She couldn't become a computer engineer and had to rely on men. The Mattel company apologized. The problem is what she represents. The sex ing of kids, Kinda like what Brittany Spears did to Kids clothing, tots in Daisy Dukes and off the shoulder T shirts! And Yes Mom can say no, but recognizing the power of merchandising is such a empowering idea. How we are manipulated by the psychology of sales. Obvious but so powerful.
And Jewell at doll-lightful for clearing things up about the Lammily Doll http://doll-lightful.blogspot.com/
As I am 60 and lived in LA I had one of the first Barbie dolls. I was in 5th grade. Man, Barbie has lingerie. Who knew about silk stockings? And GARTER BELTS!. I remember going over to my friend Sally's house and being surprised when she said "Want to play DIRTY BARBIE" I said ok. Then she unclothed both her Barbie and Ken and held them together tummy to tummy and smashed them around. It meant nothing to me... Boring. Lets just say there are dolls for all ages. And Kudos to the little girl, Charlotte who wrote Legos asking them to make girl Scientist lego people.http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/06/05/female-scientist-legos_n_5452284.html So gimme those Badass Lego girls! These are mash ups by a real 3 yr old girl! Cecilia. Her mom Posted them. So cool.
And here are the new Lego women
I am thinking of this because I read that clever English Journalist, Caitlin Moran's book, "How to be a Woman" on her experiences as a writer and girl/mother/lover et al. and My Little Assistant came into my room looked shocked and asked incredulously "YOU'RE READING HOW TO BE A WOMAN?" Like maybe I didn't know how... You see once again miniatures reveal real life.Take that Nella Oortman's husband! There was a time we didn't even OWN our own children. You go Girrrls! CM P.S. I originally titled this "Barbie, check out those Badass Lego Girrls" and I think blogspot wouldn't publish it till I removed "badass" from the title. Could that be? Thanks Minidork I saw in your comment how to spell with -. (I should really call this blog "I'm just saying...")
You may have seen this replication of Picasso's Guernica done in Legos on the internet by Veronica Watson of Legoland. Very ambitious.
Guernica was a small Spanish Basque village where Franco and Hiltler bombed and strafed unsuspecting villagers in their town and fields. Hitler did it to show off and show the power of terror. Picasso painted it to bring attention to The Spanish Civil War.
Picasso knew this was a new form of warfare and his painting was shown at the 1937 International Exhibition in Paris in the Spanish Pavilion. The Spanish were quite nervous about it's reception because of the strong presence the Germans whose exhibit was one of the largest as Germany was just coming into power before WW2.
On seeing a picture of the painting on Picasso's wall during the occupation of Paris a German Officer is to have said to Picasso "Did you do that" and Picasso replied "No, you did"
Considering the world of terrorist acts we live in I don't care what medium this important work is shown in as long as people see it and know its history.
And I am NOT say Germany made the only Terrorists. I think my own country has done it's share of damage.
What would you paint to depict terror today, Be headings, drones, refugee camps? CM