Happy birthday Barbie
Barbie Millicent Rogers (yep, that's her full name) turned 59 on March 9th.
Initially the experts said Barbie was a bad idea, she'd be too expensive to produce, with no long term appeal. Typical.
Every single second, two Barbies are sold. In fact, placed head to toe, the number of Barbies sold would circle the earth 7 times. And thanks to Barbie's love of fashion, Mattel has become the biggest garment manufacturer in the world.
Of course a lot has been written about how she influences culture, and little girls in particular. Critics always seem to focus on Barbie's unrealistic proportions or the innocence she embodies. Ha! Innocence. What no one seems to acknowledge is how much Barbie loves sex, with other Barbies, with Ken, with stuffed animals. Is there a little girl who DIDN'T channel her confused hormones through Barbie's bendable legs?