Sunday, November 23, 2014

With a little help from her (male) friends

I Can Be A Computer Engineer? I'm not sure about that, Barbie, given that you don't appear able to code or even reboot your computer, reliant on male colleagues to bail you out. Author Susan Marenco has offered a partial explanation, claiming she was asked to write a book about Barbie as a designer rather than an engineer, while custodians of the Barbie brand Mattel have failed to give anything approaching a convincing defence, arguing that the book "doesn’t reflect the Brand’s vision for what Barbie stands for". Feminist Hacker Barbie gives you the opportunity to rewrite the book with a less sexist slant.

(Thanks to Mhairi and Simon for the links.)

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