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Did Boring Business Meetings Kill Barbie?

The Huffington Post | Hunter Stuart | Posted 12.24.2014 | Business

While Barbie was busy becoming a tech entrepreneur, the company that makes her was mired in old-school business bureaucracy. Mattel Inc., which ow...

The "Normal Barbie:" Setting the Ideal Female Body Image Right

Uloop | Posted 12.08.2014 | College
Uloop

Why should the 91 percent feel bad about their bodies because of the portrayal of the 5 percent as "ideal"? This is exactly what the creators of the Lammily doll, otherwise known as the "normal Barbie," wanted to correct.

Vote for the Worst Toy of the Year

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 12.04.2014 | Parents
Dr. Jim Taylor

The Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood, an organization whose mission is to support parents' efforts to raise healthy families by limiting commercial access to children and ending the exploitive practice of child-targeted marketing, is having a Vote for the Worst Toy of the Year contest.

Elsa Dethrones Barbie As 'Frozen' Everything Takes The Top Holiday Toy Spot

AP | Posted 11.27.2014 | Parents

NEW YORK (AP) — For the first time in more than a decade Barbie has been frozen out of the top spot on the holiday wish lists of girls. The new rei...

We Shouldn't Be Cartwheeling Over the Lamilly Doll Just Yet

Erin Spencer | Posted 11.21.2014 | Women
Erin Spencer

Lamilly has potential and certainly is sparking great discourse on a topic that really needs to be addressed in today's society. But we shouldn't rush to congratulate doll makers just yet. Brown locks and a higher BMI aren't enough to make little Lamilly the every-girl doll.

Why The 'Body-Positive' Lammily Doll Is Anything But

Nikki Gloudeman | Posted 11.20.2014 | Style
Nikki Gloudeman

I hate to criticize Lammily -- the new "normal" looking doll for little girls -- as challenging the all-mighty Barbie and her size negative-four standards is a commendable act. That said... I'm about to criticize Lammily.

The Messed-Up Lessons We're Surrounded By As Girls

Niyathi Chakrapani | Posted 11.20.2014 | Teen
Niyathi Chakrapani

It may be pretty in pink when we're kids and tweens, but when adolescents start to find changes in their bodies -- some faster than others -- girls may look at themselves in the mirror and compare their bodies to an impossible image.

Kevin Short

Mattel Apologizes For Depicting Barbie As An Incompetent Computer Engineer

HuffingtonPost.com | Kevin Short | Posted 11.21.2014 | Business

Barbie is sorry. In a posting on Mattel's Barbie Facebook page Wednesday, the iconic doll apologized for a 2010 children's book that portrays her fail...

What I Gained From Having A Sister And No Brothers

Joe DeProspero | Posted 11.20.2014 | Parents
Joe DeProspero

By having a sister, I developed an early respect for the opposite sex I may not have if I had been an only child or one of three brothers.

Venezuela Applies Price Controls To Barbies, Because Of Socialism

AP | HANNAH DREIER | Posted 11.13.2014 | Latino Voices

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Socialism has embraced Barbie, just in time for Christmas Mothers, grandmothers and beaming little girls are grabbing arm...

Masks of Sexism: Trick-or-Treating From Fairy Princess to Miss Behaved

Sarah Key | Posted 12.27.2014 | Parents
Sarah Key

What makes girls (and women) retreat from our superpowers to damsels in distress? When we reach for a mask, why is it so often one of prettiness and not power?

Barbie Sales Are Seriously Tanking

AP | Posted 12.16.2014 | Business

NEW YORK (AP) — Mattel's got girl problems and her name is Barbie. Sales of the iconic doll continue to slide and a surprising drop in sales of its ...

Why I Never Tell My Sons To 'Be A Man'

Joe DeProspero | Posted 12.06.2014 | Parents
Joe DeProspero

It's not that the phrase is abusive, it's that the phrase is limiting -- and frankly, confusing for a small child. Be a man? What does that even mean? I'm 35 and sometimes I'm not even sure what it means.

Barbie's 'Virgin Mary' Makeover Is Infuriating Catholic Bishops

Religion News Service | JOSEPHINE MCKENNA | Posted 09.24.2014 | Religion

ROME (RNS) Barbie has had a number of careers in her 55 years — flight attendant, veterinarian, astronaut, even president. Her latest role, however,...

You Will Never Believe Who You Can Now Follow On Instagram

The Huffington Post | Jamie Feldman | Posted 08.27.2014 | Style

These days, it seems like everyone -- especially people in fashion -- are on Instagram. Now, one of the original style icons has an account of her own...

Why Does Everyone Have to Be Beautiful?

Heather Creekmore | Posted 10.20.2014 | Women
Heather Creekmore

Freedom from our body loathing won't come from taking more confident selfies, giving Barbie a double chin or determining to love ourselves better by posting unflattering pictures on Instagram. These are all ways we focus more on ourselves and our obsessions, not less.

The Newest Human Ken Doll Spent $50,000 To Be A 'Human Puppet'

The Huffington Post | Sebastian Murdock | Posted 08.07.2014 | Weird News

There's a new Ken in town. Brazilian model Celso Santebanes, 20, can now compete with the likes of "Human Ken Doll" Justin Jedlica over who pulls o...

Breasts: What's Barbie Got to Do With Them?

Fiona Finn | Posted 09.05.2014 | Style
Fiona Finn

In an effort to better understand the reality of how distant Barbie is from the average woman, I created a parody featuring what her breasts might look like at her current age of 55-years-old. It's a sad, sad truth but as women age, their breasts go south.

Mattel Agrees To Produce More Bald Barbie 'Ella' Dolls For Little Kids With Cancer

The Huffington Post | Mandy Velez | Posted 07.01.2014 | Parents

Thanks to a brave little girl and her mother, Mattel will continue to make bald Barbie "Ella" dolls for children battling cancer. The toy company p...

Is Entrepreneur Barbie The Doll We Have Been Waiting For?

The Huffington Post | Cavan Sieczkowski | Posted 06.23.2014 | Parents

Barbie has been a lot of things in her 50-year history: a fashion model, an astronaut and an "American Idol" winner. Now, she is an entrepreneur. ...

The Violence of Abortion Barbie, Wendy Davis

Molly Rosner | Posted 08.09.2014 | Women
Molly Rosner

Affiliating Wendy Davis with Barbie attempts to transform a political leader into a vapid and empty-headed doll famous for her over-sexualized body. The pink Barbie-like frame of the poster plays up girlhood and downplays womanhood.

From Broken to Beautiful -- How to Cultivate Beauty That Lasts

Daisy J Lin | Posted 08.05.2014 | Women
Daisy J Lin

We keep telling ourselves that we should be flawless. When our lives falls short of our imaginary utopia, we get scared and lash out at ourselves and those we love. Our society worships perfection, photoshopping out wrinkles and bulges of our starving models.

Mattel Wants Everyone To Chill Out About Barbie And Just Let Kids Play

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 05.21.2014 | Parents

A new Mattel initiative wants us to lighten up on Barbie. The toymaker launched "The Barbie Project," in which kids supposedly are left to play wit...

Barbie Is Dying And Bringing Mattel Along With Her

Reuters | Posted 06.17.2014 | Business

* First-qtr net loss $0.03/share vs $0.11 profit year earlier * First-qtr adjusted profit $0.01/share vs est. $0.09 * S...

What You Need To Know About Lammily

Nickolay Lamm | Posted 05.27.2014 | Women
Nickolay Lamm

When I look at current fashion dolls, I'm reminded of my experience in high school and that of my cousin. I'm reminded that there are some things that are just a mirage and not worth emulating. Moreover, I'm reminded that there is beauty in embracing all the aspects of who you are, and in staying true to you.