The Pros and Cons of Barbie

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Those perfect days as a child when your countless days were filled with playtime. The time to set up those houses and dress the dolls up, and act out the future. “Through their play Barbara imagined their lives as adults. They used the dolls to reflect the adult world around them. They would sit and carry on conversations, making the dolls real people” (Ruth Handler). As a young child, it is all you look forward to in your future: being successful and confident, loved and cherished. Many dolls were used to project this. Specifically, the Barbie. Barbie is a positive role model girl should look up to for confidence and inspiration. She is a talented and educated career woman, self-sufficient in every aspect of her life, and a stunning example to young girls the body that is healthy and fit. In a way, Barbie is a role model for girls to look to for confidence, because she is extremely talented and educated, and is considered the example of a career woman. Juggling over 130 careers on her resume, Barbie has accomplished the above and beyond. From rock start to pilot,Barbie has had every job a child could possibly ever dream about. This includes her being an astronaut and going to the moon; four years before Neil Armstrong. Even in the 90s, she ran for president before woman even made the presidential ballot. “My whole philosophy of Barbie was that through the doll, the little girl could be anything she wanted to be. Barbie always represented the fact that a woman has choices.” From the start Ruth Handler, the co-owner of the Mattel creations and creator of the Barbie doll, created Barbie for the purpose of inspiration to young girls. Handler saw that her young daughter, Barbara, enjoyed playing with adult female doll... ... middle of paper ... ...to their future. Works Cited "Eating Disorders." Doctors, Patient Care, Health Education, Medical Research. N.p., n.d. Web. 20 Jan. 2014. "Girls' Attitudes Survey 2013." Girls Attitudes Video. N.p., n.d. Web. 22 Jan. 2014. Jones, Abigail. "The Ultimate Career Woman." Forbes. Forbes Magazine, 05 Mar. 2009. Web. 22 Jan. 2014. "Problem-solving with Teenagers." Raising Children Network. Raising Children Network, n.d. Web. 22 Jan. 2014. "Ruth Handler Marketing Toys." PBS. PBS, n.d. Web. 22 Jan. 2014. Stone, Tanya Lee. The Good, the Bad, and the Barbie: A Doll's History and Her Impact on Us. New York: Penguin Group, 2010. Print. "Teen Eating Disorders: Tips to Protect Your Teen." - Mayo Clinic. Mayo Clinic Staff, n.d. Web. 22 Jan. 2014. Vigee-LeBrun, Elizabeth. "HUMAN PROPORTIONS." Human Figure Drawing Proportions. Donald A. Jusko, n.d. Web. 22 Jan. 2014.
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