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Germany: Feminists blame Barbie for babe culture00:44

Germany: Feminists blame Barbie for babe culture

Germany, Berlin
May 16, 2013 at 15:05 GMT +00:00 · Published

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Germany: Feminists blame Barbie for babes

A life-size Barbie Dreamhouse opened its doors to the public of Berlin on Thursday. The Dreamhouse can be explored by young fans for €15. Fans can walk around 2,500 square metres of the Dreamhouse, try on clothes, bake cakes and strut their stuff along her cat walk. It has been described by organisers as a "unique, lifesize and interactive installation that brings the world famous Barbie toy house alive."

However, the Dreamhouse incited as much as it excited, attracting many critics since the announcement of it's opening - culminating with a move to "occupy Barbie-Dreamhouse". The opposition, which references the Occupy movement that began in 2011, is an off-shoot of the German "Die Linke" political party and has attracted over 2000 supporters and manifested with a protest that began in Alexanderplatz and ended at the Dreamhouse.

Police officers were deployed to guard the house in anticipation of protests as hundreds marched on the building. The German wing of the protest group 'Pinkstinks', a group that campaigns against the "damaging messages that bombard girls through toys," has suggested that the reason why the movement has emerged is because of the negative image that the Barbie brand projects about and towards women. The activists have called the Barbie brand "sexist propaganda" and have said that they are protesting against "pink mush and stereotypes" that they associate with the brand.

The Dreamhouse is set to do a European tour after it's Berlin debut and will move to other cities starting at the end of August. The world's first Barbie Dreamhouse opened it's doors in Florida earlier this month.

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Germany: Feminists blame Barbie for babes

A life-size Barbie Dreamhouse opened its doors to the public of Berlin on Thursday. The Dreamhouse can be explored by young fans for €15. Fans can walk around 2,500 square metres of the Dreamhouse, try on clothes, bake cakes and strut their stuff along her cat walk. It has been described by organisers as a "unique, lifesize and interactive installation that brings the world famous Barbie toy house alive."

However, the Dreamhouse incited as much as it excited, attracting many critics since the announcement of it's opening - culminating with a move to "occupy Barbie-Dreamhouse". The opposition, which references the Occupy movement that began in 2011, is an off-shoot of the German "Die Linke" political party and has attracted over 2000 supporters and manifested with a protest that began in Alexanderplatz and ended at the Dreamhouse.

Police officers were deployed to guard the house in anticipation of protests as hundreds marched on the building. The German wing of the protest group 'Pinkstinks', a group that campaigns against the "damaging messages that bombard girls through toys," has suggested that the reason why the movement has emerged is because of the negative image that the Barbie brand projects about and towards women. The activists have called the Barbie brand "sexist propaganda" and have said that they are protesting against "pink mush and stereotypes" that they associate with the brand.

The Dreamhouse is set to do a European tour after it's Berlin debut and will move to other cities starting at the end of August. The world's first Barbie Dreamhouse opened it's doors in Florida earlier this month.