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Hugo the (Gay?) Fairy

Juliet Linley | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Juliet Linley

A Sicilian friend of mine is perplexed by her son's choice of carnival costume this year. Her husband is simply not amused.

Red China Turns U.S.A. Pink

Maggie Van Ostrand | Posted 08.01.2011 | Business
Maggie Van Ostrand

Unlike clothes made in the U.S.. which requires colorfast and pre-shrunk fabrics, we overlook those regulations when it comes to imported fabrics. And good luck trying to find Made in the U.S.A. labels.

The Gift America Needs Most: Manufacturing

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Leo W. Gerard

The gift this country needs most this holiday season is an economy built on a solid foundation, one that will provide middle class, family-supporting jobs now and into the future.

Would You Buy an Overweight Barbie?

Irene Rubaum-Keller | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Irene Rubaum-Keller

The average woman in the U.S. is 5'4" and around 142 lbs. She is not modeling anything.

What's Under Your Burka, Barbie?

Mona Eltahawy | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Mona Eltahawy

Who needs Ken when Burka Barbie can have Angry Bearded Muslim Man as her companion? (I want my share of royalties for that idea).

11 Things Wal-Mart Has Banned | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Retail giant Wal-Mart is the world's largest public company, and whether or not you're a fan of shopping at the House that Sam Walton Built, you've go...

The Story of Another Manual Typewriter's Journey

Carol Hoenig | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Carol Hoenig

When other girls were asking for Barbie dolls, I was wishing for a typewriter, one that would actually tap out a world of my own creation.

The Libertarian Gotcha

Harry Moroz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Harry Moroz

The Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act is generating quite a bit of controversy for a measure designed to protect children from lead and other unsafe consumer products.

What Is 'The Barbie'? And How Does One Do It?

Zandile Blay | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Zandile Blay

My heart and my mind are in the midst of a fierce battle: to love or loathe this YouTube video. My mind is in shock, my heart is in love. While they ...

Letterman Should Call Himself Letterperson from Now On

Catie Lazarus | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Catie Lazarus

Sarah, how creepy is it that NOW is jumping on your bandwagon? Trying to be friends with the alpha popular princess by sweeping abortion, pay parity, stem cell research under the rug!

Marketing a Media Renaissance at Media Bistro Circus

Eric Shutt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Eric Shutt

The social spaces of yesterday are being replaced by a new blend of digital pixels and material places.

Barbie Survives Recession: Store Opens In China, The First Of Its Kind (VIDEO)

Al Jazeera | Melissa Chan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

China's economic resilience during the global downturn is attracting a growing number of American companies. One of them is the toymaker Mattel, make...

Open Letter to American Girl Dolls

Sybil Adelman Sage | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Sybil Adelman Sage

The Ming Lee doll was adopted from a Chinese orphanage and flown to America to join her celebrity family and meet her Ethiopian and Cambodian siblings.

Of Barbies, Bratz and Bimbos

Elizabeth Birch | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Elizabeth Birch

We can do better than feed a continuous diet of dolls that celebrate eating disorders to our kids, and then wonder why they are expressing a desire to diet as early as third grade.

Beauty and the Vegetable

Christopher Brauchli | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Christopher Brauchli

West Virginia is concerned with beauty and the European Union is concerned with ugly.

Cock Ring Ken: Dumping Western Consumer Products in Eastern Europe?

Scott Diel | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Scott Diel

I imagine manufacturers' warehouses full of defective appliances awaiting shipment to Eastern Europe where many customers haven't yet a clue they're supposed to be king. Does this, in fact, happen?

New Rule: Bat Out Of Mattel

Bill Maher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Bill Maher

A Letter to Barbie: Happy 50th Birthday.

Janice Taylor | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Janice Taylor

I miss you, Barbie. I really do, and I apologize for abruptly packing you and Ken up into your dollhouse and selling you to the kid down the street for movie and gasoline money.

Younger Than Barbie, Older Than Barack

Chip Conley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Chip Conley

Barack's Inaugural address basically told us it's time to grow up. I guess he was speaking to me and my classmates who've been "kids in the candy store" for most of our adult life.

Barbie Doll Advertisements Through The Ages

The Big Money | By Amy Tennery and Win Rosenfeld | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

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My Brunch with Barbie

Nina Hartley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Nina Hartley

Who could have known we would both end up as Rorschach tests for changing notions of femininity, alternately blamed for everything from anorexia to promiscuity and hailed as icons of sexual liberation.

Barbie: Always A Bridesmaid, Never A Bride

Wendy Braitman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Wendy Braitman

Barbie will turn 50 on March 9. She has never married. Think about that for a minute. The ideal, American pin-up girl is a spinster.

Barbie In China: Mattel To Open Barbie Superstore In Shanghai | Emily Rauhala | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

HONG KONG -- Tall, blond, impossibly large breasts. Barbie stands out anywhere, but in China, she really turns heads. And that, of course, is exactl...

Photos: The Step-By-Step Making Of Barbie | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style

The doll is sold in 150 countries, has represented more than 50 nationalities and ethnicities. 'totally hair barbie' was released in 1992. the doll's ...

Barbie Designer Jack Ryan Exposed: New Book Details Sex Obsession

The Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style

Barbies just got a whole lot creepier thanks to revelations about the doll's designer Jack Ryan in Jerry Oppenheimer's new book "Toy Monster: The Big,...