Barbie Finds New Career in Information Technology

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Barbie Finds New Career in Information Technology

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Barbie is no longer the less-than-intelligent blonde she once was, now earning her keep as a professional geek.

Barbie has had over 100 careers since 1959, taking on the work of firefighter to astronaut, and Mattel has just revealed her latest. Barbie's 126th career will be computer engineer, establishing her as an official nerd.

Computer engineer was chosen by the popular vote of over 500,000 people; the first time Barbie's career has ever been decided this way. Other choices included architect, environmentalist, news anchor, and surgeon, with news anchor set for Barbie's 125th career as it won the popular vote amongst girls (take that, guys). In the field of computer engineering, men often outnumber women, so the hope is that the doll will help to inspire young women to become code monkeys.

Computer Engineer Barbie is set to make her programming debut in Fall 2010. She'll be wearing a binary code t-shirt, carrying a smart phone, and talking to her corporate drone boss on a Bluetooth headet. Just because Barbie is a computer engineer doesn't mean she can't still accessorize, as her hot-pink glasses will match the hot pink laptop she stares at for 10 hours a day. Computer Engineer Barbie is supposedly available for pre-order at the Mattel shop, but I couldn't find the link, so maybe a more enterprising Barbie fan can discover how to reserve one.

Escapist News Correspondent apparently has a shot at becoming Barbie's 127th career, which will come complete with padlocked cage and bathroom bucket. Seriously, someone help me.

(Via: NYT Blog)

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Other than the computer how does this differ to other Barbies? Are there any special features? I must know right now.

Wow...
For once in my life, I feel less afraid to touch the cold, flesh-colored plastic of dolls meant for my sex...

She appears to have a laptop instead of a forearm. It's like the next generation of Pip-boys have arrived.

And the 128th will be Brainiac Barbie.

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Good for Barbie, I guess xD

it's official, the girls of the future are dorks; good thing for my future sons!

Worlds are colliding... my brain can't take it!

But can the laptop handle Crysis?

Also, why is the laptop growing out of her forearm? And if she has a phone, why does she need a wrist watch?

She's makes geek look chic!

HEY! THAT RHYMES!

Outlaw Torn:
She appears to have a laptop instead of a forearm. It's like the next generation of Pip-boys have arrived.

Nah it's just the first unwieldy generation of pip boy. The pip boy 1000-A

She almost looks, smart...

GI Joe is still better...

Tom Goldman:
Escapist News Correspondent apparently has a shot at becoming Barbie's 127th career, which will come complete with padlocked cage and bathroom bucket. Seriously, someone help me.

I'ma coming Tom!

OT: WOOOO! Geekbie.... Bargeek? Beekbie? Who knows. I'm too old (and of the wrong sexuality) to play with barbies... In public anyway.

Computer engineer? She's probably just learning HTML so she can code her own myspace page.

I'm on an IT course at university, and there are quite a few women on it. About an even split, but similar courses are more male than female. It's something that is rally improving. At least at University level.

I really wanted to be one of those classic IT guys, but nowadays its all professionalism, and teamwork. No wonder we're not inventing Internet 2, or hover cars.

Premonition:
And the 128th will be Brainiac Barbie.

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Good for Barbie, I guess xD

Sounds like it will end up being expensive, dangerous, and likely to end in a lawsuit. Sign me up!

On topic, meh. It's interesting to see how it won a vote, but it's Barbie. I mean, come on.

Premonition:
And the 128th will be Brainiac Barbie.

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Good for Barbie, I guess xD

I can imagine that happening in the near future.

Off topic, thank you for bringing that logo up. I've been trying to remember the name of that series for AGES. XD

They're still making Barbies!? Christ I haven't heard a thing about them in years. That being said I tend to not watch TV other than on demand stuff due to despising adverts, especially the Sept-Dec run-up where every advert is aimed at kids.

Outlaw Torn:
She appears to have a laptop instead of a forearm. It's like the next generation of Pip-boys have arrived.

it's obviously a prototype for the Omni-tool in ME2. The only logical conclusion that can be drawn now that that fact is in the light? Barbie is a collector.

Oh bah, it's just another bloody Barbie doll. I cannie see the appeal that those things have with girls and old men.

To each his/her/is/er own though.

Oh dear... what an incredibly odd choice... well, at least surgeon wasn't voted... they'd have to have an extra barbie with missing limbs and bloody guts :P

With the glasses, Barbie bears a strange resemblance to Bayonetta.

Mattel, if you're listening, I just had the greatest idea for Barbie #127...

*shudders* Wow, I just a haunting vision of Legally Blonde hashed with Hackers... kinda creepy.

Erana:
Wow...
For once in my life, I feel less afraid to touch the cold, flesh-colored plastic of dolls meant for my sex...

Much as I cheer the breaking of another barrier (if only for my own tastes), shouldn't she be wearing something a bit more tech/nerdy?

Where's her slept-in t-shirt? Where's her piercings? Pink Sandals instead of Nu-rocks? And more importantly, why is she wearing an ANALOGUE watch...

lodo_bear:
With the glasses, Barbie bears a strange resemblance to Bayonetta.

Mattel, if you're listening, I just had the greatest idea for Barbie #127...

Dominatrix/witch barbie?

Yea, I suppose that could be kinda cool.
I'd be much more interested in seeing the resulting Masochist Ken; smarmy, sweater vest wearing half-man has it coming.

Either way, Barbie still looks slutty.

[Shrugs] I suppose. I do expect some backlash since the role isn't "empowering enough".

I'm personally waiting for Pro-Dominatrix Barbie, Porn Star Barbie, and the alternate "/B/ Cam Whore" outfit for this current role. :)

Still a few stereotypes they need to look at, they assume all computer engineers wear glasses and that girls only like pink computers. I know a few gamer girls and they all find the "pink" range to be condescending.

Also, what engineer uses such small computers to do their work on? Bundle her with a Cray supercomputer, or atleast one that doesnt appear to be suffering from a BSoD.

My vote is for a Dominatrix Barbie, tired of drawing outfits with Sharpie markers.

stonethered:

lodo_bear:
With the glasses, Barbie bears a strange resemblance to Bayonetta.

Mattel, if you're listening, I just had the greatest idea for Barbie #127...

Dominatrix/witch barbie?

Yea, I suppose that could be kinda cool.
I'd be much more interested in seeing the resulting Masochist Ken; smarmy, sweater vest wearing half-man has it coming.

I feel like a douche just saying this, but... didn't Barbie break up with Ken? O_o

OT: Well, maybe it'll encourage more girls to think about IT as a perfectly viable career for girls, in which case it must be a good thing.

I am purchasing this doll! >:D

I am a computer engineer, this worries me slightly.
I wonder wether she is pro Linux or Windows.....

Tom Goldman:

Escapist News Correspondent apparently has a shot at becoming Barbie's 127th career, which will come complete with padlocked cage and bathroom bucket. Seriously, someone help me.

Hahaha! Nice one, man. I haven't laughed so hard in weeks.

computer engineer != IT. Has a lot of electrical engineering in its background as well.

What OS is she running?

Glasses: Unsuccessfully helping sluts try to appear to have a brain since the 19th century

"I am like, such a smart scientist!"
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Do they include the living in a cardboard box in an alley playset for when the Dotcom bubble burst?

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