Things about Barbie you only notice as an adult
Do you remember picking out your first Barbie? There was so much excitement standing in the Barbie aisle of the toy store: scrutinizing each doll, reading the front and back of the bright pink rectangular box that housed her, and — after presenting your convincing argument to your mother — placing Barbie in the shopping cart.
When you were young, you probably were not aware of the scrutiny the Barbie doll and her creator, Ruth Handler, received. Many parents objected to the doll and, despite becoming a very successful toy in the end, was heavily criticized by feminists, among others.
Responding to the backlash, Handler said in an interview with Lilith Magazine, "I understood the need of little girls to project themselves into their dreams." Handler also added, "The fact that Barbie is so loved speaks for itself."
Does it, though? Here are some things you may not have noticed until long after you stopped playing with Barbies.