Many young girls who play with Barbie dolls have realized that she is just a doll. Some of these little girls don’t have the desire to look like Barbie; they just think Barbie is just a doll that they play with and leave them everywhere. At a young age girls are given their first Barbie doll and thought what “perfect” should be. Barbie portrays the perfect image and life. Not only is Barbie tall, skinny, and beautiful, she has all the luxurious accessories to match her perfect life.
She wanted a doll that young girls could relate to. So she created a “Teenage Fashion Model.” With an impossibly hourglass figure, her wasp-waist, pointy breasts (which were in fashion in the 50’s), slim hips and never-ending legs, Barbie was an idol for most young girls. Although, the parents of these young girls disagreed with the appearance of the doll. Many parents said she looked more like a sex pot than a toy for young girls. (Teresa) Her black lined sultry eyes, pointy brows, and red lips were very adult like characteristics.
Is Barbie the model woman? For generations girls have played with this doll and many have aspired to be just like her: the party girl, career women and the beauty queen all wrapped into one. In Marge Piercy’s poem entitled “Barbie Doll” the title foreshadows the theme of the poem which is that girls are ultimately and fatally entrapped by society’s narrow definitions of feminine behavior and beauty. When Piercy compares the young lady in the poem to a Barbie doll she is revealing the irony of the title. In “Barbie Doll” the speaker is aware of the events taking place in the young girls’ life; however, the speaker does not know how the young girl feels about the events that are taking place.
For decades, the doll has sold right off store shelves with its ability to provide a positive role model for young girls and stimulate the imaginations of both the young and old. With her beach blond hair and ownership of almost every pink accessory ever made, Barbie has grown to become one of the most influential dolls of all times. Though initially created to provide a positive role model for young girls and women, the Barbie doll has inadvertently come to misrepresent the image of beauty for women. Through her superficial and overly beautified appearance, Barbie reflects the importance placed on being seen as beautiful for women. Barbie has transformed herself from a simple doll to a household name worldwide.
These numbers indicate that Barbie is still a big part of our culture and lives, and although controversy surrounds her at every step, she still manages to be a well known, sought after woman. Let's delve into the history of how this woman came to be. Barbie was created by Ruth Handler, whose husband co-founded Mattel, the world's largest toy company. She noticed a gap in the market as she saw her daughter, Barbra, playing with adult paper dolls. At the time, the market for young girls was focused on baby dolls, but Barbra and her friends preferred to play with a grown-up version, dressing them up in outfits and pretending they were the grown up women they were playing with.
She has undergone 21 surgeries her own quest for “perfection.” Because girls are impressionable at all ages, Barbie targets young girls to fantasize about being perfect. Girls look at Barbie and believe they can obtain all of her attributes, while in reality that would be impossible. Having a goal to be an astronaut or pediatrician seems probable at young ages, but the image of Barbie and all of her successes are never a result of schooling, hardships, or any stresses that would face them today. A fantasy world is built up and is deemed probable because of the one-sided point of view of Barbie. Slumber Party Barbie was introduced in 1965 and came with a bathroom scale permanently set at 110 lbs with a book entitled: ‘How to Lose Weight” with directions inside simply stating ‘Don’t eat.’ Body dysmorphic disorder is defined as “a psychological disorder i... ... middle of paper ... ...oung age and continued to be pressed into their minds forever.
Marketing of these movies aims at a group of young girls whose families are, or are moving towards, middle-class. Additionally companies like Disney have already flooded the market with princess products ready to cash in on any consumers. It has meaning, to make a
The toy company Mattel, Inc. debuted the Barbie doll on March 9, 1959. The co-founder of the company, Ruth Handler, realized there was a need for young girls to play make-believe with a doll that allowed them to imagine the future as adult women. Until that time the toy industry had offered dolls that encourage girls to play “mother”. The dolls were babies or young children. Dolls representing adults were typically paper dolls that did not relate to little girls imagining what they could grow up to be.
Yielding to Child B yearning for the toy Child A has, and eventually obtaining it. Since its release in 1959, Barbies and its popularity had expanded to many young girls all over the world. Growing up, my very own grandmother had grown up during the release of Mattel’s revolutionary creation. Generations have adopted Barbies into their children’s lives. However, outliers are present because others view that Barbie serves as a bad role model to young girls because of her unrealistic features.
Should Barbie get a makeover? I feel that if this question is rearranged to say, ‘Should Barbie get a makeover to become what society believes to be ‘average’ or ‘normal’, the answer becomes clear, no. Barbie’s human body size characteristic may be unrealistic, but the doll isn’t a human shrunk down to play size. For instance, in the movie “Life-Sized” a girl’s doll comes to life. While it may be that in this movie the doll had a hard time adapting to life as a human, she eventually got the gist of having a career and living life the way everyone wanted