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My Barbie Moment

We're past spoiler moments now right? Well, maybe not, but suffice to say the last line of the Barbie movie landed on me like a ton of bricks and today was the day that I had that moment.  Okay spoilers ahead, you have been warned!

Throughout the movie, they make several references to Barbie and Ken lacking genitals. In fact, one of the funnier claims from Ken was, "I have all the genitals!" So, when the final line of the movie comes, it's a brilliant one and did I ever feel it: "I'm here to see my gynecologist."

Up until the moment she delivered that line, I had no idea it was coming. It just seemed like she was going to her first day on the job or something. Then, there it was. Boom. The absolute perfect end.

I loved the movie for a whole lot of reasons, but it cemented itself in my heart for that line. Like Barbie, I felt that yearning for completeness, having my body and my heart align, and I have been on that journey for some time. Today, I lived that last line and despite the momentary discomfort of it, it was powerfully validating, like a final finishing touch that takes good to great.

As Greta Gerwig said:

I knew I wanted to end on a mic drop kind of joke, but I also find it very emotional. When I was a teenage girl, I remember growing up and being embarrassed about my body, and just feeling ashamed in a way that I couldn’t even describe. It felt like everything had to be hidden.

And then to see Margot as Barbie, with this big old smile on her face, saying what she says at the end with such happiness and joy, I was like, if I can give girls that feeling of, ‘Barbie does it, too’ – that’s both funny and emotional. 

My reasons for how I felt about my body may have been different, but the feelings were the same. How I got to where I got my plumbing is as irrelevant as it was for Barbie because I now have it and today was as powerful, emotional, and joyful for me as it was for her.



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