Margie Pearcy's "Barbie Doll" Margie Pearcy's "Barbie Doll" details the image that society projects upon and expects from its young female population. From an early age these young women struggle to conform to the standards that society has defined for them. The results often are disastrous, leading to emotional conflicts that are often difficult if not impossible to resolve. Beautiful, flawless dolls such as Barbie are frequently the first source of association that little girls have with the values placed on them by society. Parents give little toddlers dolls, miniature stoves, and cherry-candy colored lipsticks (2-4) for playthings.
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.
Furthermore, these same girls are resorting to extreme methods in order to feel like they fit in such as taking unhealthy weight loss pills and developing eating disorders. Advertising has caused more harm than good in this particular situation by compelling girls to feel like they cannot be themselves. Even fashion trends have added to this downfall of women’s individualism. Teenage girls feel the need to match the current fashion trend, no matter how expensive, just so they can feel the same as everybody else. As Andrew Delbanco explains in his work, The Real American Dream, consumer culture has the power to “evacuate the self” (105).
By that I mean let the girls be who they really are instead of getting them all glammed up and walking around like human dolls. Parents dressing four year old girls in adult style clothes and makeup with big hair and tanning spray are plotting a Barbie kind of future for their girls. (Freymark) Research shows that reinforcing emphasis on looks and attractiveness leads to negative body image, disordered eating, depression, anxiety and low self-esteem. (Freymark) For me I don’t even understand why you would want to continue in pageants if you were to know how much damage it could do to yourself. It is extremely sad so the little girls get judged by their appearance without the judges giving a hoot about their actual personality.
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).
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
Children female beauty pageants such as the televised show “Toddlers and Tiaras,” have a bad influence on young girls. The show more or over is a reality show of young girls in between the ages of as young as 3 months and older. Truly, this is poisoning their brains. Not only are they poisoning the young childs brains, but teaching them that face and body image is everything. It does not help the young girls self-esteem; it is damaging them morally in the real sense that they are real people that are being taught looks are important.
A way to think of how Barbie’s have played a huge role in many girls’ lives is to think of how young boys that played with toy trucks and plastic tools were to them. Both of these toys were something that both girls and boys liked to play with growing up. While the girls would be inside playing Barbie wit... ... middle of paper ... ...tly to blame for making girls think that they should be sexually successful women modeled after Barbie (Life 3). Many women are blaming everything wrong with those girls in the world that have problems based on how Barbie looks, and that the doll somehow makes these girls think they should too. There is really only one way to solve this big debate between Barbie and everyone against this plastic doll.
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.
Even though her height has remained rather irrelevant through her 55 years of being alive, Barbie has been produced with several different feminine physiques and many different skin colors in an attempt to satisfy outraged people. She started out as a fashion doll that needed unrealistic proportions to help her numerous outfits fit better, but somewhere along the way her harmless journey became stained with the accusations of feminists. Even after takin... ... middle of paper ... ...at Barbie is a tool of destruction, we should take the time and consider what our young generation will have to admire if we take away our only form of clear, innocent, feminine success. Works Cited Alter, Charlotte. "Doctor Barbie Doesn't Make Girls Want To Be Doctors."