Forever Barbie by M. G. Lord
The Unauthorized Biography of a Real Doll

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Since Barbie's introduction in 1959, her impact on baby boomers has been revolutionary. Far from being a toy designed by men to enslave women, she was a toy invented by women to teach women what-- for better or worse-- was expected of them. In telling Barbie's fascinating story, cultural critic and investigative journalist M. G. Lord, herself a first-generation Barbie owner, has written a provocative, zany, occasionally shocking book that will change how you look at the doll and the world.

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M.G. Lord is a celebrated cultural critic and investigative journalist, and the author of Forever Barbie and Astro Turf. Since 1995 she has been a regular contributor to the New York Times Book Review and the Times's Arts & Leisure section. Her work has appeared in numerous publications, including The New Yorker, Vogue, the Wall Street Journal, and ArtForum. Before becoming a freelance writer, Lord was a syndicated political cartoonist and a columnist for Newsday. She teaches at the University of Southern California and lives in Los Angeles.
Published May 26, 2009 by Walker Books. 336 pages
Genres: History, Crafts, Hobbies & Home, Professional & Technical, Biographies & Memoirs, Political & Social Sciences, Religion & Spirituality, Law & Philosophy. Non-fiction

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Lord's account covers two aspects of Barbie's nature: ``doll-as- physical-object'' and ``doll-as-invented-personality.'' The story of Barbie as physical object is a coming-of-age story involving the rise (thanks to entrepreneurial chutzpah) and fall (resulting from SEC violations) of Barbie's inv...

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This history of a controversial and inanimate American icon offers a wide range of opinion and anecdote on the role Barbie has played in defining gender in American life.

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A Barbie apologist and former columnist for New York Newsday, Lord examines Barbie's ideological pros and cons, tracking her commercial and sociological evolution and interviewing numerous Barbie collectors, impersonators, and even mutilators (RuPaul, for one, gave his Barbie a mastectomy).

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However, during the reading, writing, and reviewing of Barbie's Queer Accessories and Forever Barbie, I did, quite unexpectedly, acquire a Barbie story.

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