Tuesday, October 11, 2005


claims to be lazy and confused as well as aged 31.
I am interested in the exciting artifacts he uses in his photographs.
'What an interesting juxtaposition!!!!',
I hear you say.
And others call out:
'Check out the semiotics in that!!!'

barbie in a teacup
thanks so much to Mohawk for showing us this too.

You must see the discussion here of what is going on.
Aaaanyway at the weekend (when I was working) a student told me she had read my Babyz paper here.
She told me she had to stop reading after a while as the thought of cyber babyz being tortured upset her so much. When I told her this was just girls (gurlz) playing experimentally and it was only pixels being manipulated not Babyz being tortured, she explained that many murderers had been found to have brutalised their dolls when younger.

So I now worry about Guy's daughters' futures. See here.


Kate said...

I once wrote an essay for David Buckingham (yes I was his student once) on The Little Mermaid as an example of bricolage.
My son was very attached to Barbies (so there all you gender determinists) but also liked to cut their hair off and mutilate them (he was 3 at the time)
So my essay for my MA was on the Little Mermaid as bricolage.
The final version that my son played with had a pink punk haircut, and wore an attractive ensemble of clothing including some tattered Cinderella outfit but sadly the legs had been amputated for unknown reasons.
He is obviously in danger of being a mass murderer.
I will go and tell him now (he is sick at home).

Simply Clare said...

When I was nine, I brutalised my Girlsworld head. It had to be done: the makers provided makeup and extending/retracting hair. Perhaps all doll manufacturers can be held accountable for the mass murderering tendencies of mass murderers.
I also bit my cat's tail once. He bit me first.

Mary Plain said...

I had Sindy's little sister Patch (I was a Sindy girl not a Barbie girl) and I cut her hair, made a right mess of it..

Joolz said...

I was like you Mary Plain and had Sindy followed by Barbie. My mother truly disapproved of Barbie saiying she jad a mean face, unlike Sindy who looked more 'normal'
Hmm. Ever since then I have been obsessed with Barbie as I had a DEPRIVED childhood. My dog used to chew heads and legs off Sindy who would then be sent to my Nana who lived neart a dolls hospital. She would come back after extreme cosmetic surgery with new legs, heads etc. I would like to write about Barbie but it has been done sooo much; my favourite kids feature cartoon was FernGully and I used to do a GCSE assignment on it in school when I was stilll a secondary school teacher. (They did like this work, but preferred deconstructing 'Boyz n the Hood'.

Dr. Rob said...

I never played with dollies or tormented my sisters dollies does that mean I am demented and repressed?

I never had an action man either!

Kate said...

I always felt left out because I had a boy who played with barbies.
All these women would sit around saying isn't it amazing how boys are just SOO interested in trains and cars and conform to type and I would feel really uncomfortable because I had a boy who loved Barbies.
He doesn't now though.
My daughter hated them and would savagely mutilate them.
I love this thread.

Joolz said...

My brother had an action man which he secretly thought was boring. He put it up trees and made a parachute for it. My uncle asked im if he liked playing dollies. It disappeared after that.
Shame that boys are discouraged in this way; my son used toput bridesmaid dreses on and twirl around. He looked like a girl and loved the feel of the material. If anyone came to the house he hid behind the sofa.

Diane said...

I had Sindy too. Barbie (like ITV)was considered common. In just cut her hair which in retrospect seems a bit feeble.

My son was very fond of Ballerina Barbie (much less pneumatic than the usual) when he was 3. He liked the Nutcracker too. He didn't really talk except with gesture and onomatapoeia until he was over three so I think he felt fellow feeling with non verbal art forms.

Neither of them did much twirling. There was a lot of bondage (though no mutilation) and Barbie integrated herself seamlessly into the dinosaur genre.

Ballerina Barbie has passed on to Eleanor (3) and has been joined by Pet Doctor Barbie(serious shoes and a clip board), Charlie (cheap Woolworths rip off) and Cinderella's Wedding Barbie (complete with cake)
Eleanor doesn't really play with Cinderella Barbie - she seems to be too sparkly for everyday contact and lies in state - but the others have made a feisty sisterhood. They heve gained biro tattoos and make shifting alliances with ninja turtles and aliens which occasionally fragment into conflict. String is still very important and they are often to be found hanging around. Boundaries too. Eleanor's play has very liminal concerns and the Barbies are frequently engaged in negotiations regarding entry to a doll's house which is far too small for them. Sometimes one Barbie is situated as custodian of the house but more often they are all positioned half in and half out of diffent windows and doors - an ambiguous relation with domesticity which I fully identify with.
How lovely to read a fellow Mary Plain fan. I had a Proustian moment when I saw that picture ...

Chris Best said...

Interesting pic :-)

lucy pepper said...

i used to be surprised that Sindy's hair didn't grow back. (oh, yes, Barbie was considered trashy in our house!).


oh, by the way, I've tagged you.


Joolz said...

Thanks Vitriolica for the tag!! I am going to continue the mem today.

Joolz said...

Diane's kids' exploits are fascinating.. thanks for posting Diane.

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