Lorna Scott Fox, 20 July 1995
Show More Barbie’s Queer Accessories by Erica Rand.
Duke, 213 pp., £43.50, July 1995, 0 8223 1604 8Show More
The Art of Barbie: Artists Celebrate the World’s Favourite Doll edited by Craig Yoe.
Workman, 149 pp., £14.99, October 1994, 1 56305 751 4Show More
“... Barbie can be anything you want her (yourself) to be!’ Thus the sales pitch for a plastic toy that in most people’s minds simply represents the essence of bimbo-ness. But what if the big hair and tacky costumes were actually vehicles of patriarchal and racial hegemony, while also enabling a potentially subversive network of reappropriative authorial narratives? Investigations like Barbie’s Queer Accessories defy you to giggle as they unfold with Monty Pythonesque obliviousness to the gulf between high-minded scrutiny and its silly object ...”