Sexist Barbie Says ‘I Can Be…A Computer Engineeer’ – But Only If The Boys Do All The Work
WHAT can Babie be? Well, if you melt her down, she could be doorstop, a martial aid part of South Korean car’s dashboard. But to Martel, Babrie can be anything.
Barbie Can Be…A Computer Engineeer.
Live the dream, Barbie! And dig those glasses. You sure must have smarts to wear bins like those.
At breakfast one morning, Barbie is already hard at work on her laptop.
“What are you doing, Barbie?” asks Skipper.
“I’m designing a game that shows kids how computers work,” explains Barbie. “You can make a robot puppy do cute tricks by matching up colored blocks!”
“Your robot puppy is so sweet,” says Skipper. “Can I play your game?”
“I’m only creating the design ideas,” Barbie says, laughing. “I’ll need Steven and Brian’s help to turn it into a real game!”
“May I borrow your laptop, Skipper?” asks Barbie as she follows her little sister into her bedroom.
“I really should finish my homework assignment. I am writing about a person I admire,” says Skipper.
“I only need it for a minute,” adds Barbie.
“Okay,” says Skipper.
When Barbie puts her flash drive into Skipper’s laptop, the screen starts blinking.
“Oh, no!” says Barbie. “The virus must be on the flash drive!”
“I forgot to back up my homework assignment!” cries Skipper. “And all my music files are lost, too!”
“I’m so sorry, Skipper,” says Barbie. “I have to run off to school now. But I promise to find a way to fix your laptop.”
“You better!” Skipper replies as she playfully hits Barbie with a pillow.
After class, Barbie meets with Steven and Brian in the library.
“Hi, guys,” says Barbie. “I tried to send you my designs, but I ended up crashing my laptop — and Skipper’s too! I need to get back the lost files and repair both of our laptops.”
“It will go faster if Brian and I help,” offers Steven.
“Great!” says Barbie. “Steven, can you hook Skipper’s hard drive up to the library’s computer?”
“Sure!” says Steven. “The library computer has excellent security software to protect it.”
The next morning, Barbie gives her sister a big surprise. Skipper turns on her laptop– and it works!
“My lost assignment!” cries Skipper. “You are just too cool, Barbie! You fixed my computer AND saved my homework!”
Skipper gives Barbie a huge hug.
At school, Skipper presents her assignment to the class.
“Hi, everybody,” she says. “The person I admire most is Barbie — a great sister and a great computer engineer!”
Everyone is impressed by Skipper’s presentation.
At computer class, Barbie presents the game she designed. Ms. Smith is so impressed that she gives Barbie extra credit!
Barbie’s terrific computer skills have saved the day for both sisters!
“I guess I can be a computer engineer!” says Barbie happily.
Pamela Ribon concludes the lesson we have learnt from Barbie:
Despite having ruined her own laptop, her sister’s laptop, and the library’s computers, not to mention Steven and Brian’s afternoon, she takes full credit for her game design– only to get extra credit and decide she’s an awesome computer engineer! “I did it all by myself!”
Flip the book and you can read “Barbie: I can be an Actress,” where Barbie saves the day by filling in for the princess in Skipper’s school production of “Princess and the Pea.” She ad-libs and smiles her way through her lines, and charms the entire audience. Standing ovation, plenty of praise. At no point did she need anybody’s help. She didn’t even need lines! Just standing there being Barbie was enough for everyone in attendance. See, actors? It’s not that hard. Even Barbie can do it.