Category Archives: Dolls/ Barbie

February 15

Barbie Craftivism 2018

So, following on from last year’s Barbie Craftvism workshop which you can view here,   it was time to do it all over again. After sending my husband out to acquire as many dolls as he could find, this was my haul.   This session is  part of  a Level 6 module called Body Politics […]

March 01

Activism Barbie

    Firstly I would like to thank Dr Paula Singleton of Leeds Beckett University, whom you can contact on twitter here. Paula very kindly shared her resources and ideas with me, and you can read about some of her Activism Barbie workshops on her blog. I would also like to thank Dr Kay Standing, Reader in […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]