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Fri., April 11, 2008, 1:20 p.m.

Barbie Project Gets Teen Artist In Trouble

Teacher Marty Scanlon gave his advanced art class at Helena High School an assignment to make a chair out of the material of their choice. The only requirement was that it be useable as a chair. Senior Jana Barros designed a chair adorned with pink ribbon and strategically attached unclad Barbie dolls. The chair also had the word “false” written a couple of dozen times in pink glitter glue. Barros said she was trying to send a message about the unrealistic body image Barbie dolls represent. But the chair, which was among pieces in a hallway art display, was offensive to some female staff members who voiced their concern to Claudia Morley, the school’s assistant principal/Alana Listoe, Helena Independent-Record. More here

Question: All in all, are Barbie dolls good for young girls? Or do they create unrealistic expectations re: personal appearance?

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D.F. Oliveria started Huckleberries Online on Feb. 16, 2004. Oliveria's Sunday print Huckleberries is a past winner of the national Herb Caen Memorial Column contest.