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Earlier this week, we told you the story of Computer Engineer Barbie. Mattel may have developed and released the doll with good intentions, but the mission went completely astray with the accompanying book. The main reason many readers took umbrage with Barbie: I Can Be a Computer Engineer is its troubling portrayal of gender roles in the technology world. The book perpetuates the stereotype that men are coders who do the real heavy lifting, and women can maybe, possibly design the roughest idea of a game — with a few oopsey-daisies along the way.
Yesterday, Mattel offered an apology on Barbie's Facebook page. We believe girls should be empowered to understand that anything is possible and believe they live in a world without limits. All Barbie titles moving forward will be written to inspire girl's [sic] imaginations and portray an empowered Barbie character.
Unfortunately, the saga doesn't end there.
The book's publisher, Random House, doesn't list its publishing date until The book's page on Random House's website has been taken down, as has the product page on site, which we were able to access on Tuesday. The book's author, Susan Marenco, told Kids Tech News that she didn't even receive emails from the editors about the book until The sketchy timeline of the book's development is not the issue here, though.
Since news of the book went wide on the Internet earlier this week, Marenco has received hundreds of vitriolic emails.
She has since both defended and accepted culpability for her role in the book's publication. Marenco told Kids Tech News that she's both a feminist and a woman in tech. Marenco has also witnessed the sexism in the technology world firsthand. It's a boy's game," she said to KTN. Unfortunately, Mattel will always have ultimate control over Barbie and her image.
She's written Barbie books, and has received many comments from editors saying that the character "has to be more polite. She's conscious of the stereotypes of women in technology and apologized for the book's final story. She also told ABC that she wishes she had made either Steven or Brian, the two programmers who handle the coding of Barbie's designs, female.
Courtesy of Casey Fiesler. One of the great things about the Internet, though, is that people who offer helpful solutions rise above the haters and complainers. Casey Fiesler, a doctoral student in human-centered computing at Georgia Tech, took some time and rewrote the book.
She posted a PDF on her website. Called Barbie: I Can Be a Computer Engineer: The Remix! Now With Less Sexism! We reached out to Brianna Wu , a developer whose on-point takedown tweets of the book we shared , for any positive takeaways that should be gleaned from this incident.
She has no faith in her own skills; she shows no knowledge of anything. She gets praise from Skipper for being an inspiration while not actually doing anything," Wu told us in an email.
And, I understand that a non-engineer wrote [it]. And she was right. Her godmother, pleased with her obedience, came in good time, and Cinderella, dressed in blue satin and pearls, went in the same style as before. The Prince would scarcely let her out of his sight, and Cinderella, who was getting a little spoiled by all the flattery she heard, began to think more of herself and less of the Fairy; so the time stole on, till glancing up at the clock, she saw it wanted only five minutes to eleven.
At once she darted out of the room, and ran through the palace as fast as she could go, but as she reached the hall, she lost one of her precious glass slippers!
She did not stop to pick it up, but rushed to the door. She found no coach, only a pumpkin, and the rat and mice ran quickly away when they saw her; while all her fine dress turned to rags, and she had to run home alone in the darkness of the night. The Prince was very much surprised when he missed Cinderella again, and leaving the ball, went in search of her. He asked all the attendants, but no one had seen her, and when enquiry was made of the porter, he said that no one had gone out of the palace except a poor ragged beggar-girl.
He loved Cinderella so much that he now resolved to marry her; and as he felt sure that no one else could wear such a tiny shoe as hers was, he sent out a herald to proclaim that whichever lady in his kingdom could put on this glass slipper should be his wife.
All the great ladies who wished to be a Princess tried to put it on, but in vain. They laughed at her; but the Prince, hearing of her wish, sent for her.
She went with her sisters in her poor dress, but very clean, and at once put on the slipper. Then she drew the fellow of it from her pocket, and slipped it on her other foot.
The Prince, who had thought the moment he saw her that the poor girl was very much like the beautiful Princess, was delighted. He insisted on Cinderella telling him her story, which she did very modestly, and all listened with wonder. So Cinderella was married to the Prince in great state, and they lived together very happily. She forgave her sisters, and treated them always very kindly, and the Prince had great cause to be glad that he had found the glass slipper.
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