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.
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.
Mattel has an "I can be.." line that sells Barbie dolls in 125 different occupations. In this case, Barbie is not promoting something impossible. She has had a large variety of jobs, everything from waitress to astronaut. Freedom for women Toy to play with (kids can creative) CONS Body image One of the most controversial aspects of Barbie is her appearance. Her body is widely criticized for being too thin and out of proportion.
These negative effects are not merely suspected, but have been proven through years of research. Barbie Dolls, possibly the most popular toy for any little girl, actually can cause unfair expectations in young girls as to what they should look like, and how they should be. Barbies are thin, with shapely bodies, beautiful long hair, and makeup plastered all over their faces. Barbies come with all different types of clothing and accessories, “dream houses”, and cars. Barbie represents the doll that can do anything.
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
Meanwhile, on the other side of the world, Tasmanian artist Sonia Singh participates in this movement using Bratz dolls for her subjects. As Natural Girls United introduces girls to the concept of black glamour and representation, Singh repurposes her dolls with the intention to celebrate girlhood and respect the environment. She does not consider her artistic process a feminist act and removes herself from the conversation about race and identity in relation to her work. In her words, this is a hobby she shares with her daughter, she is simply a mom who travels to 2nd hand shops to rescue unloved dolls so they do not go to waste. At the encouragement of her husband, she posted her creations to Tumbler, which to her surprise, caused her dolls