Barbie house protest

Barbie house protest, Getty images
Image caption Several hundred protesters demonstrated peacefully against the opening.

Protesters have disrupted the opening a life-size Barbie house in Berlin.

The exhibition, which consists of a copy of the popular doll's toy house, has angered some women, who think that Barbie leads to less respect for women.


Steve Evans


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It wasn't the opening which the organisers planned. Feminist protesters said the Barbie doll turned women into objects. A semi-naked member of the Femen protest group, had "Life in plastic is not fantastic" written on her bare chest. She set fire to a Barbie doll.

In what the organisers call the Barbie Dreamhouse Experience, a hundred gallons of pink paint were used to decorate the exhibition. The colour provoked a protest from a group called Pink Stinks whose members said there was too much emphasis on becoming more beautiful and on being pretty, and that put an awful lot of pressure on girls.

The other Barbie Dreamhouse, in America, has not been the target of protest. The Berlin version continues until August and then tours Europe. There will be more opportunity for protest - and also for visits by Barbie's countless fans.


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Feminist: kelompok feminis (kelompok yang memperjuangkan persamaan hak antara pria dan wanita)


provoked: mendorong, memprovokasi

emphasis: titik berat, tekanan

pressure: desakan, tekanan

target: sasaran

tours: melakukan perjalanan keliling

countless: tak terhitung