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Barbie's Changing Dreamhouse Reflects Social, Economic Trends

When Barbie bought her first dreamhouse in 1962, it was difficult for women in real life to obtain a mortgage without a male co-signer.  "From the beginning, much of Barbie’s existence — her unrealistic physical proportions, the lack of racially diverse dolls, the toy’s reinforcing of gender roles — has been debated in jest and in seriousness," per The New York Times. "But her home, which has not been as publicly parsed or praised like the doll, has been a mirror for the various social, political and economic changes the rest of the country was experiencing."

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