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.
Barbie is a fashion doll manufactured by the American toy-company Mattel, Inc. and launched in March 1959. American businesswoman Ruth Handler is credited with the creation of the doll using a German doll called Bild Lilli as her inspiration. Barbie is the figurehead of a brand of Mattel dolls and accessories, including other family members and collectible dolls. Barbie has been an important part of the toy fashion doll market for over fifty years, and has been the subject of numerous controversies and lawsuits, often involving parody of the doll and her lifestyle. History Ruth Handler watched her daughter Barbara play with paper dolls, and noticed that she often enjoyed giving them adult roles.
Push-up bikini Tops, Pole dancing kits, overly sexy dolls, thongs with suggestive sayings, and pregnant barbies, all of these products are being marketed to your children. Girls as young as 6 or 7 years of age, just starting kindergarten, are being targeted by many companies who are convinced that they are doing absolutely nothing wrong. But experts say that these toys can leave a negative impression that can cause all kinds of problems both emotional and physical on a young girl’s life. The Peek-a-boo Pole Dancing Kit was first introduced in Europe by TESCO, a local toy making company, as a toy marketed to children as young a 4 years of age. This toy came equipped with a 26 meter (8 ft 6in) tall chrome pole, a “sexy” dance garter, and even an instructional DVD that taught children how to get the most out of their new toy.
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Myranda Ogles Ms. Rollins English III 7 May 2014 Barbie’s Negative Effects on Girls’ Self-Esteem and Body Image The first Barbie introduced was an 11-inch tall and curvaceous adult figured doll. It was debuted on March 9, 1959 by a California toy company. Ever since then, Barbie’s body has been critiqued for her voluptuous frame. Parents first claimed she had “to much of a figure” and children started idolizing her for that reason. Soon after, Barbie was advertised strictly just for children through mass media.
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
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She is a doctor, surgeon, and jet pilot among many other professions, but also encourages stereotypical domestic activities like baking and cleaning. Barbie, a doll manufactured by Mattel, Inc., encourages an unrealistic body image, racial insensitivity, and contradictive goals, and it is having a negative influence on young girls everywhere.
They are the outcome of much begging and pleading with my parents and their many unsuccessful attempts at getting me to stop sucking my thumb. Barbie was fascinating to me because she was a woman, not a baby like my other dolls. My sister and I spent hours creating complex "grown-up" scenarios with Barbie and her counterparts. Although I have fond memories of those afternoons of make-believe, I am now a more consciences adult aware of Barbie's shortcomings as such a powerful cultural icon. Although some people would call Barbie a feminist due to her multiple careers and her independent, fun-loving personality, I now see that Barbie’s unrealistic body size, her association with consumerism, and her potent sexuality make her a negative and harmful American icon.