What Barbie Taught Me About Trying to Fit In

Thoughts on plastic and human parts

Alisa Wolf
Human Parts
Published in
6 min readJul 31, 2023

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Photo by XINYI SONG on Unsplash

Seeing the Barbie movie sparked a memory of my first Barbie doll, which was also the first toy I paid for with my own money — that is, money I’d saved out of my allowance, birthday checks, and Chanukah gelt. My Barbie had the classic proportions that, as my mother pointed out, would make any living woman topple over. But when my…

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Alisa Wolf
Human Parts

Creative nonfiction writer with publication credits in several literary magazines, including Agni Online, Calyx, and Cimarron Review.