Many people find there way here by googling “academic workplace” or “academic bullying,” but every day dozens of people come to Historiann.com after googling “Barbie,” “Barbies,” or the word “Barbie” modified by several different adjectives. (“Eccentric barbie outfits,” or “Barbie wedding dress” are two popular iterations.) Weirdly, on Tuesday someone googled “sean (sic) cassidy doll,” and it led them here! Was there ever such a thing? I mean, my brother and I had the Six Million Dollar Man doll, the Bionic Woman doll, the 1970s-era G.I. Joe with the fuzzy hair and beard, and the Cher doll, but I’ve never heard of a Shaun Cassidy doll. (If I had heard of it back in 1977, I’m sure I would have wanted it!)
Anyway, Barbie fans and other doll-watchers, the picture to the right is all for you! She was photographed in Arequipa, Peru, the second largest city after Lima. H/t to Historiann commenter Homostorian Americanist, who writes: “It was in a souvenir shop on the Plaza de Armas, . . . . and was being used to display what they called ‘traditional Incan clothing.’ The photos were actually taken by my friend, Emily F. And we went back a second day (no camera when we first saw it) to snap it. The owner looked at us a little oddly.” Thanks, Homostorian Americanist and Emily, for spending the shoe leather just for this photo, and for sharing it with Historiann!
If you want to lighten things up in your mind, please just enjoy the new Barbie photo. If you want to continue the heavier conversations below, by all means, let the consciousness raising continue! (No one has yet written in with answers to my “million dollar question”–how can faculty of goodwill turn a bad department good again? If you’ve got any ideas or success stories, please don’t keep them all to yourself!)