Tag Archives: dolls

Christmas Panopticon

In the spirit of the holiday, I leave you with excerpts from the 1 December 2014 piece “Who’s the Boss? The Elf on the Shelf and the normalization of surveillance” by Laura Pinto and Selena Nemorin via the Canadian Centre for Policy … Continue reading

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Obama, O Canada, SoCalifornia

Some more doll-related objects and images have made their way into my inbox lately, and I thought they were too bizarre not to share. First, we have the Obama election doll. I’m going to be so sad when that link expires. Here is … Continue reading

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Just another foray into material culture and girlhood studies

Here we have “Eskimo Barbie” from 1982: Eskimo Barbie doll is ready to brave the cold weather in her faux fur-trimmed outfit. She’s a mirage of beauty, dressed from head to toe in white fabric accented with black trim and … Continue reading

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More on words

Here’s an excerpt from William M. O’Barr’s fascinating interview with Paul Kurnit: WMO: Well, wait a minute. Advertising never shows boys playing with dolls or girls getting into those kinds of things. PK: Actually, advertising does show boys playing with … Continue reading

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Queering Barbie Dolls

I love love love love love love research. It is the best, because… LOOK WHAT I FOUND: Dusty and Skye dolls produced by Kenner in 1974. (Brought to my attention by Regina Buccola’s article “Dusty, the Dkye Barbie” in the … Continue reading

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