So here’s a something thats been going around the internet for a while. It looks like there is a new Barbie book called “I Can Be a Computer Engineer”. On the face of it, this should be good news. After all, Barbie, the most girlie of girls toys has started to encourage girls that they can work in a fairly male dominated profession when they get older.
Good thing right?
Well it seems to be getting reactions like my brother in laws comment on Facebook:
This is wrong on so many levels! Anyone getting this for my niece, even as a joke, may be in for beatings!
The Mirror breaks down the plot:
Our dear Barbie is at her laptop designing a game to show kids how computers work.
“You can make a robot puppy do cute tricks by matching up coloured blocks,” she says.
So far, so good. But unfortunately that’s where the compliments end, because within seconds she’s pointing out to her sister Skipper that she’s “only creating the design idea, I’ll need Steven and Brian’s help to turn it into a real game”.
Within a matter of a few pages, Barbie’s computer gets a virus, but thankfully she’s been smart enough to wear a flash drive as a necklace (a pink, heart-shaped monstrosity) so she remembers to back up her work.
However, when she goes to use Skipper’s laptop instead, disaster strikes: THE VIRUS IS ON THE FLASHDRIVE. Skipper’s homework and all her music files are corrupted. Barbie legs it to class, but not before Skipper “playfully hits Barbie with a pillow”.
At class, Barbie meets up with Brian and Steven, who end up helping Barbie retrieve the lost files from both the laptops. “It will go faster if Brian and I help,” says Steven
So Barbie backs off and lets the men do the bulk of the work. Once the files are retrieved, she returns Skipper’s laptop to her.
When presenting her homework to class, Skipper praises Barbie for her technological prowess and describes her as “a great sister and a great computer engineer”.
So basically, its a book about Barbie designing a game, getting a virus, then the guys creating the game, and fixing the laptop.
The really good news is that a “remixed” version of this book has been designed that encourages girls to work in computing, I’d suggest checking that out rather then the official book which is STILL available on amazon.co.uk.
In the meantime, remind me to keep my daughter away from Barbie merchandise.