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4/27/2006
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i remember this happening + now it's in a book (so there)
Thursday, April 27, 2006

› by victoria

Finally I found documentation to back up the story (and I must've seen it when I was 8 or 9 on TV, weird):

In '92, Mattel--then headed by a woman--got into it with women's groups when they introduced Teen Talk Barbie, who whined "Math class is tough." (Did Larry Summers program her?) She also chirped "I love shopping!" and "Will we ever have enough clothes?"

A group of feminists and parents calling themselves the "Barbie liberation organization" bought a bunch of Teen Talk Barbies and G.I. Joes and traded their audio circuitry. Their newly engineered G.I. Jane Barbie growled "Eat Lead, Cobra!" and "Dead men tell no lies."

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pg. 209 of "Are Men Necessary? by Maureen Dowd

I love the idea of gender barrier breaking G.I. Joes.

Another thing I truly enjoy: that instant oatmeal with the little dinosaur eggs that "hatch" when you pour hot water on them. Cutest breakfast ever! I thought they were deliciously sugary too. Biff didn't like the miniature crunchy dinosaur pebbles tho.



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