Take that Barbie!

"Whilst for an adult the delight the child felt in breaking, mutilating and torturing their dolls is deeply disturbing, from the child's point of view they were simply being imaginative in disposing of an excessive commodity in the same way as one might crush cans for recycling."

The closest thing to a tortured barbie picture I could find in my (albeit exceptionally short) internet search.

Recent marketing research has found that young girls tend to mutilate and torture their Barbie dolls. This, I am assuming, is not exactly what Mattel had in mind.

By what Mattel didn't have in mind, I of course mean:

"The meaning of 'Barbie' went beyond an expressed antipathy; actual physical violence and torture towards the doll was repeatedly reported, quite gleefully, across age, school and gender,"


The researchers are quick to point out that this is not in fact anti-social behavior, but rather an innocent rite of passage into womanhood. I am not entirely certain that I would agree with this. However, since their sample group of 100 children seemed to indicate that this behavior is quite widespread I suppose we will just have to accept their conclusions.

Either that or just use it as another excuse to accuse the British of being fucked up.

4 thoughts on “Take that Barbie!”

  • I wrote a silly paper about this for a women's studies class once. I reminisced about the abuse my little friends and I put our barbies through and theorized that we were trying to humanize the barbies so they were more reflective of actual people. For example, we stuck pins in their boobs to give them nipple-marks.

    Also, there was lots of sexual play with the Barbies. My Barbie totally got it on with Ken, as well as her other friends. Kids are weirdos.

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  • my friends and i are planning on having a torture barbie party. and nooooooo we will not feed her to any fish. i'm feeding her to my dog after i rub raw meat on her. :)

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