Pop Culture Pulse: Flashback for Election Season 2016 — gender, toys, and politics.

How we play says who we are … and possibly how we’ll vote.

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The first Barbie was sold in 1959.
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Gender in the early 1960s playroom: Barbie is wearing “Saturday Night Date,” a coveted outfit from er earliest days. Ken came along two years later, in 1961.
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Barbie for President, 2004.
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A typical page in Lilli’s catalogue.
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“Bridal Party,” from free-paper-dolls.com.
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From free-paper-dolls.com.
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The original Burp Gun.
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Click to watch a 1959 commercial for Barbie here.
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Dr. Barbie started her practice in 1995, with three — yes, three — babies to care for.
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Image from USA Today.
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Machado gets her crown in 1996.
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A hand grabs for the presidency: on the campaign trail, from politico.com.
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Read the full transcript and watch the video here.
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Clinton post-election, in New York Magazine.

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