The internet fixes Barbie’s ‘I Can Be a Computer Engineer’ picture book

There’s some more fuel for that fire we’re all enjoying so much…

Barbie book

I Can Be a Computer Engineer, you could have been so right. You could have stoked the flames of technologically minded ambition in starry-eyed little girls, helped nurse entire generations of bad-ass hacker dames. Instead, you became a nest of twee images and sexist drivel. If you had shins, I’d kick them.

Screenwriter Pamela Ribon wrote a fantastic,blow-by-blow takedown of this literary disaster, replete with strategic vulgarities. It’s almost as hilarious as the picture book itself, which earned about 79 deeply disapproving reviews on Amazon. In the interest of not diluting the experience, I’m not going to go into detail. Ribon’s essay is worth going in blind.

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