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Dolled up or working, Barbie crushes girls' career dreams, study says
Dolled up or working, Barbie crushes girls' career dreams, study says

In a psychology lab at Oregon State University, 37 girls ages 4 to 7 have finally demonstrated what feminists have long warned: that playing with Barbie dolls drives home cultural stereotypes about a woman's place and suppresses a little girl's career ambitions. But here's an unexpected, though preliminary, finding: Playing with Mrs. Potato Head, by contrast, appears to have the effect of attending a "Lean In" circle on little girls. After spending just five minutes with Jane Potato-Head, girls believed they could grow up to do pretty much anything a boy could do. This small but telling experiment, published Wednesday in the journal Sex Roles, probably will do...

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