After reading this poem I concluded that society in some ways compares woman to Barbie dolls, which in turn reflects the qualities that society values about women. Piercy does a wonderful job at showing societies perspective on the “perfect woman”. Her use of symbols, tone, and the comparison between the girl and Barbie allow the reader to see how society expects certain traits from females.
Was Barbie a feminist success for the time? Yes. Baby dolls were the only option allowing her the role as caretaker to the doll. Giving girls the opportunity to imagine a life outside of their surrounding in 1959 that included options is radical in like manner to the change making that any of the artists have created in this
Being one of the most controversial dolls in history, Barbie has broken barriers for women all over the world. Many parents don’t understand the benefits that Barbie provides for young girls. They only look to the negative side of her. Confidence is one of the biggest pros for Barbie. Young girls want to express themselves through fashion and makeup and Barbie is the biggest idol for that specific thing.
Just as mimicking, following the crowd is just as natural and common. Typically, when parents have daughters, the go-to toy just happen to be dolls, especially Barbies. Parents act on this choice unconsciously because of its popularity that appeals to many young girls and even parents. Child A receives a toy that Child B does not have. Yielding to Child B yearning for the toy Child A has, and eventually obtaining it.
Barbie has represented feminist aspirations for women as independent wage earners with positions equivalent to those of men. Girls who play with Barbie can imagine themselves as young adults pursuing those careers. On the negative side, Barbie’s unchanging body image and focus on fashion teaches children that femininity is connected to the physical appearance. Little girls are more likely to engage in make believe play centered around Barbie’s fashion, hair and makeup than exploring the skills and knowledge need to obtain a certain career goal marketed with that particular doll. The Barbie doll teaches an unrealistic body type is needed to be successful but seldom educations the young girl about the depicted
While playing with the old dolls, the young lady relates a story of two Barbies. This story of the hero's Barbie losing the fanciful Ken doll to an alternate young lady's Barbie uncovers the kid's disappointment also outrage at what she doesn't have which makes her feel subpar. This parallel to genuine living shows the kid's need of additional Barbies, regardless of the possibility that they are not flawless. In life you should see the positives of what you have regardless of social class, and not what you can’t have, but one should strive to get what you want to have.
"To every woman a happy ending" (25) continues society's deception that a woman is happy and fulfilled if she possesses physical beauty and acts in a certain manner. "Barbie Doll" offers a sad but realistic view of the drastic consequences that can occur from living in a society that judges young women by unrealistic, false, and superficial values. Too often society fails young women by refusing to recognize, appreciate, and value true beauty, that which lies in young girls' hearts, spirits, and characters. These are the only true things that make a young lady beautiful, and the only qualities that can provide lasting happiness.
Do you ever wonder why teenage girls have low self-confidence and are never satisfied with what they have? As young children, girls are indirectly taught what people think perfection looks like. Barbie portrays that exact image and life. Beginning at a young age girls are influenced by this doll, what they should look like, and what their life should be like. Young girls strive to achieve Barbie’s look which is life threatening to obtain.
The Barbie controversy started in 1959 when she was introduced to a toy fair in New York after becoming popular overseas. The controversies went from her being too lewd to being too thin, both reasons supposedly encouraging unacceptable thoughts in the minds of young girls. Although many believe that this toy is harmful, we need to see that Barbie is just an innocent toy that promotes positive imagination of future careers and self-image in our young generation of females. At the request of many who say that Barbie gives an overly sexualized image of women to children, Barbie has undergone several breast reductions and waist-widening modifications to make her more acceptable not in the eyes of children, but in the eyes of the children’s parents. Even though her height has remained rather irrelevant through her 55 years of being alive, Barbie has been produced with several different feminine physiques and many different skin colors in an attempt to satisfy outraged people.
There is really only one way to solve this big debate between Barbie and everyone against this plastic doll. Have the mothers talk to their daughters when they are young, and make sure they understand that the toys they play with do not have to reflect what they should look like or be like. For that matter the daughters should not be able to watch TV, movies, or read magazines because for the most part all the girls and older women in the media are all like a Barbie in their own way. The solution is to stop blaming one toy doll that many girls have taken much joy playing with because there are girls in the world that have eating disorders or physical issues with them selves. Why not blame society for having certain ideals of what a girl should look like?