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Judge Barbie is now a thing

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US doll features black robes, jabot and a gavel

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Barbie has supposedly been hitting the legal books and landed herself a role on the bench.

Yes, that’s right — Judge Barbie is now officially a thing. Mattel, the US toy giant which manufacturers the world-famous doll, has created a special 2019 ‘Career of the Year’ version with the goal of encouraging “girls to learn more about making decisions to change the world for the better”.

She is available to buy for $12.97 (£10.57) and comes with typical US judge garb, including black robes and a lace collar (otherwise known as a jabot), as well as a gavel and block.

The doll, which comes in four different skin tones with four hairstyles, is part of an effort by Barbie and GoFundMe to “close the Dream Gap” between men and women through donations to various charities which support female empowerment programmes.

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“Barbie has had over 200 careers,” global head of Barbie, Lisa McKnight, told USA TODAY. “We like to say, ‘There isn’t a plastic ceiling that Barbie hasn’t broken’.” Continuing, she revealed the company decided to introduce the new dolls after learning that “only 33% of sitting US state judges are female”.

“Our hope is that girls will enjoy playing with the dolls and imagine themselves protecting the rights of others,” McKnight added.

Earlier this year, Lady Hale, president of the Supreme Court, called for greater female representation across the upper ranks of the judiciary. Hale, who is due to retire in January, is just one of three women that currently make up the top court’s 12-seat bench.

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14 Comments

Plus Size Barbie

#effyourbeautystandards

Nonsense

#effyoureuphemismforfat

Fat

Fat people are fat. Will you delete this legalcheek?

Anonymous

Apparently we cannot state the factually correct any more. I am tired of the fat using the concept of “fat shaming” to silence valid free speech. In a nation where health care is paid for by the state, when the fat cost so much more than those with self-respect and self-control, calling them out is a civic duty.

Anon

The one on the right for me. I do like a bob. Especially when it is bobbing.

Bob

200 careers! Can’t she stick with anything?

Anonymous

Women are flighty.

Fred Astaire

Auctioneers have gavels.

Yankee Doodle

And American judges.

Bar slave

Can they not make the doll more representative of what life at the bar is actually like? I.e. fat, haggard, overworked, etc.

Pooch

Woof woof woooooof! One of them can “send me down”.

Anonymous

It looks like a positive discrimination overload.

Australian Barrister

Ken doll can be her court officer

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