"Barbie: I Can Be a Computer Engineer" book creates Internet backlash
UPDATE: Barbie book "I Can Be a Computer Engineer" pulled off Amazon.
By ISABELLE CHAPMAN
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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