‘Barbie’ Has Women Grappling With Its Mixed Empowerment Messages

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Greta Gerwig’s film is a box-office juggernaut but cracks are starting to form among its feminist supporters

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Barbie” is a sure box office hit, but is it a feminist one?

As the movie was raking in moviegoers over its premiere weekend, women found themselves in a lively debate on whether they had the right to criticize the box office hit.

Among the most strident discourses on social media, women and others from marginalized groups prefaced their comments with statements akin to “It’s flawed, but I liked it” or suggested they were afraid to share any opinion perceived as critical.