(Picture shows the first Barbie wearing a black and white striped swimsuit with white sunglasses on her head.)
This week a child showed me her Barbie doll. Quick as a flash I said, ‘That’s nice. What job does she do?’ Child looked confused but eventually agreed Barbie is an engineer. The child then wandered off presumably to play a game of Suspension Bridge.
I felt triumphant to have used this simple interaction as an opportunity to spread my radical feminist agenda. With that in mind I have prepared this list of questions to ask about Barbie.
What job does Barbie do?
What kind of super fund does Barbie have?
Does Barbie have any good tips on how to ask for a pay rise?
What sport does Barbie play?
Which AFL team does Barbie play for?
What’s Barbie’s favourite science?
What’s Barbie’s favourite physics sub-field? (If Barbie says string theory, gently suggest there are better options, but don’t be strident about this.)
What is Barbie reading at the moment?
What book does Barbie think should win the Stella Prize this year? (If Barbie thinks there shouldn’t be women only prizes for literature, this is a good time to get strident.)
(This next one’s genius. Hold on to all hats.)
Have you ever met anyone in real life who has legs as long as Barbie’s, a waist that small and boobs that go out that far? No? That’s okay Barbie. It’s good to be DIFFERENT.