Jay Dyer is a pop culture critic and author. He chatted to me about the Barbie movie.
Since it isn’t worth watching and since I don’t care about spoiling the plot, the following is the summary.
In a matriarchal society called Barbieland, Barbie and her fellow Barbies hold all significant roles in government and business and so on, while their useless beta-male Ken counterparts enjoy recreational activities such as lying on the beach and having dance-offs. Barbie’s world is disrupted when she starts worrying about death and becomes self aware. To cure herself, she must find the child playing with her in the real world. On her journey to reality, she’s joined by Ken and they encounter various adventures, including confrontations with “the patriarchy” and the Mattel CEO. Barbie escapes remanufacturing attempts and returns to Barbieland, only to find it taken over by the Kens. With an “inspirational” feminist speech and the help of the other Barbies, Barbie regains her self-confidence and restores the Barbies to power, while also acknowledging the need for societal changes in Barbieland. The film ends with Barbie deciding to become human and return to the real world to get a vagina.
It is very cringeworthy.
The movie is set in Barbieland, a matriarchal society in which women hold all significant roles (government and so on). This is a clear feminist theme, promoting the idea of women in unnatural positions of power and control. Barbie is depicted as a strong, independent figure who rejects the advances of Ken, symbolising her desire for autonomy and female friendships over a romantic relationship with a man.
Jay notes the gnostic elements of the movie, which are typical of Hollywood.
Barbie’s existential crisis, triggered by her sudden awareness of mortality, leads her on a journey of self-discovery and transformation. This journey is reminiscent of gnostic themes of seeking knowledge and understanding beyond the physical world. Barbie’s transition from a perfect, idealised figure to a real, flawed human being mirrors the gnostic belief in the soul’s journey from the material world to spiritual enlightenment.
The film also critiques “the patriarchy”, represented by the Mattel Corporation in the real world. Barbie’s mission is not just to find the child who “owns” her, but to inspire that child to break free from societal norms and become a feminist.
Upon returning to Barbieland, Barbie finds that the Kens have taken over, and the Barbies are indoctrinated into submissive roles. This shift in power dynamics is a clear attempt to redefine traditional gender roles and natural order.
The movie is about rejecting anything traditional.
What Barbie is telling millions of young women is that:
- men are a waste of time and offer no value;
- women can create Utopia;
- relationships are unnecessary;
- the family is an outdated construct; and
- men are inherently bad.
From feminism and ‘women’s liberation‘, to dismissing the value of men, to rejecting the definition of a woman, to encouraging abortion and allegiance to the state, Barbie is opening the door to depopulation and transhumanism.
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