In the News: Bald Barbie—Actually, Barbie Won’t Be Bald At All. Instead, It’ll Be Her Best Friend.

On the one hand, we need to applaud Mattel for accepting an “outside idea” for Bald & Beautiful Barbie, which aims to lessen the stigma of hair loss due to cancer treatment for young girls and their mothers who have the disease.

On the other, it’s not going to actually be Barbie who’s bald, but her bestie. Let’s just hope that this time she’ll be able to get into the Barbie Dream House, unlike the last doll they tried to make in honour of people who don’t fit the able-bodied norm: Share-a-Smile Becky, whose wheelchair didn’t fit inside the Dream House doors. Whoops!

So with this new doll, Mattel might be saying that bald is beautiful, just as long as it’s not Barbie who loses her hair. Baldness is beneath Barbie, don’t you know?

One step forward, two steps back…

Related: My Week in Pictures 16th February, 2012.

Elsewhere: [Jezebel] Barbie’s Friend Will Soon be Bald & Beautiful.

Image via Jezebel.

My Week in Pictures.

I’m On a Boat!

For my mum and sisters’ birthdays, I took them on a surprise cruise on the Yarra. We were originally supposed to go to Williamstown and get fish and chips by the water, but the Williamstown boats broke down, so instead we got a tour up the river and then back down via Docklands. While I was really looking forward to exploring Williamstown, it turned out to be a really fun day!

Roller Derby.

On Saturday night, April and I attended the first Victorial Roller Derby League tournament of the year at the Showgrounds. The first round saw April’s team, Dead Ringer Rosies, come out on top, and I was dressed in red, so I involuntarily went for new team, Rock Mobsters, who won the second bout.

“It’s a fucking Barbie in a wheelchair!”

Last week I posted about Lana’s birthday presents and, as evidenced by these photos, she loved them! The only thing I like more than seeing gifts that I’ve given be so well received is getting presents myself!

My Week with Marilyn.

See my review for what I thought of the film.

The stack.

The tabloids are littered with Whitney Houston’s death. Personally, I’m not a fan and I couldn’t care less. I’ve been all about Chris Brown this week but, alas, the magazines weren’t.

Fish & chips on the beach.

A bunch of my coworkers and I trekked out to Hampton beach after work to visit our former boss in her new ice cream store. Yummo! Followed by fish and chips on the increasingly dark beach because we spent too much time catching up!

My Week in Pictures.

Day trip to Bendigo.

Images via Fantomatik.

Image via Specialist Auctions.

Image via John Kobal Foundation.

Image via Fantomatik.

Image via Bendigo Art Gallery.

Image via Bridie Quilty.

On Friday I went to Bendigo to see the Made in Hollywood (images above) exhibition in its final days, as well as did some shopping at Bendigo Book Mark and caught up with a friend who’s back from America for dinner.

Birthday present.

My friend Lana’s birthday’s coming up on Saturday, so a few friends and I went in on Share-a-Smile Becky (she comes in a wheelchair! How cool is that?! There was some controversy surrounding the Barbie when she came out in 1997 because her chair didn’t fit through the doors to the Barbie Dream House.) and Make Hey While the Sun Shines by Meet Me at Mikes founder Pip Lincoln. I hope she likes them!

The stack.

If you missed Sunday Life, you can read full version of the cover story here.

Martha Marcy May Marlene Mind-numbing.

I wasn’t sure what to expect when heading into Martha Marcy May Marlene on Monday night, but a friend I mentioned it to said her boyfriend’s sister said it was the best movie she’d ever seen. I’d heard all the awards buzz, so I had to see what all the fuss was about for myself. I don’t feel like my life was any more enriched than before the movie, and I’m glad I only paid $9 for it.

This is what happens when your washing machine stops working.

The spin is fine, it’s just that the pump is stuffed, so I’ve taken to filling up the bath with water and washing detergent, and smooshing my clothes around in it with the mop! It’s quite efficient, actually. Although I’m dreading towel- and sheet-washing day…

Images via John Kobal Foundation.