The Tribe

Fifty years ago this month, a Jewish woman named Ruth Handler created Barbie and, inadvertently, the subsequent generations of men and women who would see their lives as somehow incomplete if their childhood didn't include the popular doll. Yet, although she was the brainchild of a Jew, Barbie doesn't look Jewish...

Interestingly, that fact might help us understand not only the Jewish struggle between assimilation and identity, but our own as well. The funny and interesting documentary below tries to make sense of America and modernity through our relationship with Barbie :)


And if you think Barbie has given your child self-esteem problems, The Onion reports it could have been much worse...

But because there's still so much more to Barbie's history, why don't you pay a listen to Josh and Chuck from Stuff You Should Know:

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