The Good, the Bad, and the Barbie

  • by Tanya Lee Stone
  • Narrated by Stina Nielsen
  • 3 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In the prologue, Meg Cabot describes her desire for a Barbie and her mother's reluctance to purchase one, basically summing up the conflict surrounding the doll since its introduction in 1959.
Listeners learn about Mattel Toys and the background behind Barbie's concept and development, how it was a solution for girls who wanted to imagine adult roles rather than just play mother, and details about inventor Ruth Handler. But more than that, Stone reveals the pathos behind so many relationships of girls with Barbie: those who cherished her and those who were negatively influenced.
Was she a destructive role model or just a toy? Experts disagree. In this balanced overview, both sides of the quandary are addressed. Barbie's different roles, graduating from nurse to surgeon, stewardess to pilot, and always a woman of her own means, reflect societal changes over the past 50 years as well.


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Customer Reviews

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a story well told and researched

very interesting. I really enjoyed this mind opening experience. I still love barbie though and won't stop loving her. this just open my eyes to certain things.
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-22-2013
  • Publisher: Recorded Books