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Editorial: Living in Barbie world

Come on, Barbie, let’s go smash the patriarchy.

Greta Gerwig’s 2023 blockbuster hit “Barbie” has reached $1 billion at the box office after its release July 21. In the weeks since, crowds have flocked to theaters across the country donning pink from head to toe.

The film opens in a perfect place for the Barbies, where they rule the world, having taken on all major leadership positions and the Kens are “Just Ken.” As Stereotypical Barbie (Margot Robbie) and her Ken (Ryan Gosling) travel to the real world to figure out why she is malfunctioning, they soon learn that reality and Barbie Land are very different.

Robbie’s Barbie is horrified to learn that she did not make the impact on society that she thought she had after meeting human girl Sasha who has no problem telling her that Barbies have created impossible standards for women and girls since the toy line’s inception.

Barbie learns she can be whoever she wants to be and does not have to stay in her role as “Stereotypical...

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