We may know the most controversial piece of molded plastic formed into the shape of an out of proportion woman with blonde hair. Her name is Barbara Millicent Roberts, or as we know her, Barbie. With her odd portrayal of a woman, many believe that Barbie should be banned for suggesting to young girls that a woman only has one image to strive for. But Barbie is no more than a “piece of plastic” molded into something that looks nothing like a woman at all; she is a simply innocent child’s toy that should never be used as a tool for feminists. 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.
The original barbie doll has a negative influence on growing children. They create a negative outlook on the body. If the barbie were blown up to human size the measurements would be an unrealistic 40-18-32 and 6’2” tall. This can discourage children and result in them growing up to hate everyone that doesn’t look exactly like them since the barbies all looked the same. Barbie’s body shape can cause children to have eating disorders in the future due to wanting to look as perfect as a doll. Barbie also never gives insight to femininity by making her live a full happy perfect life with all the careers. Some may say that barbie’s are a good influence on children because she’s such a inspiration. Having jobs like doctors is the only way to be successful. Furthermore, people might disagree that barbie’s body has a negative effect on self love by saying that young girl’s should strive to look like her because it’s healthy. They could also reason by saying that the child playing with these dolls could give feminine properties to the
“Our Barbies, Ourselves” by Emily Prager made me think about Barbie in a totally different way. Emily describes Barbie and the problems she has caused. Were the problems real or did people just overthink everything? She did a wonderful job bringing out the how Barbie has affected the world and what was good and bad about the doll. Before reading this article, I never knew that Barbie was designed by a man, or why someone even created Barbie. I just always knew I loved playing Barbie with my twin sister. Barbie was created by a weapon designer Jack Ryan. Why did a weapon designer create a Barbie doll? Why did he create her during the time of the feminist movement? Also, the article talks about how Ken is sexless compared to Barbie, and that
Barbie, an American icon that was a product of the Mattel Company, revolutionized the lives of young girls and women for many decades. The creation of Barbie, meant for many young girls the opportunity to have choices during a time when women were limited. Although, Barbie has long been criticized for being associated with domesticity and her appearance among many other things, she is nonetheless an iconic figure in American History. As a female who grew up playing with Barbie dolls, for many people like myself, she was more than a toy, she was an influence that many woman have tried to emulate because she was an innovate figure in the 1960s and has continued to be well into today. The intention of this paper is to examine what were the intentions of Barbie doll creator Ruth Handler when the doll debuted in 1959 as well as the magnitude of Barbie’s impact on women and women’s history.
Although recently there have been some action being taken upon this issue, children toys have always seemed to be gender specific. For example, little boys are expected to only play with “masculine” toys such as action figures, toy cars, etc. and little girls with “feminine” toys such as baby dolls, kitchen sets, etc. These toys play a significant role in our society in shaping the way children are thinking beginning from a young age. However, of all the controversial toys, Barbie seems to take the cake for young girls. Barbie has transitioned throughout the years in order to adjust to her time period, which include the negative and positive aspects of that time, and reveal certain social constructs within our society such as the stereotypical views of
The History of Barbie Barbara Millicent Roberts was first debuted on March 9th, 1959, rocking her black and white swimsuit waiting to take over the world! Barbie was the first three dimensional doll introduced in America relicted after the German doll, stemming from paper dolls (www.Barbiemedia.com) . Since barbie came out in 1959 she has been rolling through the years, acquiring fashions and looks from each decade she lives in. Her journey began in the sixties and is still going today in 2016. Barbies’ fashion is incredible, and even was handmade at a time, some clothing items are even worth a lot of money.
I’m a Barbie girl in a Barbie world! Life in plastic, it’s fantastic! Ask almost anyone and they will be able to continue the Barbie theme song. American businesswoman named Ruth Handler, created the Barbie brand in 1959. Barbie is typically a tall, skinny, blonde who is in a long-term relationship with her boyfriend Ken, and has had at least 100 jobs. Barbie has become an American icon; she is present in almost every girl’s childhood for some period of time. Barbie is a well known, long lasting company and overall a good role model to young girls.
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
Barbie Dolls have been around since 1959 and what just seemed to be a harmless doll for young girls to play with, turned to a doll that would make every little girl worry about their insecurities. The Barbie doll was made to be the perfect example of what a girl is supposed to be. There has been a lot of controversy surround Barbie dolls because of the effects that it can have on little girls growing up. All girls that grew up playing with Barbies always expected that one day they grow up to be like Barbie. To much of their surprise they never grew up to be like Barbie because no one could ever been as perfect as Barbie. Another major problem with Barbie was that she was that Barbie only came in one color. Barbies were caucasian with blonde hair and blue eyes. For all the girls that did not have all of that it brought many insecurities growing up. In the poem “Barbie Doll” by Marge Piercy, Piercy writes a story about a nameless girl that lived a