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Body horror video games - for little girls

If you have a small kid they have probably spent countless hours with characters such as Barbie, Dora the Explorer and Frozen's Elsa. Now you can scar them for life and instill some valuable life lessons about personal hygiene and healthcare in general with gross and weird video games such as Dora dentist day, Dora hair care, Elsa Arm Surgery, Barbie Sore Throat, Nail Surgery And Foot Spa 2, Sole Surgery, Jimmy At The Doctor, Barbie Shave, Cinderella Pumpkin Accident, Hello Kitty Care, Justin Bieber At The Doctor, Pregnant Ariel Injured, Dentist Fear, Ladybug Skin Doctor, Elsa Brain Doctor.
posted by Foci for Analysis on Jul 2, 2016 - 34 comments

Hydraulic Press Channel: let's get crushing!

"For the Hydraulic Press Channel, we have Easter for our press. We have this lovely basket, chocolate bunny and chocolate egg. Let's see what happens." (Warning: heavy metal intros, natch) [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Mar 27, 2016 - 40 comments

Barbie Got Booty

America’s biggest toy company is changing the most famous body in the world. Classic, curvy, tall and petite; 7 skin tones; 22 eye colours; 24 hairstyles; 8 hair colours: meet the new Barbie Fashionistas.
posted by DarlingBri on Jan 29, 2016 - 105 comments


Barbiephonic, an audio experiment from mhoye
Of the six attempts [to listen to the whole file] I’m aware of, four were called off when the death threats started, one due to the near-breakup of the couple making the attempt, and one person drinking themselves to unconsciousness at about the 90 minute mark. I’m not saying that to make a joke. I’m telling you because this is real and it’s an SCP-grade psychic biohazard. No highly esteemed deed was committed here; this is not a place of honour.
[more inside] posted by frimble on Dec 9, 2015 - 57 comments

Playing with Barbies has rarely been about fashion

A new ad for Barbie tries to get away from the stereotypes (via kveller)
posted by jb on Oct 17, 2015 - 60 comments

Is She Alive, Mommy?

Barbie Wants to Get to Know Your Child.
For psychologists who study the imaginative play of children, the primary concern with A.I. toys is not that they encourage kids to fantasize too wildly. Instead, researchers worry that a conversational doll might prevent children, who have long personified toys without technology, from imagining wildly enough.
posted by gottabefunky on Sep 23, 2015 - 64 comments


Wired Magazine introduces us to Socality Barbie:

Socality Barbie is a fantastic Instagram account satirizing the great millennial adventurer trend in photography. It’s an endless barrage of pensive selfies in exotic locales, arty snapshots of coffee, and just the right filter on everything. Anyone who’s flipped through an issue of Kinfolk gets the aesthetic. And it’s everywhere on Instagram.
posted by Johnny Wallflower on Sep 7, 2015 - 94 comments

A cold never bothered her anyway

Barbie Breast Feeding had you drag and drop the baby from the cot to Barbie’s chest where it drinks enough milk that it promptly develops a stomach ache and then requires a leg massage and a nappy change. I assume that might be closer to reality, except instead of wiping a flower which exists in place of your child’s genitals you’re actually dealing with human poop and children can get that EVERYWHERE.
Philippa Warr on the Weird World Of Frozen Pregnancy Games. SLRPS
posted by MartinWisse on Jun 13, 2015 - 29 comments

Anorexia and the media

"My Eating Disorder Had Nothing to Do with Barbie or the Media" [more inside]
posted by John Cohen on Feb 22, 2015 - 47 comments

Math is hard.

Barbie Fucks It Up Again “This is great!” I said. “Barbie wants to be a computer engineer! And fifty stickers!” [more inside]
posted by Shmuel510 on Nov 17, 2014 - 93 comments

Barbie is D'Artagnan. Really.

If you only read one review today, please make it this one. [more inside]
posted by geek anachronism on Oct 26, 2014 - 26 comments

Spidey Spidey Awesome: The World of Disneycartoys

Somewhere on the internet Barbie, Elsa, and Anna are BFFs. Disneycartoys is a mashup of doll, action figure, and play-doh "unboxing" videos which often break out of the unboxing genre and evolve into full-on crossfic narratives, featuring Barbie, the Disney princesses, and occasionally an effeminate Spiderman.
posted by analogue on Aug 18, 2014 - 7 comments

How to turn Barbies into Doctor Who Weeping Angels

"Six Barbies, two cans of primer, two cans of Stone paint, four bags of feathers, less than half a yard of fabric, (a Dremel), miles of hot glue, and a shit-ton of patience." The result: Weeping Barbie Angels.
posted by DarlingBri on Jul 2, 2014 - 42 comments

MetaFilter For Her: Like MetaFilter, but pink!

Collectors Weekly, a resource for vintage and antique collectors, examines the gender politics of the Easy-Bake Oven, the toy industry’s gender divide, and why ordinary things go pink. (Don't miss the Dumbest Products Made 'For Her' slideshow at the bottom of the "pink" article.)
posted by Room 641-A on May 9, 2014 - 38 comments

Thrills, chills, spills and plastic carnage

Extreme Barbie Jeep Racing [more inside]
posted by 445supermag on Mar 23, 2014 - 15 comments


Barbie Dance Club! (1989) Barbie and her friends dance their way through this 30-minute video of cheesy '80s goodness. Featuring Duane!
posted by ultraviolet catastrophe on Jan 30, 2014 - 16 comments

Open the dreamhouse doors, Closet.

"This is a game in which a sentient closet-based AI locks four girls in a room (with giant metal barriers) because one of them smudged her make-up, and forces them to repeatedly apply lipstick and eyeliner to freakishly giant doll heads until he is satisfied. That’s not my arch interpretation of events. That’s what actually happens."
posted by griphus on Nov 29, 2013 - 99 comments

Looks Great (Duh)

"You might remember artist Nickolay Lamm for his work removing doll's makeup to show that they looked just as lovely without that extra layer. Now, as promised, he's created a "normal"-sized Barbie, made to show us more realistic proportions of American women." (also via)
posted by juliplease on Jul 3, 2013 - 49 comments


Jul!, a creative and delightfully disturbing animated advent calendar (some images possibly NSFW). Via.
posted by The Ardship of Cambry on Dec 14, 2012 - 5 comments

All dolled up, Nigerian style

Barbie and Ken's Traditional Nigerian Wedding
posted by infini on Aug 8, 2012 - 21 comments

Life In Plastic, It's Fantastic

Barbie Ma Muse Famous artworks recreated with Barbie. (NSFW - some nudity)
posted by fearfulsymmetry on Jan 25, 2012 - 7 comments

Todd Haynes' "Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story"

One of the more famous suppressed films of recent years is Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story, an early work by writer/director Todd Haynes (Safe, Velvet Goldmine, Far from Heaven). Filmed in 1987, the short film -- which relates the rise and fall of Karen Carpenter with a cast of Barbie dolls -- barely got a year's worth of festival time in 1989 before the twin iron boots of A&M Records and Richard Carpenter came down on Haynes.* [more inside]
posted by Trurl on Dec 31, 2011 - 29 comments

Cleaning is hard! Let's go shopping!

Barbie Trashes Her Dreamhouse is a series of photos of a Barbie-sized house, in which Barbie is a hoarder and the place is stuffed full of shopping bags, pizza boxes, newspapers, and other debris, all in realistic miniature form. It's the work of artist Carrie M. Becker, who has previously created somewhat neater scenes -- as well as some rather ominous. [more inside]
posted by litlnemo on Dec 29, 2011 - 30 comments

Is it organic?

Have a cup of coffee with David Lynch.
posted by vrakatar on Dec 9, 2011 - 30 comments

Sweet Scent of Freedom Sold Seperately

Some people have claimed that Barbie is really about giving girls the image of an empowered woman. There can be little doubt of empowerment when it comes to Black Moses Barbie - she fights for freedom and has all the coolest playsets and accessories.
posted by yeloson on Apr 3, 2011 - 9 comments

Catalogs of Horror

Christmas and Toy Catalogs: 1942-1992 (Warning: heinousness inside). But wait, there's more vintage Christmas advertising.
posted by bwg on Dec 19, 2010 - 35 comments

It's the sassiest camera money can buy.

A comparison between my two new cameras: The $1,800 Canon 7D versus the brand new $50 Barbie Video Girl... available in the girlie aisle of your local Toys R Us. [more inside]
posted by heyho on Aug 19, 2010 - 34 comments

You can't invent stuff like this

Jack Ryan was a rocket scientist who invented BarbieTM, Hot WheelsTM, and a thousand other things but is often remembered for having a a manic need for sexual gratification that included a pleasure mansion and a marriage to Zsa Zsa Gabor.
posted by twoleftfeet on Jun 13, 2010 - 36 comments

Geek chic

Meet Barbie the Computer Engineer... Barbie, the favorite of little girls everywhere, has been a teenage fashion model, concert pianist, astronaut and even a Miss America. But now there’s a new Barbie, with glasses and a Bluetooth earpiece, and boasting of being a computer engineer. Oh... and five things to make her more realistic.
posted by the_very_hungry_caterpillar on Feb 13, 2010 - 53 comments

"The birds attacked me but Hitch was scarier."

Tippi Hedren in make-up test stills for The Birds,*
posted by xod on Dec 29, 2009 - 36 comments

Plastic surgery

Barbie has cankles? So says designer Christian Louboutin. (via)
posted by mrgrimm on Oct 15, 2009 - 68 comments

Barbie's midlife crisis

While US sales declined steadily in recent years, worldwide Barbie sales have been on the rise. So what better way to celebrate Barbie's 50th birthday and increase worldwide sales than by giving her her very own flagship store in Shanghai [Flash, sound]. [more inside]
posted by mudpuppie on Mar 6, 2009 - 20 comments

Guess size doesn't matter.

Pink Barbie fishing rod hooks record-breaking 21 pound catfish.
posted by miss lynnster on Aug 23, 2008 - 34 comments

Girl fight

Barbie vs Bratz: Mattel sues MGA, claiming the Bratz designs were created by a Mattel employee and smuggled to its rival.
posted by Artw on May 5, 2008 - 40 comments

Life Readings the Barbie Way

Barbie Tarot.
posted by Orb on Jan 29, 2008 - 22 comments

I'm a Barbie girl, in a Barbie... electric chair

Barbie Doll Electric Chair Science Fair Project [more inside]
posted by patricio on Sep 18, 2007 - 21 comments

It's Tanner! The Coprophagic pup!

Barbie Recalled. Mattel recalled one of their Barbie products today, a sweet little toy to teach kids responsibility called Barbie and Tanner. But watching that commercial closely one must wonder, if those magnets are coming out of Tanner so easily, surely they won't stay in your kid. Perhaps the design flaw had nothing to do with magnets but rather such an ill-conceived product. So, after Tanner poops out the magnet, you do what with it?
posted by Toekneesan on Aug 14, 2007 - 75 comments

Digging in the Back Yard

A Polite Letter from the Smithsonian
posted by Stynxno on Apr 19, 2007 - 50 comments

all dolled up

Surreal Barbie and Ken jewelry art by Margaux Lange. Previously (but her work and site have evolved since then). While in China, voodoo dolls have been banned and immediately became a jewelry/accessory craze.
posted by nickyskye on Feb 6, 2007 - 20 comments

I've been toobed.

Once there was a band called Aqua. You probably know their song Barbie Girl. Apparently, a lot of other people know the song, and like it enough to make videos of themselves lip-synching to it. A lot of people. [a lot more and heavy youtube linkage inside]
posted by Ynoxas on Jun 16, 2006 - 67 comments

A short hop from (Klaus) Barbie to (Lynndie) England?

Barbarism begins with Barbie — the doll, that is. Research done at the University of Bath (UK) posits that prepubescents' pre-eminent plasticine plaything provokes disproportionate punishment. According to the study, which originally focused on the effects of branding on young consumers, the statuesque Mattel mini-miss seems to attract undue savagery. "The researchers had not intended to focus on Barbie, but they were taken aback by the rejection, hatred and violence she provoked when they asked the children about their feelings for the doll. Violence and torture against Barbie were repeatedly reported across age, school and gender. No other toy or brand name provoked such a negative response."
posted by rob511 on Dec 19, 2005 - 46 comments

Bling Bling Barbie

Bling Bling Barbie.
posted by swift on Oct 6, 2005 - 46 comments

This is so bad it hurts

Bluetooth Star Trek Barbie. She also has the bonus distinction of also being USB-enabled. [via]
posted by grateful on Aug 18, 2005 - 13 comments

Barbie Deconstructed

Breast brooches and butt bracelets: Barbie bits as jewelry. More here.
posted by Orb on Jun 20, 2005 - 22 comments

When The Barbie House is a Rockin'...

Barbie Pr0n. On this fine Sunday evening, I present to the fine folks of Metafilter the utter tastelessness, but strangely amusing images of Barbies doing the nasty. (NSFW)
posted by amandaudoff on Oct 17, 2004 - 26 comments

S&M Barbie

S&M Barbie... and S&M Barbie
posted by nathan_teske on Jul 13, 2004 - 9 comments

Better living through toys

Razanne, the Muslim alternative to this, this, this, or this
(Last link possibly NSFW?)
posted by magullo on Oct 9, 2003 - 21 comments

What, no Malibu Stacey Barbie?

Sure, Scarlett O'Hara Barbie is lovely, and yeah, Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz Barbie is cute, but for my money, it's hard to beat Marge Simpson Barbie, Medusa Barbie, or Dominatrix Barbie. The full collection, located here, clearly owes a debt to Todd Haynes, and the Barbie Liberation Army, but is still worth a chuckle.
posted by jonson on Jun 21, 2003 - 7 comments

Barbie Blogs

Barbie and her friends now have blogs. Seeing this seriously made me consider hanging my hat and going home. They even have webcams, to do lists, and little photo galleries. The corporate giants are working hard to pull girls in to technology - which is a really good thing. Too bad the latest posts are about buying mini-skirts and things like that.
posted by christine_bpc on Mar 15, 2003 - 14 comments

Helplessly Addicted to eBay Barbie!

Helplessly Addicted to eBay Barbie!
posted by bclark on Oct 23, 2002 - 10 comments

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