Photo credit: Random House
Readers have slammed a Barbie picture book for portraying men as more capable than women in technology, the Daily Mail reported on Wednesday.
Titled "I Can be a Computer Engineer," the $4.99 children's book last published by Random House in 2013 shows Barbie as a computer engineer who turns to her male friends for help when she makes several mistakes.
One reviewer on Amazon gave the book one star and highlighted one of Barbie's first sentences: "I'm only creating the design idea, I'll need Steven and Brian's help to turn it into a real game."
A Barbie representative apologized to the Mail in a statement and said the book was published in 2010. And "since that time we have reworked our Barbie books."
The statement added that the portrayal of Barbie didn't reflect the brand's vision. "We believe girls should be empowered to understand that anything is possible and believe they live in a world without limits."