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  • 17 May 2013, 10:39

Feminists protest opening of Barbie house

Barbie Dreamhouse /Rex

Protesters outnumbered fans at the opening of a life-sized Barbie house in Berlin.

Demonstraters burned a doll on a cross at the opening of the Mattel toy's fictional Malibu 'Dreamhouse' in the German capital.

Security guards swiftly ejected the protesters from the site, near the city's Alexanderplatz.

The Barbie Dreamhouse in Berlin is the second such theme house after a similar one opened recently in Florida.

For an entry price of 22 Euro, visitors can fully immerse themselves in the pink world of Barbie. They can check out Barbie's walk-in wardrobes and even 'try on' her outfits using a digital mirror.

But Michael Koschitzki, editor at Socialist Alternative, said the attraction presented the idea that there were only two career options for women: model or pop star

He told German newspaper Der Spiegel. "The Barbie Dreamhouse is the expression of a conventional role model that isn't OK."

The Barbie Dreamhouse will remain in the German capital until August before going on tour around Europe.