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Hating on Barbie

Postby Zeo » Tue Dec 20, 2005 6:01 pm

Mattel should market this idea to pre-adolescent girls with a Barbie doll that includes a pair of scissors, a black sharpie marker and a cigarette lighter. :twisted:

Researchers Find Barbie Is Often Mutilated

By JILL LAWLESS, Associated Press Writer Mon Dec 19, 6:02 PM ET
LONDON - Barbie, beware. The iconic plastic doll is often mutilated at the hands of young girls, according to research published Monday by British academics.

"The girls we spoke to see Barbie torture as a legitimate play activity, and see the torture as a 'cool' activity," said Agnes Nairn, one of the University of Bath researchers. "The types of mutilation are varied and creative, and range from removing the hair to decapitation, burning, breaking and even microwaving."
Researchers from the university's marketing and psychology departments questioned 100 children about their attitudes to a range of products as part of a study on branding. They found Barbie provoked the strongest reaction, with youngsters reporting "rejection, hatred and violence," Nairn said.
"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," she said.
While boys often expressed nostalgia and affection toward Action Man — the British equivalent of GI Joe — renouncing Barbie appeared to be a rite of passage for many girls, Nairn said.
"The most readily expressed reason for rejecting Barbie was that she was babyish, and girls saw her as representing their younger childhood out of which they felt they had now grown," she said.
Nairn said many girls saw Barbie as an inanimate object rather than a treasured toy.
"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," she said.
Manufacturer Mattel, which sells 94 million Barbies a year worldwide, said the doll remained the "No. 1 fashion doll brand."
Mattel U.K. said that despite the findings of "this very small group of children, we know that there are millions of girls in the U.K. and across the world that love and enjoy playing with Barbie and will continue to do so in the future."
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Postby vicious_blood » Tue Dec 20, 2005 6:28 pm

Does torture or mutilation consists of cutting Barbies hair so short it spikes and painting almost her entire face in my moms blue eyeshadow, then making her ride off on My Little Pony so Skipper could have Ken all to herself?
Cause that's what I did.

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Postby Russo » Tue Dec 20, 2005 9:25 pm

I used to bite the feet off my Barbies so they couldn't run away.

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If she were a street gang, I'd go to war with her with bottles and chains.
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Postby badkiity » Tue Dec 20, 2005 11:00 pm

Me and my friends played with Punk Rock Barbie ( yes our own creation. :twisted: ) and a Hitler doll. :cat:
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Postby Coor » Wed Dec 21, 2005 6:50 pm

We used to shoot mine with the BB gun...

Yea...I know.
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Postby poisoned_star » Thu Dec 22, 2005 5:56 am

Mine always had their legs busted, or they were bound and burned.
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Postby RavenLunatic » Sun Dec 25, 2005 6:32 am

My Barbie waz a Lezbian, she beat the crap out of Ken on a daily basis & then she went off to fuck Jem.
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Postby Silent Huntress » Sun Dec 25, 2005 6:40 pm

We would cut her hair off, dismember her and then set her on fire, with G.I. Joe watching. I just liked to here the plastic melt.
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Postby iblis » Sun Dec 25, 2005 7:41 pm

Silent Huntress wrote:We would cut her hair off, dismember her and then set her on fire, with G.I. Joe watching. I just liked to here the plastic melt.

eww. nasty burnt plastic smell!

but that's still pretty cool. someone ought to do a stop-action barbie holocaust film based on that report. :D
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Postby Mother Mo » Mon Dec 26, 2005 11:08 pm

I got some of my older sister's dolls as hand me downs & one of them had a dented boob. She became breast cancer barbie & I cut off all her hair because she had to take chemo. :twisted:
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