Thursday, August 24, 2023

Do Authors Have A Barbie Complex?


I just saw the Barbie movie with my wife and daughter, each going for their second time. It was rich with many take-aways, most of them positive and encouraging for women, some a bit critical about men, but overall, a really creative attempt at some deep commentary about our identity, sense of purpose, the burden women face, what makes us human, and how we judge others and ourselves. Authors can learn from this. 

Barbie learns: 

* She can strive to do it all — or nothing at all – if she chooses to.

* She can be ordinary and that is ok.

* She can also be crazy beautiful and that is okay.

* There is no one way she has to live and that no specific way is necessarily great or perfect. 

Authors can learn from Barbie in the sense that being an author can be amazing but it also comes with its perils. Yes, other people judge you. You compete with others. And your sense of worth can easily be measured.  

Barbie’s looks, as she learns, can be an asset or a burden, and that she is not just her looks or her career. She learns to be happy with whom she is and to open up to the concept that life isn’t perfect, not even for one with beauty and brains. 

Well, writers, you are more than the words that you pump out. You live real lives, have real needs, desires, concerns, challenges, and joys. Experience life fully and incorporate your writings into who you are but don’t feel they have to define you.


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