More thoughts on “Coder Barbie”

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More thoughts on “Coder Barbie”

computer-engineer-barbie_1.jpgOn Mashable, math teacher Rebecca Zook weighs in on the whole Computer Engineer Barbie (aka Coder Barbie) “controversy” with “Why Computer Engineer Barbie Is Good for Women in Tech.”

While some have embraced Coder Barbie, others have attacked the concept, saying that her pink laptop, sparkly leggings, and trendy glasses are “too feminine” to be realistic.

The critics imply that real coders aren’t feminine, and feminine coders aren’t real. But women shouldn’t feel like they have to stop being feminine to work in technology.

[Thanks, Ed Troxell!]

Why Computer Engineer Barbie Is Good for Women in Tech


8 thoughts on “More thoughts on “Coder Barbie”

  1. ... says:

    I don’t know if she qualifies as feminine. I don’t care. But I HATE HATE HATE her outfit. It’s ugly ugly ugly. Honestly, I expect it to put more young girls off of the idea of being an engineer than attract them.

  2. Gareth Branwyn says:

    I’m sure it’s all focus-grouped and little-girl tested for what they (meaning some generalized population of they) find appealing.

    But yeah, I find it really horrific too, altho I’m about as far from the target demo as possible.

  3. Adam E says:

    The outfit looks more like a coder working for Disney. I know lots of women engineers and they wear dark suits or, in a more casual environment, clean jeans or khakis with appropriate tops.

  4. Snow says:

    As a “coder girl”, I can say I know other coder girls wearing similar outfits. But, I don’t like it either. I especially don’t like her glasses. Personally, I wear either dark khakis or a long skirt. A suit when needed, of course.

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Gareth Branwyn is a freelance writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture. He is currently a contributor to Boing Boing, Wink Books, and Wink Fun. His free weekly-ish maker tips newsletter can be found at

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