Series: Playing Barbies

Barbie, Or How I Learned to Tell Stories

Welcome to WWAC Game Section’s summer Barbie series. These months are often the time that children are free from commitments, away from their friends, and ready to let their imaginations take over. For many of us that meant playing with Barbies, and over the next few weeks you’ll see the many different ways Barbies affected us. Enjoy! I like to consider myself a writer. My novel is still a work in progress and I’ve received more rejections than not, but I am still a writer. I feel compelled to tell stories and want to share them with the world....

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History of Barbie: A Visual in Pink

Welcome to WWAC Game Section’s summer Barbie series. These months are often the time that children are free from commitments, away from their friends, and ready to let their imaginations take over. For many of us that meant playing with Barbies, and over the next few weeks you’ll see the many different ways Barbies affected us....

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Come on, Barbie! Let’s Geeky Party!

Welcome to WWAC Game Section’s summer Barbie series. These months are often the time that children are free from commitments, away from their friends, and ready to let their imaginations take over. For many of us that meant playing with Barbies, and over the next few weeks you’ll see the many different ways Barbies affected us. Enjoy! I’ve never been much of a Barbie-ist. As a child, I was more excited by trying to capture the tiny flying hamburger that I was convinced lived in our apartment complex. All of my Barbie dolls were gifts or prizes, and my...

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So Take My Hand, Or Take My Key: Barbie, Jill Valentine, and What the Gamer Knows

Welcome to WWAC Game Section’s summer Barbie series. These months are often the time that children are free from commitments, away from their friends, and ready to let their imaginations take over. For many of us that meant playing with Barbies, and over the next few weeks you’ll see the many different ways Barbies affected us. Enjoy! Whenever I talk about Barbies (whenever I talk about glamour) I circle around to one point: an enduring grudge of my life. My co-conversants either immediately understand and jump to sympathetic overtures, or they don’t at all, and when I explain, they...

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Did You Love Your Barbie? A Conversation

Welcome to WWAC Game Section’s summer Barbie series. These months are often the time that children are free from commitments, away from their friends, and ready to let their imaginations take over. For many of us that meant playing with Barbies, and over the next few weeks you’ll see the many different ways Barbies affected us.  This installation is a conversation about what it means to “Play with Barbies.” So far this month: Paige taught us about the history of Barbie, Jenny discovered all of the geeky Barbie designs, Christa told us how Barbies helped her become a writer,...

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