Growing Up Girls: Popular Culture and the Construction of Identity

By Sharon R. Mazzarella; Norma Odom Pecora | Go to book overview

Chapter 1
Educating Barbie

Lana F. Rakow and Caitlin S. Rakow

The following is a conversation between us, Lana Rakow, fortyfive, and daughter Caitlin Rakow, ten, about Barbie Culture and how girls feel about Barbie. Not all girls want Barbies or think they are good for girls to play with.

LANA: Do you remember when you got your first Barbie? What do you remember about Barbies that you had?

CAITLIN: They were always dressed in stupid pink, short miniskirts stuff. Dumb things.

LANA: Do you remember having a lot of them?

CAITLIN: No. I always had like maybe four.

LANA: Do you know that I didn't want to buy you a Barbie ever? Do you know how you got your first Barbie?

CAITLIN: I think the first Barbie was Gymnast Barbie.

LANA: Yeah, and do you know who gave it to you?

CAITLIN: Dad. It was when we were moving. There was nothing left at home to play with so we went out to Toys R Us, and I wanted to buy a Barbie because I never had one before.

LANA: You had a Barbie before that.

CAITLIN: I did?

LANA: You got your first Barbie for your third birthday.

CAITLIN: From Grandma.

LANA: Well, it could've been Grandma. I can't remember, or it was, maybe Patrick, one of your friends from preschool. Somebody gave it to you and how do you think I felt?

CAITLIN: Like loooook. . . we'll just be throwing this in the trash now. (laughs)

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