Feral Cheryl: The Socially Conscious Alternative To Barbie


| December 1, 2000


Feral Cheryl: The Socially Conscious Alternative To Barbie,feralcheryl.com
In 1995, Lee Duncan created Feral Cheryl--a doll with 'dark hair, a realistic body shape and pubic hair'--as a gag gift for her sister's birthday. Since then this Barbie doll competitor from Australia has captured worldwide attention. Her website boasts, 'Feral Cheryl has been seen on London TV, at a Californian science fiction writers conference, and is taken to regular music gigs by musicians from Las Vegas to Byron Bay.' The name comes from Australia's green extremists, which the Aussies call 'ferals.' Though started as a joke, Duncan also wanted to create an alternative to the blond fashion doll: one that needs no accessories. Unless you live in Australia, you'll have to order Feral Cheryl by December 7 if you want to get this doll by Christmas.
--Sara V. Buckwitz
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