Category Archives: Dolls/ Barbie

plastic2 October 22

Slut Shaming: The Anxiety of Excess

I gave a paper on Friday at the BSA Youth Sexualities conference at Durham called Slut Shaming: The Anxiety of Excess. I have written a few blog posts on these ideas before. Mean Girls and Slut Shaming; Bad Barbie: Farrah Abraham; Glee Naked: Slutty Barbie;, Dirty Doll Slut-Shaming in the Valleys; Inked Doll: Cheryl Cole […]

plastic7 July 27

Princess Doll: The Unbearable Lightness of Perfection

I was glued to BBC News awaiting Kate and William (the Royal answer to Barbie and Ken) and the big reveal of the Hashtag Royal Baby. I couldn’t wait for Kate to float onto the steps outside the Lindo Wing of St Mary’s hospital, and delight the crowds with our future king in her dainty […]

plastic44 June 09

Chav Barbie Tulisa : Down with the Doll

Tulisa. Ah, my beautiful Tula. Much has been written in the aftermath of the Sun’s sterling investigation. I bet it took them months if not years to devise such an amazing plan. You know, go to a club and ask a young person if anyone they know can get hold of drugs. How about asking […]

glee2 May 10

Glee ‘Naked’ : Slutty Barbie

This post is about USA cult show Glee, where the boys and girls of William McKinley High School fight out important social issues through the medium of song and dance. Rachel Berry, the school’s former star, is now at NYADA, New York Academy of the Dramatic Arts, and is battling to find her way in […]

plastic43 May 05

Bad Barbie: Farrah Abraham

Bad Barbie: Farrah Abraham Farrah Abraham is a US reality star who featured in MTV’s 16 and Pregnant, and later Teen Mom. For UK readers unfamiliar with these shows, the Daily Mail love using the cast members as stark warnings of immorality,excess, teenage pregnancy and improperly coded femininity. Farrah has recently been getting a lot […]

plastic34 April 20

Undergraduate short piece: Subverting Gender Norms; Nicki Minaj as Barbie

I have come across another piece I wrote at Level 6 undergraduate level, I have put a shorter version here. Hopefully this will be of use to other undergraduates or those new to Sociology. As you can see the doll theme was definitely on my mind. Any comments/ feedback/ problems (especially with my references to […]