Under The Umbra Ep 14 – Umbra Barbie Part 1

In this episode, Jenna from The Way Witch and I discuss Umbra Barbie: How Barbieworld forces Empathy-Challenged Non-Collaborative Behavior. Sections:…...

In this episode, Jenna from The Way Witch and I discuss Umbra Barbie: How Barbieworld forces Empathy-Challenged Non-Collaborative Behavior.


0:00.000    Intro / Credits
1:06.264    Thanking Patrons
1:54.734    Introduction Chat
2:53.174    Co-host intros with some dogs
3:38.284    Grounding Prayer (with dogs and roomates)
5:28.563    Getting Started - Umbra Barbie is chaotic because the movie is chaotic
10:45.451    Can't talk about Barbie without talking about our relationship to Barbie
21:46.801    In this essay I will...  (the agenda)
30:53.977    Capitalism as played by Mattel and The Patriarchy as played by Hollywood with the shadowy Kyriarchy looming behind
32:36.375    Ruth Handler's ECNC signs
39:34.734    Waves of Feminism, as conceptualized by me, are in development not in time
45:53.519    How (not) To Criticize Your Funders and Handlers (ha ha)
57:30.133    End Transition and review of Agenda

Here are the show notes!

See below, after the credits, for the slide show!

Jenna is vibing with this Barbie guest:
Barbie Fashionistas Doll #178, Petite, Long Purple Hair & Purple Metallic Dress, Sheer Bodice & Sleeves, Purple Sneakers

American Hysteria - Blame it on Barbie with BJ Colangelo (sharing an instagram link because the webpage only links to Apple Podcasts)

Belatown with reaction duets. Play Therapy? (CW for so much swearing with the purpose of belittlement, intimate partner violence, parentification, but done through Play Therapy medium which is cathartic) “You Take Them Kids Gary”
But, also watch this video from Belatown for the aggressive wholesomeness and love. Again, play therapy. Also, CW swearing.

Survival of the Richest: Escape Fantasies of the Tech Billionaires by Douglas Rushkoff
Survival of the Richest on Bookshop.org
Survival of the Richest on LibroFM

Postcolonial Astrology: Reading the Planets Through Capital, Power, and Labor by Alice Sparkly Kat
Postcolonial Astrology on Bookshop.org
Postcolonial Astrology on LibroFM

Witch, Please: The Nation-State

White Supremacy Culture (and values) pdf describes these: perfectionism, sense of urgency, defensiveness, quantity over quality, worship of the written word, only one right way, paternalism, either/or thinking, power hoarding, fear of open conflict, individualism, "I'm the only one," progress is bigger [and] more, objectivity, right to comfort. These are not limited only to white supremacy, but rather that this cluster of values are held rigidly and they are internalized as the norm when within a white supremacist culture. Please see more at the website WhiteSupremacyCulture.info with this note:

Please do use this material as a reflective tool to help us all see how we are getting in our own way. Please do use it to help us vision the culture we want, need, and deserve.
Understanding the complexities and nuances of how white supremacy culture works is important. 


If you think I’m joking about 2nd (and maybe 3rd) wave Feminism being about oppressor-oppressed and accepting the limited premise that everything belongs in rigid, linked, hierarchical binaries, Natalie Wynn (ContraPoints) does a great rundown of this movement in her latest video (which is 3 hours long but fascinating) at the 1hr40 minute mark which is about Twilight (whereas we're looking at Barbie).

Unladylike Episodes 197: Barbie Part 1: Welcome to the Dollhouse and 198: Barbie Part 2: Legally Blonde

This quick post on Instagram by Dr. Devon Price about the Barbie movie and white feminism

Interesting Extras that informed my thoughts:

This very important TikTok about lack of Indigenous inclusion which lead to some really callous mistakes, by @showme_yourmask, which I learned of from my friend Casey.

as well as this post by Autistic, Typing who is also Indigenous

and Material Girls! Barbie X Petro-Capitalism

and The 6 minute essay at the beginning of this episode of Gender Reveal which is in the segment called "This Week in Gender: Joan Summers on Barbie (2023)". The rest of the episode is also amazing but is not directly about Barbie.

This article that resonates a lot with my thoughts by Jean Guerrero for the LA Times, and shares in the pattern of reflecting on a personal history with Barbie before reporting on it.

NPR's It's Been a Minute - The spectacular femininity of bimbos and 'Barbie'


This is Under the Umbra: Using Empathy and Collaboration to Navigate a World of Shadows. In each episode, Electra and the co-hosts explore ways to think about and plan for difficult relationships with people and systems in a way that stays grounded in values and centers community.  I invite you to try out focusing on Empathy and Collaboration as a realistic and compassionate model for interpersonal interactions. If you find yourself Under the Umbra, let’s find our way back to the light.
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