Etsom·ni·a (/etˈsämnēə/), noun, 1. a sleep disorder caused by obsessive Etsy browsing. 2. The surprising arrival of weird handmade merchandise ordered when one is only half conscious. (True story.) 3. An excuse for me to be an obnoxious, snarky New Yorker once per week.
Barbie has come a long way. Though when she was first introduced, Mattel started with unrealistic, idealized dolls, they have at least tried (albeit slowly) to expand their dolls to include women of diverse skin colors, ethnicities, body types, abilities, and careers. Sure, there’s been some unfortunate fashions and some feminist setbacks and quite a bit of cultural appropriation, but they do seem to be moving in the right direction. Of course, as you would expect, a brand this famous and this polarizing has inspired a lot of unexpected Barbie-inspired clothing and accessories. Some are wonderful or at least deliciously kitchy, but it’s definitely not all good.
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