Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation
Top

Watch what happens when the new talking Barbie is asked about feminism

rexfeatures_3705275a.jpg

For too long, Barbie has been accused of being an icon of submissive femininity, a passive, plastic image of womanhood that serves only to teach little girls about the importance of a svelte physique, and impossibly glossy hair.

Not anymore.

Now Barbie speaks back, and what an empowered woman she has become. The new interactive Hello Barbie does not just spout out pre-recorded catch-phrases, she is designed to communicate fully with owners.

The high-tech, wifi-enabled doll hears the questions, which are then run through a speech recognition software, before selecting one of over eight thousand responses.

In a bid to discover what pearls of wisdom Barbie might have up her sleeve, Buzzfeed decided to ask her some questions about feminism (surely, at almost 57 years old and having lived through two waves of feminism and seen the birth of the fourth wave, she’s got something to say?)

Here are some choice snippets from the conversation:

barbie

Here Barbie is supporting the #FreeTheNipple campaign

“Do you think that women can have it all?”

“Which breakfast did you say?” (Here, Barbie’s extreme diet is finally exposed).

“How do you feel about the wage gap?”

“I love it!” (We love it, too, Barbie. We love our 80p to the pound.)

“Do you know what second-wave feminism is?”

“Well cereal sounds delicious.” (Sure)

“How do you feel about the fact that we’ve never had a female president?”

“Not even a teensy weensie eensie bit.” (She’s clearly a Republican)

You can watch the full conversation in the video below:

Related

bikini body.jpg

The fearless feminists of 2015

Sheryl Sandber.jpg

Sheryl Sandberg reveals the two career quotes she lives by

reese witherspoon.jpg

Reese Witherspoon signs onto Barbie film

freethenipple.jpg

The top 15 feminist hashtags of 2015

barbie-boy-advert.jpg

New Barbie advert features boy playing with doll for the first time

hipster barbie.JPG

'My work here is done.' Hipster Barbie parody account quits Instagram

Period Party 5.jpg

The Lammily doll now comes with Period Party sanitary towels

Screen Shot 2015-10-16 at 11.19.14.png

Has Barbie finally found a way to empower a new generation of women?

fridakahlo.png

Meet the artist transforming Bratz dolls into feminist icons

Comments

More

Muslim witness of Westminster attack responds to Islamophobic trolls

A picture of the woman walking on Westminster Bridge has been shared widely

by Nicola Colyer
24 Mar 2017

Bright, beautiful and bold Easter cake inspiration

Stylish bake ideas to nick and claim as your own

by Amy Swales
24 Mar 2017

An Avengers-style Disney princesses film could be in the works

24 Mar 2017

All the new emojis set to light up our keyboards

From breastfeeding to broccoli

24 Mar 2017

There's a sex side-effect which benefits you for 48 hours, study finds

It's all about what's known as the sex "afterglow".

by Hayley Spencer
24 Mar 2017

This is how much the houses in Big Little Lies cost

Spoiler: they're VERY expensive.

by Hayley Spencer
23 Mar 2017

Scientists reveal why you need to stop flaking on plans with friends

Don't flake it 'til you make it

by Kayleigh Dray
23 Mar 2017

Revealed: the number one reason that women break up with their partner

The truth hurts

23 Mar 2017

Been zombied? There’s now a name for this confusing dating behaviour

It's time to talk about the zombies of the dating world...

23 Mar 2017

10 female anthems to share with your mum this Mother's Day

The most moving anthems about motherhood by our favourite female artists.

by Alice Vincent
23 Mar 2017