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Forum topic by Kiersten posted 1514 days ago 1307 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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1514 days ago

Hi everyone,

My daughter and husband came up with this idea and I think it’s fantastic! Barbie has a series of career dolls (Fashion Model, Computer Engineer, Dentist, Doctor, News Anchor) but NO Carpenter Barbie. We should change that!

I’ve written about it here on my blog if you want the back story or more info:

And/or you can just go straight to the Facebook Fan Page here: and join! And please pass the link along if you feel inclined! The more people the better chance we have of giving my daughter and millions of other girls a Carpenter Barbie!

-- Kiersten, Los Angeles,

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#1 posted 1514 days ago

This is such a great story, kids come up with the best stuff!
I have signed up Kiers!

let’s see how we can change the world! ...or at least the Barbie world!

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#2 posted 1513 days ago

Thanks, Darryl! I know, they really do come up with the best stuff. She’s so excited that there might be a carpenter Barbie. And then she said something about when it bends over to pick up wood, it would say, “The moon is out!” Clearly, I need some higher waist-ed jeans! :)

-- Kiersten, Los Angeles,

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#3 posted 1513 days ago

I think this is a very insightful concept. I suspect that Barbee has never become a carpenter because of the very clear workplace rolls which existed for men and women in the era where Barbee was created. Few women did such jobs as carpentry. Today it is still a suprise to find a woman working in the trades, but becoming more comon place. I have a friend who was an electrician in the Navy and is now working as a carpenter. She is trained as a teacher and a public health professional but took the carpentry job and now loves it. Women do all sorts of jobs today, why not Barbee too?

-- Terry Roswell, L.A. (Lower Alabama) "Life is what happens to you when you are making other plans."

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#4 posted 1513 days ago

I love the idea of eliminating gender discrimination…and letting girls from a very young age see women in roles that have not always been open to them in our society…

My only concern is with Barbie in general. Since I teach Psychology in high school and work with young women I also know that body image and eating disorders is a growing and deadly problem…unfortunately something that I think the shape of Barbie only perpetuates by modeling for young children what a women is supposed to look like…

Did you know that models today—-have bodies that only 2% of the worlds population can have NATURALLY…yet…100% of the images that young women (and men) are exposed to in all the media have these distorted body images…so the rest——98% believes their bodies are not good…

Of course this idea of Carpenter Barbie would not distort this any further===since it is not about body image…and Mattel is not going to easily get rid of Barbie…so I think the idea is great…

Good luck with it…


-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#5 posted 1513 days ago

Thanks, guys. And I couldn’t agree with you more Matt, about the shape of Barbie. Sadly, like you said, I’m not sure how much Mattel would budge on the physique but if it gets going and Mattel is interested, I’ll be sure to make a point about it.

I hope it takes off. Grace was sooooooooo flippin’ excited that there could actually be a Carpenter Barbie. Aside from that, I don’t think she realizes that what I do for a living isn’t any way, shape or form, out of the ordinary. I love that! Funny enough though, when I asked what she wanted to be when she grows up a couple weeks ago, she said Teacher. :) I said, “What happened to furniture designer?” “Nah…teacher.” :)

-- Kiersten, Los Angeles,

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#6 posted 1512 days ago

There already is a Carpenter Barbie, plays linebacker for the Cowboys

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#7 posted 1511 days ago

Funny, Rockmantis! I happen to be the daughter of a football coach. :)

-- Kiersten, Los Angeles,

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#8 posted 1511 days ago

Hi Kiersten,
Love the idea of a Carpenter Barbie… Can we dress her and name her after Norm Abram? We can put her in flanel shirts with a woodworking belt and call her “Normarbie” or “Normbie” lol
Of course, don’t forget the most important safety rule is to wear these “safety glasses” as Norm himself would say.
So, she’ll also need some safety glasses…
Hope the concept takes off… best of luck,

-- New Project = New Tool... it's just the way it is, don't fight it... :)

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