Do Barbie Dolls Have a Negative Influence on Girls?

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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.
Barbie has possibly been the most famous doll in the world after her debut in 1959. She has represented fifty nationalities and has held over one hundred careers. Girls from age’s three to ten own at least one Barbie doll if not more. When people think of Barbie they think of a tall skinny supermodel woman with a perfect waist, perfect hair, perfect clothes, and a perfect life.
As a child I had about ten Barbie’s and the Barbie dream house. Because of this growing up I always felt self-conscious about my height, weight, looks, and even where I lived. I loved Barbie but, I always thought I wasn’t good enough. I wanted the perfect life Barbie had. It got to the point that I would get mad at my parents because we lived in an apartment and not in a house like Barbie. Now that I am older one would think I would be more self-confident, I am probably less self-confident now then I was when I was younger. As a child Barbie was the image of perfection, but now that I’m older and a cheerleader that idea has changed. 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 ...

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...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.

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