new
owner will probably have more in depth stories for my dolls. Maybe this
hobby just wasn’t for me. I just don’t want to argue with him anymore.
That being said I will look for potential buyers in my own country now.
He wants to see them shipped and sold. He will help me find people too,
probably some acquaintances - I don’t know. I can only hope the next
person to get my dolls would be as caring and as loving as me to them,
treating them like their own children. Sorry this turned out long, it’s
really sad to see them go like this, but I have no choice.
Also, my family knows I’m selling all my dolls and they told me it was up to me. I decided to sell it in the end.
Barbie has never exactly been a feminist icon, but last week Mattel was celebrated for a new advertising campaign that some say empowers young girls. In the “Imagine the Possibilities” commercial, the viewer sees young girls in professional settings — a science museum, a veterinary office, a soccer field — where they lead adults as if they are the ones in charge. At the end of the ad, the scene shifts to a girl acting out her role as a college professor with Barbie dolls in her bedroom. Across the screen flashes, “When a girl plays with Barbie, she imagines everything she can become.”
But does the Barbie commercial really send an affirmative message about women in male-dominated occupations? And how does it stack up against actual Barbie products?
To answer the first question, I invite you to watch the commercial above with a special focus on how the adult observers treat the young girls who are acting out their career fantasies. From the very first scene, everyone the girls encounter has the same reaction: laughter. The idea that these girls can fill the roles they’re imagining strikes the adults as so silly that the only complete sentence any of the adults says to these girls is, “You’re kidding.”
The girls are cute or funny, but never a force to be taken seriously. While the storyline may seem to encourage women’s participation in the labor force, the laughter throughout the commercial suggests that the girls’ aspirations are seen as adorable or silly.
Is it just because they’re kids? I don’t think so. Compare the Barbie ad to toy commercials that target boys. The clearest example I found was the commercial for the i-Que Robot. Like in the Barbie commercial, children take the central speaking roles as adults react to them. Unlike the Barbie commercial, these adults appear captivated and impressed by the boys’ pitches about their toy. By the end of the commercial, it’s easy to imagine these boys as successful salesmen or engineers, everyone has already treated them as such.
Does Barbie back up their message, though, with actual opportunities for play? My quick search on Amazon for the phrase “Barbie office” was pretty disappointing. The commercial, in other words, is disingenuous; it’s out of line with the actual Barbie products available for purchase. After limiting the results to only those produced by Mattel or Barbie, the only office settings I found were a pediatrician’s office and a bright pink veterinary office — which are both associated with stereotypically feminine careers — and a post office that was discontinued in 1995.
There was also a computer and desk intended to be placed in a home setting. From my search for “Barbie office,” I more commonly found career sets for Ken than viable work-oriented play sets for Barbie. Given the options, I find it hard to image how Mattel sees girls playing with Barbie the way the newest ad suggests they might.
As it turns out, Barbie’s new advertising campaign is just the latest in a long string of commercials that try to go viral by appealing to feminist audiences. I would be more impressed if the ad made girls aspiring to male-dominated occupations seem like forces to be reckoned with or, at least, made products that reflected their appropriation of feminist ideals.
Nicole Bedera is a PhD student in sociology at the University of Maryland, College Park. She is currently studying college sexual assault and construction of young men’s sexualities.
Some things about Kent Parson because I’m avoiding thinking about my maths exam tomorrow lol
-He sends like 50% of his money to his mum and puts an extra 25% of it into a fund so his lil sis can go to college
-He collects porcelain dolls. He has a whole room with shelves upon shelves of them. A guy from his team discovered this at a party when he was looking for a toilet and was so scared he peed himself right then and there. He refuses to look Kent in the eye now.
-He’s sort of friends with Taylor Swift and brings it up All The Time. Especially when he’s drunk. Every other sentence from him starts with ‘oh my friend Taylor once said…. Yes that’s right,, Taylor as in Taylor swift, the ol T Swizzle,,, my good friend…’
-He met Beyoncé once and somehow managed to get Bittys number just so he could text him a pic of them together with the caption 'u jelly bro??’
-He had acne when he was younger and no one ever even mentioned it but he was v self conscious about it and still has some scarring from where he used to pick at it
-On the topic of scars: he once tried to put Kit on a lead so he could take her for a walk and he has huge scars on his forearm to prove it
-He’s v good with the press, reporters simultaneously love him and hate him because he’s perfected the art of telling them what they want to hear while giving them no actual information at all
-He does that Thing Everyone Hates where you send out like a newsletter every few months to family and friends detailing all your activities, except it’s entirely about Kit Purrson. He sends it to literally everyone he knows. Farmer gets his newsletter. The woman at the front desk of his apartment building gets his newsletter. Most of the reporters he’s done interviews with get his newsletter.
-His middle name was victor but he changed it to Vanity so it was More Him