Friday, September 26, 2008

More Controversial Art...

Artist Nina Westerberg has made a "Teen Pregnancy Barbie," which is a "multimedia art project" that surely was intended to address ideas of objectification, societal exploitation and growing up too fast.

Thing is, Barbie art just doesn't feel very provocative anymore.... it's like Madonna showing me her boob. Big deal. Who hasn't heard about, "If Barbie were a real woman, she would have a 19" waist." It's like, it's been so long since we've actually seen a Barbie in a non-ironic context that it's kind of lost its punch. The fact that this could totally be a real doll probably says a lot about our society, I'll give it that. Movies like Juno, shows like the "Secret Lives of Teenagers" have brought the whole issue to the forefront, and of course Spears and Palin's teenage pregnancies have really brought this issue to our attention.

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