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Feminist Hacker Barbie Is Just What Our Little Girls Need

There’s an illustrated book called “Barbie: I Can be a Computer Engineer,” and everyone we know hated it.

Packed with “Over 50 Stickers!,” it dreams up a computer engineering version of Barbie who seems better at taking praise for other people’s work than doing any actual coding. It prompted some serious outrage on the net this week because Barbie the computer engineer says things like “I’m only creating the design ideas” and “I’ll need Steven’s and Brian’s help to turn it into a game.” She also infects her sister’s computer, leans on these two guy friends to fix the problem, and then takes credit for their work. Bad Barbie!

Says blogger Pamela Ribon: “It’s a perfect example of the way women and girls are perceived to ‘understand’ the tech world, and how frustrating it can be when nobody believes this is how we’re treated.”

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