When I grow up I want to look Just Like Barbie Throughout many generations of media publicity, women and girls have publicized and influenced to look like supermodels and in return this leads to them not genuinely loving themselves for who they truly are. There is many causes and effects to these insecurities and one of them had been from childhood girls comparing themselves to Barbie made by Mattel. Barbie herself comes from a long line of controversy of love and hate as well as changes with her appearance. Barbie was inspired based off of the original call-girl character named Lilli, which was a German doll. In 1956, Barbie’s creator Ruth Handler seen the doll while she traveled to Europe and got the inspiration to make a similar doll
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. Not many arguments or tests are done on the positive effects of Barbie. Sure, she is a role model but what about when girls set goals for themselves and later in life do not meet these expectations? Unlike Barbie, most of these goals are unrealistic and cannot be met. Barbie provies alternatives to the female stereotype of a mother and wife, but marriage isn’t perfect like the way it is portrayed.
Tragically and ironically, the girl is recognized as pretty only in death as noted in line 23. Even here, however, society fails to see the "real" person. They see the image that a misguided society has created. The author writes, "Consummation at last" (24) to convey to us that in death the girl has achieved society's goal for her, to mold her into a real life Barbie Doll. "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.
A role model is often imitated. Her make-up and outfits are chic, “but some girls may interpret these outfits as a sign that you need to look a certain way in order to be allowed to step into roles previously held only by men” (Lee 53). When Barbie was first released many mother’s refused to buy the beloved Barbie’s for their daughter’s, they would sought out to buy them Barbie’s younger sister Skipper, who lacked Barbie’s wom... ... middle of paper ... ...nd her props have added to the controversy. A massive audience concluded that her props encouraged girls to engross about their weight (Lord 229). In one of her many sets a book was included that giving tips about losing weight and one of the tips that was included was “don’t eat” ( Lord 230).
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.
Stating the doll was an unrealistic image of what a woman should look like physically. Consequently, customers frequently critiqued Barbie’s wardrobe. Some stated there was no correlation between the career and wardrobe. Focusing on the importance of the doll's appearance rather than the occupation she is representing. Often times the outfits were moving away from the initial purpose of the ad, distracting the audience from the message “we girls can do anything.” If the brand was focused on Barbies career they would portray the image of a practical wardrobe.
Julianne M., mom to one daughter, explained, "A doll with ... ... middle of paper ... ...ith accessories such as hats and a few different wigs. (Daily Mail Reporter.) As you can see, Barbie isn’t a vulgar doll. She may have her negative perks but overall, she is a wonderful influence. Being one of the most controversial dolls in history, Barbie has broken barriers for women all over the world.
Soon after, Barbie was advertised strictly just for children through mass media. Although the Barbie doll is supposed to symbolize the various job opportunities for females, she has become the idea of what the country now sees as the “perfect woman” and is criticized around the world for her negative effects on girls’ self-esteem and eating habits. The average girl in America is raised up surrounded with images of Barbie’s body image. An overwhelming 99% of girls between the ages of three to twelve own at least one Barbie doll. Constantly surrounded by Barbie’s perfect body image can take a toll on one’s self-esteem and body perception.
Britannica Encyclopedia states that “Barbie is a plastic doll, 11.9 inches tall, with the figure of an adult woman that was introduced in 1959 by Mattel Inc.”1 The Barbie doll introduced and created by a woman by the name of Ruth Handler in the year 1955. The Barbie was a modifcation a German pornographic doll called Bild Lilli. This doll would forever affect our American youth with its abnormally perfect body. The doll is named after her daughter Barbara Handler now Barbara Handler Segal due to her marriage, the daughter of Ruth handler does not look like Barbie. Alongside the Barbie doll there was also a Ken doll know has Barbie's boyfriend the Ken doll was introduced in 1961 a few years after the Barbie doll.
There has always been controversy as to whether Barbie should be banned. Barbie dolls were created decades ago so little girls can play with them and relate to them somehow; therefore, Barbie should not be banned. Barbie dolls are good for society, little girls have understood diversity, and they enjoy playing with them; however drawbacks would be that some little girls do not have the maturity to appreciate the symbolic value of a Barbie doll, it has become an obsession to look like her and, she is not an appropriate role model. According to Lisa Belkin, Barbie is good for society because she’s fun to play with and she encourages little girls to use their imagination and dream big. Many young girls who play with Barbie dolls have realized that she is just a doll.