77. Barbie: Getting Out of the Box


Betsy and Kate discuss their impressions of the Barbie movie, some Barbie history, and the empowerment of modern women in a patriarchal society. They highlight some powerful quotes and themes from the movie and how it resonated with them.  They also welcome some much younger guests (3 tweens ages 10 and 11) to share their impressions and inspirations.

In this episode we discuss:
  • The recently released Barbie movie and its exploration of themes around patriarchy and redefining femininity.
  • The historical context of the creation of Barbie by a woman, co-founder of Mattell, Ruth Handler in 1959.
  • Several themes from the movie that we’ve been talking about routinely on this podcast: 
    • Why it’s impossible to be a woman in a patriarchal society
    • Getting out of the box
    • The importance (and sometimes challenge) of really feeling your feelings
  • We bravely bring on 3 “tweens” (Betsy’s daughter and her friends) and ask them their impressions of the movie.  It was both hilarious and slightly chaotic!  But we loved that they seemed to really get the underlying “themes”.

Books mentioned today:

Why Does Patriarchy Exist?

Written by Carol Gilligan

Cassandra Speaks: When Women Are the Storytellers, the Human Story Changes 

Written by Elizabeth Lesser

Other Tend Her Wild Episodes Related to this you might like to check out:

Episode 76: Women Finding Their Voice

Episode 32: Perfectionism: A Cultural Phenomenon


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