A couple of months ago I reported on a study that suggested computer engineering programs needed to cut down on the masculine dork factor if they wanted to snare more female students. Well, now Mattel has done one further and created computer software engineer Barbie.
Yes, this won't be the first plastic, female figurine to grace the murky, Cheetos-dusted man caves of the computer engineering world. But it might just be the first to lack swords, machine guns or a pair of triple Ds. Face it, for all her failings as a female role model, Barbie's far less sexualized than your typical anime heroine.