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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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In 2006, then-editor Steve Smith of The Spokesman-Review had the idea of starting a publication for an often forgotten audience: teenagers. The Vox Box was a continuation of the Vox, an all-student staffed newspaper published by The Spokesman-Review. High school student journalists who staffed the Vox made all content decisions as they learn about the trade of journalism. This blog's mission was to give students an opportunity to publish their voices. The Vox Box and the Vox wrapped up in June 2009, but you can follow former staffers' new blog at

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