In essence, Barbie teaches girls not only that their options are endless, but also that it’s very possible to pursue a career and not give up your individual identity. “Through their [her children’s] play Barbara imagined their lives as adults. They used the dolls to reflect the adult world around them. They would sit and carry on conversations, making the dolls real people.” Ruth Handler had big plans for this little doll when she came up with the idea, and has since provided a creative outlet for little girls everywhere to act out their hopes and dreams.
I myself am still the owner of 10-12 well-worn Barbie dolls. They are the outcome of much begging and pleading with my parents and their many unsuccessful attempts at getting me to stop sucking my thumb. Barbie was fascinating to me because she was a woman, not a baby like my other dolls. My sister and I spent hours creating complex "grown-up" scenarios with Barbie and her counterparts. Although I have fond memories of those afternoons of make-believe, I am now a more consciences adult aware of Barbie's shortcomings as such a powerful cultural icon. Although some people would call Barbie a feminist due to her multiple careers and her independent, fun-loving personality, I now see that Barbie’s unrealistic body size, her association with consumerism, and her potent sexuality make her a negative and harmful American icon.
To conclude, I think that Barbie was and is a historic piece in our society. From her dramatic reveal to the controversy that plagues her image, Barbie held her head high, trying her best to be adorned and recognized by girls throughout the world.
Barbie dolls help stereotype girls by making them the airheads type. Mattel Toy makes the doll with big breast and always a blonde hair doll that always has a boyfriend to the side of her. The always have things that includes with her like with its line of dolls outfits and accessories. For example Mattel toys recently introduced Cool Shoopin' Barbie with an unlimited credit limit MasterCard that sings credit approved when run through a tiny toy scanner (Hua 1998) ...
Although Barbie was created as a toy for girls, the sexual nature of the doll suggests it was created for the pleasure of men and envy of women. Prager compares the figure of Barbie to the kind of women who would be seen in the Playboy mansion or be a frequent guest on explicit television shows. This is the image of a mans...
It was very common to have a Barbie doll growing up, and it wasn’t just a toy, it was a representation of a “perfect life”. From dream houses, to boats, cars, a perfect boyfriend to exiting careers, Barbie had the perfect life. Barbie had the perfect lifestyle AND the perfect body, long legs, small waist and a curvy chest. This taught children from a very young age that having a boyfriend, a career, a house and a petite body is very important. (Worldpress 2011). Barbie’s “attention has been generated by the secondary role she plays in popular culture the artifact of female representation” (Wright 2003). Barbie isn’t just a toy, she mimics
Barbie is the figurehead of a brand of Mattel dolls and accessories, including other family members and collectible dolls. Barbie has been an important part of the toy fashion doll market for over fifty years, and has been the subject of numerous controversies and lawsuits, often involving parody of the doll and her lifestyle.
“Barbie Doll” by Marge Piercy is the epitome of what views from society can affect you. The title itself has a deeper meaning. A Barbie doll is known for its ideal physique, perfect hair and teeth, and an incredible wardrobe. It is a fake impression of a women’s appearance that is generally played with by little girls. It is an icon around the world and role model to many young girls. Young girls are impressionable and their self-esteem is not fully mature. “This girlchild was born as usual and presented dolls that did pee-pee and miniature GE stoves and irons and wee lipsticks the color of cherry candy” (Piercy). This little girl is like any other girl. She is presented with dolls to play with, and other toys to pra...
Although sales have declined in recent years, for many women my age (high, low and in-between), Barbie is a well remembered part of our childhood. For better or worse, Barbie did symbolize a sort of rite of passage for me anyway. That said, among the chief complaints about the dolls concerns their fetishization/exaggeration of the female form and the product line's lack of diversity.
The fact that Barbie is changing girls no linger have to grow up comparing them selves to Barbie, but that wont stop society from doing it. In the article “Don’t make Barbie’s Body Crises Ours” Mixture and Shire announced, ‘Barbie’s Fashionista line of dolls will now offer three different body types” tall, petite, and most notably, curvy” (qtd. In Mixture and Shire). The Barbie Industry is finally stating to add variety of things to the way she looks so girls do not have to grow up thinking they have to look a specific way. The industry doing this is great because girls growing up can be more confident in them selves. “Little girls grew up idolizing Barbie as the perfect woman, the ultimate model of feminine beauty with her impossible to achieve body”. Now that she is changing makes a huge difference on the way girls will at them selves growing up (qtd. In Mixture and Shire). Barbie changing will be an impact on girls growing up because now they can be happy with the way they look. They can be more confident and they will not have to compare them selves to just being tall, skinny, and