Julianne M., mom to one daughter, explained, "A doll with ... ... middle of paper ... ...ith accessories such as hats and a few different wigs. (Daily Mail Reporter.) As you can see, Barbie isn’t a vulgar doll. She may have her negative perks but overall, she is a wonderful influence. Being one of the most controversial dolls in history, Barbie has broken barriers for women all over the world.
The show provides viewers not only with the full name and ages of these young girls, but also their hometown. Given all of the social media and internet, think about how simple it would be for a pedophile to track down these innocent young girls and take advantage of them. Annette Hill, owner of the Universal Royal Beauty Pageant, quotes, "When we talk high-glitz, we mean the glitzier the better, and we make no apologies for it," (Skip Hollandsworth). The more that the child looks like a Barbie, the higher they will score. These little girls deserve to have a typical childhood, and not be forced to live vicariously through their parents.
In addition, the Disney princess Jasmine from the movie Aladdin also uses her beauty and body, which support the idea girls exposing their bodies to support raunch culture. Her body image is hard to miss. She has an hourglass figure to the point where her waistline is non-existing. Her provocative outfits such as her belly shirts and baggy pants that distract the audience from her intelligence and make her out to be desi... ... middle of paper ... ...vy provokes strong, emotional reactions from her readers by providing a narrative about the television show Girls Gone Wild in order to criticize how the company pressures women to expose themselves on camera. Levy reveals that the cameramen of Girls Gone Wild receive bonuses for capturing a hot girl flashing her breasts on camera as opposed to a normal girl (12-13).
Just as Barbie’s life is filled with exciting material things, as depicted in the books and movies starring Barbie, the young g... ... middle of paper ... ...this can be viewed as a happy ending is because the young woman no longer has to try to conform to society. Marge Piercy has ironically paired a suicidal girl with the well know child’s toy Barbie. By giving the poem the title “Barbie Doll”, Piercy shows how society expected the girl in the poem to attain the desired qualities of a “perfect woman”. This masterpiece allows the reader to see inside the world of this troubled young woman who differs from the norms of society. 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.
This sends a message to young girls that they need to look perfect in order to be happy in life. By allowing media to send the message to young girls that they need to look perfect, serious problems occur with their bodies and their minds. Discussing examples of media portraying unattainable beauty, the effects it can have on young girls, and ways to prevent the awful effects is necessary to understand this phenomenon. Most girls have played with a Barbie doll while growing up. But Barbie dolls are another example of the unattainable beauty image that is being forced on young girls.
Not only is Barbie tall, skinny, and beautiful, she has all the luxurious accessories to match her perfect life. To go along with her perfect life she is accompanied with the perfect boyfriend, family and dream house.At a young age girls are also being influenced by this doll, what they should look like, and what kind of life they sgould lead. Young girls strive to achieve this look which is life threatening to obtain. Regardless to the changes they made to Barbie, she is still far from real. Little girls that are mature enough don’t strive to look like Barbie because she’s just a plastic doll.
Is it acceptable for toddler girls under the age of six to dress and act the way a twenty-six year old women would dress and act, just to participate in child beauty pageants? Young girls dressed in revealing clothing, being caked in make-up, getting fake tans, wearing fake eyelashes, teeth, hair, and nails, or even performing extremely mature routines are a few reasons pertaining to why it is unacceptable for toddlers to be in the modeling industry. Beauty pageants are very popular in the United States, and are growing rapidly (A Beauty Pageant Ban). Toddlers and Tiaras is a popular television show promoting children in beauty pageants causing contestant entries to rise. It’s estimated in the United States alone each year 250,000 children compete in child pageants of that, over 100,000 are girls under the age of twelve (Rapport).
Naturally, young girls love to dress-up as their mothers and wear their make-up, clothing, and heels. Children’s imagination and inclination to pretend characterizes childhood. However, in the world of pageantry, there is a blur between little girls’ imagination and transforming into a fake “persona.” Although some parents believe beauty pageants are healthy competition for children, beauty pageants exploit young girls by glamorizing perfection, unrealistically portraying girls as “Barbies,” and by setting a superficial expectation in which self-esteem ties to attractiveness. Some people believe that beauty pageants hinder self-growth and heighten self-hate. In beauty pageants, children are instructed to “cover” themselves with heaps of make-up and wear of façade of sorts.
Girls are influenced by the dolls they play with, the clothes they see, and the pressure to look a certain way. The dolls that girl’s play with can influence them psychologically in how they think a woman should act, and gives them the idea that being hypersexual is okay. Barbie is a hot item when it comes to little girls that is all they want. Fashion expert Stephanie Hoskins talks about the effect Barbie has on young girls. Barbie is popular and she has so many clothes, what girl would not want to be like Barbie.
Television shows and movies depict the pretty, sexy girls as being associated with the popular crowd (APA 6). The APA has noted that advertisements use a blurred framework known as “trickle up” and “trickle down” with the sole purpose of making girls appear to be more adult like, and women to appear more child-like. For example, network TV aired a Victoria Secret’s Christmas themed fashion starring models dressed up to look like children. They strutted across the runway in baby doll lingerie as they dragged stuffed animals behind them (APA 12). Music is overflowing with songs that sexualize and degrade women (APA 6).