UK professor discusses how ‘Barbie’ is redefined

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – The new “Barbie” movie is stirring up conversations across the nation, and offering new perspective to children and adults who’ve grown up with the doll.

The definition of Barbie is being redefined. The new era Barbie speaks to the issues of women of all races and ability. A University of Kentucky professor says the film is offering a unique lens to viewers and challenging the ideas of beauty, gender and status.

“Issa Rae, who plays President Barbie in the movie, she talks about how she chose to be president Barbie for that example for other black girls who are seeing it for the first time and wondering you know can I be a president is that something I want to do? even that example is something that I think black woman are invested in and so it makes you want to be invested because that is a part of the kind of collective struggle for definition and representation,” says Aria Halliday an Associate Professor of Gender, Women, and Studies.

Halliday says that the Barbie takeover has given new meaning to what she had previously thought of the Barbie doll. Barbie’s possibility of representing women of all races and differences is empowering and inspiring so many woman along the way.

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