GREAT NEWS! WAFER WIDE MOONCALF PLASTIC PRINCESS Barbie is back to annoy the science and technology industry with another themed 'role'.
This time the vacant clothes hanger is an engineer, and boy can she, um, engine. Mattel, which we think makes Barbie as preposterously thin as possible in order to save plastic, regularly pops up with a representative Barbie and often gets to see the blonde numbskull mocked.
Last time we met Barbie she was a games designer who couldn't do anything without calling on a fella, this time she is an engineer who can fix washing machines and make shoe racks.
It was engineers who designed the toilets on the International Space Station and they probably fix washing machines in their sleep.
At least one female journalist has taken exception to engineer Barbie, and she works for the Guardian. If Barbie worked for the Guardian she would probably be employed to sprinkle kale on cous cous, and she wouldn't be mates with the paper's Laura Bates.
Bates has written a rather stinging take on Barbie, tracing back her offensive attempts to alienate women to some previous sets that have included advice to young ladies "not to eat" and have features sets including weighing scales stuck at an unachievable and unhealthy weight for anyone, let alone a full grown blonde clothes horse.
"Step forward 'engineering Barbie', a doll designed to encourage girls into a field in which women are enormously underrepresented," she said.
"So far, so good. Except the products that engineering Barbie encourages girls to build are limited almost entirely to the realm of fashion and household chores: dresses, a moving clothes rack and a washing machine. And, yes, they are all pink.
"Created by toy company Thames and Kosmos, the Barbie STEM kit (it stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) also offers girls age from four to eight the opportunity to build a jewellery holder and a shoe rack."
The Barbie STEM kit has already picked up an award, and Thames and Kosmos, which made the stupid cow for the Barbie signature series, says that science and Barbie combine to save a charity night for a pet foundation from going wrong. It is unclear how she does that.
We would assume that it would be by having nothing to do with the event at all, but expect that this is not the case. From the blur, it looks like she does pretty style things, along with a friend of hers, called Nikki. "Science saves the day," it says.
"The Annual Animal Shelter Gala is just hours away! Help Barbie and Nikki prepare for the party as you learn important STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) skills. The full-color storybook manual guides your journey through seven building projects and more than seven experiments," it explains.
"Build a spinning closet rack, washing machine, jewellery holder, hammock, dress designer platform, shoe rack, and greenhouse with fan. Make a chromatography dress, leaf-print dress, and optical illusion origami dresses." We won't bother thanks.
If there are any young ladies reading who are interested in STEM and engineering we would recommend a Raspberry Pi or equivalent. Not this poisoned harpy. µ
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