Most people seem to either love or hate Barbie, with opinions ranging from "She's a role model for young girls, because she is pictured with the ability to do anything" to "She's provides an unrealistic body image and should be wiped out of existence."
For one of my courses, we had to pick a pop-culture topic. I've narrowed mine to the phenomenon of "Barbie torture play" (e.g. Cutting her hair, melting her head, etc.). Most seem to regard it as a means of separating themselves from a symbol of "babyish" behavior, almost a means of rebellion.
What are your thoughts? Have you bombed any Barbies in your day? Why do you think kids would destroy their dolls?