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TV reporter Barbie is dressed for sexual harassment controversy

September 22, 2010 - 12:15 PM
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Barbie likes journalism, pink, in that order (via Mattel)

Has there ever been a more opportune time for Mattel to roll out its television reporter Barbie? Months before sports reporter Ines Sainz' plunging necklines inspired commentators to dismiss her as a sexy ditz undeserving of basic human decency, oddly prescient girls from around the world voted for another lanky blond to take up "news anchor" as her latest career accomplishment.

Journo Barbie comes equipped with a microphone, notebook, television camera—and an outfit that will surely conveniently push the blame onto her whenever Ken sexually harasses her on the job!

Barbie's suit coat is sparkling, her pink satin skirt hits above the knee, and her black stilletos are adorned with tiny bows, ensuring that no matter how competent a journalist she is, critics will point to Barbie's feminine styling and sexually suggestive tip-toed stance in their attempts to undermine her reporting. Nevermind that Barbie's resume includes stints as a registered nurse, surgeon, Olympic Gold Medalist, Presidential candidate, and astronaut—girls should know that real reporters get their credentials by meeting an arbitrarily masculine standard of dress at all times.

The doll's tagline: "A flair for journalism–and power pink!" As if any woman could manage to both hold a job and maintain an interest in a feminine color scheme at the same time.

TV anchor Barbie is available come December. Alternate outfit: A post-shaming cardboard box.

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  1. Kim Ha Kim Ha

    Kim Ha

    Sep 23, 2010 - 11:32:17 AM

    i hate the color pink.

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    • Amanda Hess Amanda Hess

      Amanda Hess

      Sep 23, 2010 - 02:51:18 PM

      Then you will make it in this business.

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