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

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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:

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“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:

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