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OCTOBER 25

Everything you’ve heard about Barbie is true. According to M.G. Lord’s faux-lurid Forever Barbie: The Unauthorized Biography of a Real Doll, Barbie’s skinny enough to be anorexic. Lord discusses Barbie-as-fetish-object with Leg Show editor Dian Hanson (recently seen in Crumb); describes the genesis of Ken’s “bump”; investigates multiculti Barbies (among them “Soul Train” Shani, designed but not marketed with a kente-cloth brassiere); and talks about social class (“to many upper-middle-class women, all post-1977 Barbies are Trailer Park Barbie”). Ask Lord whatever happened to “Feral Sheryl”—an Aussie anti-Barbie complete with hairy legs and punk threads—when she discusses her book at 7:30 p.m. at Georgetown University’s Inter-Cultural Center, Room 103, 37th & O Sts. NW. FREE. (202) 687-6359. (Nathalie op de Beeck)