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Forever Barbie: The Unauthorized Biography of a Real Doll Paperback – 1 Mar 2004

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Traces the history of the Barbie doll from her origins in postwar Germany to the present, noting her parallel development with women's movements. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars An Enlightening Look at America's Favorite Blonde 25 Oct. 2016
By Tish G. - Published on
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even though the book is close to 20 yrs old, the info it contains about the genesis of America's favorite fashion doll, her impact on the lives of Baby Boomers, and how she morphed from independent career girl to Something Other Than makes the book well worth reading. I'd always wondered if there really is a link between eating disorders and Barbie, and M.G. Lord certainly makes a clear argument that there's more to girls' weight and beauty obsessions than the dolls they play with. Also, what I found most relate-able is Lord's own relationship with the dolls, because it is so much like mine. These dolls were our best friends, and they presented us with unlimited, empowering life scenarios. A lot of that changes in the 80s, when the doll's makers decide she should be more than just a vehicle for girls' fantasies of social and financial independence. If you are looking for a deeper understanding of the Barbie phenomenon, I'd recommend reading this insightful book
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5.0 out of 5 stars MUST-READ 15 Aug. 2016
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Excellent book. Thought-provoking and extremely well-written. Love the author's style of writing and humour. Both the pro and con side of the Barbie debate very well covered. Would consider this essential reading, whether you love or hate Barbie - you will look at her through different eyes in future.
4.0 out of 5 stars Complex and engaging 7 Aug. 2013
By Josephine Ensign - Published on
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Who knew that Barbie was modeled after a German porn doll? Before reading this book I thought that was just a feminist urban myth. MG Lord does a good job of delving into the complexities of the Barbie doll effects on our collective psyches. I'm still proud of the fact that I beheaded all of my older sister's hand-me-down Barbies, but I now have greater appreciation for what it was exactly that I was beheading. This is a very engaging read and my favorite of Lord's books.
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting book, if somewhat dated now... 10 Jan. 2015
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I recommend this book, and its excellent writing, to anyone who wants to dig into the backstory of Barbie.
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is good! 28 Jan. 2013
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If you love Barbie, you have to read this book. I checked it out from my local library and loved it so much that I decided to purchase my own copy.
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