In puberty, during these most tumultuous years, the girl child is dealt a cruel blow by a peer who tells her she has a "big nose and fat legs" (5-6). Here we see the beginning of the conflict that will plague the young girl. The second of stanza of "Barbie Doll" demonstrates the inner conflict these young girls are experiencing as they become acutely aware of how different they may be from what society perceives as the ideal female. Although a girl can be healthy and intelligent, it is not expected for her to possess the physical qualities of "strong arms and back, abundant sexual drive and manual dexterity" (8-9). These typify male traits, and young girls begin to perceive these as negative and unnatural for themselves.
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.
Or does she symbolize sex, a false body image, and an unacheivable identity? Barbie’s not going anywhere, and chances are, she will be sitting on the next generation’s bedroom shelf, wearing the latest clothing, and still displaying her bright smile. It is up to our generation, as mothers and fathers, to teach our baby girls who Barbie really is. It is important they not only love Barbie for her unattainable beauty, but for her strong feminity.
Because of my height I’m a flyer the person that always get thrown around because of this I feel I always have to be watching my weight and look a certain way or I’ll no longer be a flyer. Galia Slayen a Hamilton college student attempted to build a life size Barbie doll. She discovered that ... ... middle of paper ... ...ome solely come from looks it also come from a person’s personality. Barbie does have negative influences on young girls even if it isn’t evident at a young age it can affect them later on in life. What many girls forget when comparing themselves to Barbie is that plastic can be molded any which way, but people aren't plastic, and in transforming your body to become "plastic", fatal consequences are at risk.
Barbie became a huge success despite the negative feedback they received. In 1963, Barbie released an additional doll which included a book in her packaging title “How to lose weight and recommended “Don’t eat”!”. “From the beginning, the 11.5-inch toy has also been a proxy for battles over the role of women in society.” (Dockterman). As the doll carries much controversy of how a women’s body is supposed to look like, the National Organization for Women begin a strike in New York in 1970. “Some marchers carry signs reading “I Am Not a Barbie Doll.” (Dockterman).
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). Her small figure seems to bother many women, leading to criticism about her body being criticized because of her measurements which wouldn’t be able to be maintained by an actual human. Putting aside her physique, her props also state that math is hard, which is a general statement that not just Barbie has but many people that are considered to be role models may have (Barbie a weighty problem for girls web). A fourteen year old considers Barbie a colossal waste of time because she encourages girls to be ovsessed with their outfits and looks rather than education (Stone 56).
The popularity of child beauty contests seems to be increasing dramatically every year causing more and more controversy as time goes on. Many people do not agree with children being forced to fulfill their parents' dream by taking place in a pageant .It is very common for young girls to be obsessed over Barbie dolls, the perfect hair combined with the flawless makeup has provided a fantasy idol for all young girls to look up to, but who would have thought the doll would come to life as a 5 year old girl competing in a beauty pageant? Child beauty contests encourage Barbie stereotypes to prevail. These young girls go to very drastic measures to achieve the flawless Barbie doll look. They are spending hours after hours practicing their routines, interviews and perfecting there unrecognizable faces meanwhile spending thousands of pounds on outfits,hair and spray tans.
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The popular toy Barbie has suffered an extreme amount of criticism due to the way in which it portrays the female physique. Barbie is known as a cultural icon in western societies and it has been estimated that 99% of young girls from ages 3- 10 have owned at least one Barbie doll. Fashion model Cindy Jackson, perfectly describes the relationship Barbie dolls have with many other females and has been quoted saying “This is what I want to look like, I think a lot of little 6-year-old girls or younger even now are looking at that doll and thinking I want to be her.” (CITE). The major problem with young girls trying to resemble Barbie’s looks is that because due to her thin stature her body proportions and weight would be physically impossible to exist. Fantasy play with dolls and action figures is a major socialization tool that many young children use.
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.