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Barbie Whores for Baby

My neice’s birthday is coming up, and so I decided to head on over to Amazon to get some ideas on what I should get her (she’s in kindergarten). It did not take long for me to discover a rather glamourous Barbie Doll of the World. Representing France, here’s Can Can Barbie:

Can Can Barbie... shes worldly

Can Can Barbie... she's worldly

The can can, or can-can (cancan), is a chorus dance made popular in the dancehalls of Montparnasse, Paris. Moulin Rouge, Folles Berger, that kind of stuff. You saw it if you watched the popular movie Moulin Rouge! by Baz Lurhmann or the old Shop-Rite cancan commercials of the 1970’s and 1980’s here in the United States.

A violent dance where women would lift up their petticoats to show off their bloomers, the can-can was oft danced by, well, whores enticing men to rent them for the night. That’s really the nature of the dance: sex for money.

Certainly these dolls are meant not for children ages 5 to 7 as Amazon is selling them. They have to be more for the adult collector, right? I mean, after all, what adult would want to get their child a hooker in stilletos like the Barbie above?

I wonder if there’s a Ken john available to compliment this doll.

I didn’t actually have Barbie when I was a child. My mother did try to get me on the doll thing briefly. She purchased a set of Sunshine Family stuff for me. They were the hippy dolls of the 70’s, and I think you could even grow pot in the laminated cardboard house that you got with it. I never played with it. It gathered dust and eventually went somewhere else once Star Wars came out and I got all sorts of cool action figures like R2-D2 and the 6″ Luke and Leia action dolls.

Okay, I lied. I did get one Barbie doll, but it was Ken. The Ken where you could draw facial hair on him. That was neat, because you could draw a beard on him and be literal in that gay way of his.

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  1. Auz
    29 March 2009 at 12:12 pm

    “That’s really the nature of the dance: sex for money.”

    Not according to teh Wiki.

    • 29 March 2009 at 4:48 pm

      the wiki is written by a bunch of hentai-watching virgins 😀

  2. Speranza
    29 March 2009 at 3:45 pm

    How does this have anything to do with gaming?

    • 29 March 2009 at 4:53 pm

      ah hah!

      toys are objects of play. objects of play and games are extremely similar in that they both engage the participant in magic circles.

      The magic circle is a concept from Johan Huizinga’s Homo Ludens. It’s a theoretical place where trust is developed and behaviors related to play and enabled while playing.

      So the blog isn’t just about games, game design and gaming, but also toys and theory.

      • Speranza
        29 March 2009 at 5:00 pm

        OK I’ll accept that rational. Although, you blogged about the social aspect of a whore Barbie doll, and not about playing/gaming with a whore doll.

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