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Barbie is an American icon. But Barbie becomes a problem when the adult fantasy collides with the child's fantasy. All that misplaced Barbie angst of our youth, all the childhood conditioning, and the adult results are revealed at last in Mondo Barbie.


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Barbie is an American icon. But Barbie becomes a problem when the adult fantasy collides with the child's fantasy. All that misplaced Barbie angst of our youth, all the childhood conditioning, and the adult results are revealed at last in Mondo Barbie.

30 review for Mondo Barbie: An Anthology of Fiction & Poetry

  1. 5 out of 5

    Nicole G.

    A pop-culture anthology regarding everyone's favorite doll to revile, Barbie. Some of these stories were hilariously twisted. I had Barbies growing up, and I wasn't very keen on them. I had an aunt who meant well and kept buying me Barbie paraphernalia long after it had even a remote sort of appeal. Her plasticky, forever-blonde hair and ridiculously slanted feet were always a thorn in my side.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Erik Graff

    Someone must have given this to me. It's not something I'd normally look twice at. In any case, I read it and found it enormously amusing. Indicative of the impact that this book has had on the life of my family, the study of it inspired me to recommend to my niece that her Barbies be routinely disciplined. Seeing the wisdom of this advice, such a policy was immediately adopted. See the Kirkus review appended.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Elise Barker

    I received Mondo Barbie from a friend many years ago, and would pick it up every so often and read a story or poem in isolation but never sat down and dug into it. A week ago my kids found it and were looking at the cover and unique pink paper. I picked it up off the ground and read a single story idly while the kids played, as I always had before. But I found myself drawn to it more intensely than in the past and kept reading and reading, despite having three or four other books on my "currentl I received Mondo Barbie from a friend many years ago, and would pick it up every so often and read a story or poem in isolation but never sat down and dug into it. A week ago my kids found it and were looking at the cover and unique pink paper. I picked it up off the ground and read a single story idly while the kids played, as I always had before. But I found myself drawn to it more intensely than in the past and kept reading and reading, despite having three or four other books on my "currently reading" shelf. These pieces show how warped and contradictory Barbie is and how warped and contradictory childhood is. Childhood innocence is skewered by the disturbing reality of violence, sadness, awareness, perversion, sexuality etc. Barbie is both sexualized (huge boobs, sex symbol) and asexual (no nipples or genitals). She is purported to be fake or inauthentic while she also is the nexus around which intense, formative, "real" moments occur. She is both generic and irreplaceable. She's so strange and so commonplace. She is beautiful and uncanny. It is all terribly fascinating. I think my favorite is "The Barbie Murders" although I'm not sure it would have been as good had I not been primed by the themes in all the other stories. It has a lot to say about conformity as the "Barbie-impetus" rather than beauty, sexuality, or status. So interesting. So disturbing. Some spoilers: Her relationship with Ken is frequently satirized in this collection in bizarre ways but my favorite treatment of it is "Barbie Comes Out," in which Ken is trans and they are in a lesbian relationship together. In that one, Barbie slowly becomes less and less like a creepy, stiff automaton and more and more human. It has a memorable moment when her makeup becomes smudged and her whole face smears off!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jacob

    Interesting concept but the works themselves are very hit-or-miss. On one hand you have brilliant commentary on the impact Barbie had on society and beauty standards, but the other hand features only a boy cumming on a doll.

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  12. 4 out of 5

    Nancy Colasurdo

  13. 4 out of 5

    Isai Deloera

  14. 4 out of 5

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  15. 5 out of 5

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    hali salome

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    Kim

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    Samantha Lewis

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    Heather Penwell

  27. 4 out of 5

    Velma

  28. 5 out of 5

    Kimmy

  29. 5 out of 5

    theinfamousm

  30. 5 out of 5

    Lipi

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