Friday, December 23, 2005

Barbie, Torture, Kill

I just keep seeing one heartwarming holiday story after another (this time, courtesy of Francis Cermak).

Did you notice the phrase "heartwarming holiday," where I used the consonant "H" at the beginning of each word? That's called "alliteration," and all the real pros use it, at least according to Chapter Three of The Compendium of Professional Writing Tips for People Who Are Not Professional Writers, Because Professional Writers Already Know About Them, Vol. 4.

So take a look at this
Researchers Find Barbie Is Often Mutilated
..."The girls we spoke to see Barbie torture as a legitimate play activity, and see the torture as a 'cool' activity," said Agnes Nairn, one of the University of Bath researchers. "The types of mutilation are varied and creative, and range from removing the hair to decapitation, burning, breaking and even microwaving."

Yes, I know--the girls have issued a press release where they deny that what they do is "torture." Don't think I wasn't tempted to get on that horse and ride it into the sunset.

They left out boiling, by the way. I'm pretty sure that happens, not that I'd know anything about that.

Here's another interesting excerpt:
Researchers from the university's marketing and psychology departments questioned 100 children about their attitudes to a range of products as part of a study on branding. They found Barbie provoked the strongest reaction, with youngsters reporting "rejection, hatred and violence," Nairn said.

Actually, I really do find it kind of heartwarming that children have a tremendous dislike of Barbie, because does any toy represent women in a more one-dimensional, shallow, appearance focused way than Barbie?

Open up the microwave. Let's get this party started.

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