The Other Side of Barbie

Bawdy Barbies draw interest, ire

By PAT BEALL
Palm Beach Staff Writer
Monday, December 10, 2007

“The girl’s gone wild.

Just under the retail radar, Barbie tries on black silk bustiers and garters, red kewpie-doll lips and dollops of mauve eye shadow. She dons tartan knickers to take tea “en suite” and black fishnet stockings when working as a French maid.

She comes in half a dozen lingerie-only versions, part of Mattel’s adults-only Barbie Fashion Model Collection.

“They’re so sleazy it takes my breath away,” says M.G. Lord, author of Forever Barbie: The Unauthorized Biography of a Real Doll. A recognized authority on the iconic toy, Lord says, “These are the 1950s sexual fantasies of middle-aged men. The nurse, the French maid, that creepy Asian fantasy doll. And there is definitely something going on with the riding boot and that little whip.”

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