Life In Plastic – Is Barbie (and Her Values) Still Relevant?

A Barbie film is slated to be released in 2020 and will be produced by and star Margot Robbie. Robbie has stated that Barbie “promotes confidence, curiosity and communication.” However, some have said that the film is unnecessary and the values that the doll promotes are outdated and harmful.

Professor Catharine Lumby from the Department of Media, Music, Communication and Cultural Studies at Macquarie University spoke with us to offer multiple perspectives on Barbie’s influence on body image.


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