Graduate School Barbie: A New Gift Idea for The Demoralized Grad Student in Your Life

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From the playful mind of Joanna Renteria comes two tongue-in-cheek holiday gift ideas: "Delusional Master’s Barbie™" and "Ph.D. Masochist Barbie™." A full-time grad student pursuing her own M.A. in Mass Communication, Renteria may have a future in writing ad copy, describing Graduate School Barbie thusly:

Every Graduate School Barbie comes with these fun-filled features guaranteed to delight and entertain for hours: Grad School Barbie comes out of the box with a big grin on her face that turns into a frown after 2 weeks or her first advisor meeting (whichever comes first). She also has adorable black circles under her delightfully bloodshot eyes.

Comes with two outfits: a grubby pair of blue jeans and 5-year-old gap T-shirt, and a floppy pair of gray sweatpants with a matching “I hate my life” T-shirt.

9 volt lithium batteries are sold separately. But what about Graduate School Ken?  He's waiting for someone to breathe comic life into him. Any takers?

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  • joan says:

    she should also com w/a diaper bag (for taking care of the kids that she picked up from daycare), a briefcase/work bag (in the car from her day job), and a takeout bag, holding the dinner that she has no time to make but is still expected to provide!

  • Sylvia says:

    The author of the text is not Joanna Renteria: at the end of the text on her blog it says “Author: Unknown”.nnnThis text is making the rounds at least since early 2010. See e.g. this link, which is not the original source either, but this author did make the combination with the image: image itself seems to date back to 2008 or 2009. Maybe it was created for the 50th birthday of Barbie (in 2009).nnAlso, “Grad Advisor Ken” is mentioned in the text.

  • rainadustbowlstory says:

    Graduate School Ken isn’t here because he’s left the grad student for Barista Barbie.

  • Janice Lynn says:

    A stay at home mom Barbie, would be the most taboo of all. Today, that would be called the Lazy B#tch Barbie. I’ve tried it all, career, job, stay/work at home, have never gained any respect. Sad, I now look a lot like Graduate School Barbie too.

  • Corey Lee Wrenn says:

    Graduate Ken doesn’t relate because the academy privileges men and disadvantages women, yeesh. Women are far less likely to earn a PhD and those who do STILL make less money and get crappier jobs.

    • Anonymous says:

      Nuh uh.

      • Babz G-Sievers says:

        I don’t agree with this, women can have and will always be able to achieve all of the same standards as men, if u think without equality then you have none. .. think, yes, absolutely — equal and just do it. the days are gone when men sauntered in shadow over women. they now are as unable or unequal.. its all one now. if we just listen to them in power we see the fallen. as with those few women when they speak in stupid terms.. we are able. smile

        • A_PHD_ABD says:

          Babz, this is true however, the statistics show that fewer women DO earn PhDs and the stats still show women with PhDs often do take jobs below their abilities or get paid less than men. We are ABLE and WILLING just not REWARDED for being so.

          • Babz G-Sievers says:

            I agree that less use their degree, simply due to job shortage issues and therefore move into other positions but that degree helps them attain more and more.. smile as long as u believe we are not being rewarded, what you may or may not believe that men are in the same position. I know more not working in their field because there is nothing offering it, and or having to teach at lower positions than ever expected and not becoming that professor unless u work ur way up.

  • Miz says:

    Just an FYI — Joanna didn’t write this, it comes from Karen Zgoda —

    • Sylvia says:

      I would love to find the original author of this, but it is not Karen Zgoda: she posts it (in May 2012) as a blockquote and she links to the blogger who combined the text with the image (in Feb. 2010, see my previous comment):n, the original writer remains unknown.

      • Babz G-Sievers says:

        pretty soon we will see it was written in the 60s.. and then understand the connection between lack of equality and the what one sees as the horrors of absolute beauty of being rich in years.. smile

      • Karen Zgoda says:

        Thanks Sylvia – this is correct! Original Graduate School Barbie author unknown, but never ceases to amuse and accurately describe the experience. :)

    • Babz G-Sievers says:

      then why did this Joanna decide to use it as hers? thanks for the actual ownership of this..

  • Anonymous says:

    Grad school Ken will have the pockets of his worn jeans turned inside out, and is thinking of becoming a monk because it’s obvious to everyone that he has no chance of contributing towards a secure life with a significant other anytime soon (in fact, he can’t even afford to go out on a date). If he’s getting an English degree, he also owes his soul to the ophthalmologist.

  • Sarah Gonzales says:

    Respect yourself. Who gives a crap what other people think anymore.

  • CA says:

    They need to make one of the supportive spouse.

  • Kate Skegg says:

    This image of mature Barbie has been around on the web since at least May 2006 (no picture credits shown):

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