"Barbie: I Can Be a Computer Engineer" book creates Internet backlash

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UPDATE: Barbie book "I Can Be a Computer Engineer" pulled off Amazon.


The 2010 children's book titled: "Barbie: I Can Be a Computer Engineer" has been making waves this week. In the book, Barbie is taking a computer class and has an assignment to create a computer game. This seems like a great idea, except the writers of the book have given Barbie no coding skills.

On the first page, Barbie's little sister Skipper asks Barbie what she's up to on her computer. Barbie, who is drawing puppies on her screen, announces to Skipper that she is brainstorming for a computer game. However, she can't create the game by herself. Barbie tells Skipper: "I'm only creating the design ideas ... I'll need Steven's and Brian's help to turn it into a real game!"

Barbie then goes on to infect her and Skipper's computer with a virus. Instead of fixing the problem herself, as one would expect by the title of the book, Barbie instead enlists the help of two men (previously mentioned Steven and Brian) to do the work for her.

The book went viral this week, after Pamela Ribon wrote a take down of it in Gizmodo called "Barbie F*cks It Up Again."

The book has even acquired its own hashtag: #FeministHackerBarbie. The Internet has unleashed its fury at the Barbie brand and the book, providing for some pretty hilarious tweets.

However, as of Thursday, TechCrunch reported that the book has been pulled from Amazon.

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"Barbie: I Can Be a Computer Engineer" book creates Internet backlash
"my only recommendation for this book would be to set it on fire" http://t.co/enwDG8p2St #Barbie
.@pamelaribon Who needs Computer Engineer Barbie? JEM HAS BEEN CODING SINCE 1985. #tech #feminism http://t.co/q5YDpuTBZg
Barbie's book tells girls they need boys to code for them. *facepalm* #feministhackerbarbie http://t.co/lY7N4lHLwP
Barbie: Job creator. #FeministHackerBarbie #FeministBarbie http://t.co/h2iZAnrziW
I could do this all night. #feministhackerbarbie http://t.co/Hv10CZQaQl
Computer Engineer Barbie http://t.co/fxCiczx8Tp
ICYMI: #FeministHackerBarbie is the greatest hashtag ever. Expect geeky jokes. Expect to spit out coffee.
Morale of the story? Give your daughter an #openmono in stead of a #Barbie. http://t.co/ycM03Nnzf2 #engineering #skolechat #tech #dktech
Brilliant satire. It intelligently demasks stereoptypes... wait what? This is NOT satire? m( #Barbie http://t.co/ZJjJt8FtIQ via @terrorzicke
This was daughter Grace's response when she heard a #Barbie book's telling girls they need boys to help them code. http://t.co/MyV007LM5m
Dear @Barbie, The boys are the ones who ask me for help. http://t.co/IuDQJhSGRZ via @PamelaRibon
Barbie's good at many things but her first love is product.

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