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Destructiveness of Feminine Idealism in Barbie Doll and Barbie-Q

- The phrase, Beauty is only skin deep, does not appear to apply in this era of idealism and perfectionism. From the time babies are born through their adulthood, they are raised to conform to specific social roles. Specifically, little girls are expected to grow up becoming perfect feminine beauties created to bare children and care for their homes and husbands. Sandra Cisnero's “Barbie-Q” and Marge Piercy’s “Barbie Doll” portray the female body and gender roles through the standards imposed by the society that is one of the flawless physical beauty; just like the Barbie doll; the perfect figure, hair, nails, and face and ready to adhere to the expected roles of bearing children, taking care...   [tags: Barbie Doll Essays]

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Barbie Doll Fantasy Exposed in Marge Piercy’s Barbie Doll

- Is Barbie the model woman. For generations girls have played with this doll and many have aspired to be just like her: the party girl, career women and the beauty queen all wrapped into one. In Marge Piercy’s poem entitled “Barbie Doll” the title foreshadows the theme of the poem which is that girls are ultimately and fatally entrapped by society’s narrow definitions of feminine behavior and beauty. When Piercy compares the young lady in the poem to a Barbie doll she is revealing the irony of the title....   [tags: Barbie Doll Essays]

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Marge Piercy’s Barbie Doll

- The Poem “Barbie Doll (1969)” by Marge Piercy describes the life of a young girl who fell victim to society’s idea of beauty. Marge Piercy was a known social activist and uses this poem to bring attention to serious issues facing young females in society. “Barbie Doll” by Marge Piercy is a narrative poem; the poem is written in free verse. The author selects a free form of poetry and other devices to help get her point across. The central message of this work is that society is obsessed with appearances....   [tags: Barbie Doll Essays]

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Marge Piercy’s Barbie Doll

- In Marge Piercy’s, “Barbie Doll,” we see the effect that society has on the expectations of women. A woman, like the girl described in ‘Barbie Doll’, should be perfect. She should know how to cook and clean, but most importantly be attractive according to the impossible stereotypes of womanly beauty. Many women in today’s society are compared to the unrealistic life and form of the doll. The doll, throughout many years, has transformed itself from a popular toy to a role model for actual women. The extremes to which women take this role model are implicated in this short, yet truthful poem....   [tags: Barbie Doll Essays]

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A Woman’s Place in Society Explored in Marge Piercy’s Barbie Doll

- The Poem “Barbie Doll (1969)” by Marge Piercy describes the life of a young girl who fell victim to society’s idea of beauty. Marge Piercy was a known social activist and uses this poem to bring attention to serious issues facing young females in society. In the first stanza the author begins the poem by introducing a little girl. In the first line of the poem Piercy presents the idea that this little girl was like any other average little girl. “This girlchild was born as usual”(line 1). She then goes on to say like other young girls this child was given a Barbie doll, complete with the accessories....   [tags: Barbie Doll Essays]

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Marge Piercy’s Barbie Doll

- 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....   [tags: Barbie Doll Essays]

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Analysis of the poem Barbie Doll, by Marge Piercy

- Barbie Doll’ written by Marge Piercy (1973) This girlchild was born as usual And presented dolls that did pee-pee And miniature GE stoves and irons And wee lipsticks the color of cherry candy. Then in the magic of puberty, a classmate said: You have a great big nose and fat legs. She was healthy, tested intelligent, Possessed strong arms and back, Abundant sexual drive and manual dexterity. She went to and fro apologizing. Everyone saw a fat nose on thick legs. She was advised to play coy, Exhorted to come on hearty, Exercise, diet, smile and wheedle....   [tags: Barbie Doll Essays]

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A Woman’s Place in Society Explored in Marge Piercy’s Barbie Doll

-      Society has a way of placing unrealistic expectations on women. By using television, magazines, billboards, and even toys we see a mold of what women are supposed to look like. In other words the perfect woman should look like a Barbie Doll. In Marge Piercy’s, “Barbie Doll,” we find a girl child growing up through the adolescence stage characterized by appearances and barbarity. Piercy uses lots of imagery to describe the struggles the girl experiences during her teenage years and the effects that can happen....   [tags: Barbie Doll Essays]

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The Classic Barbie Doll is Propaganda

- Looking at the surface of the classic Barbie doll, you see a plastic, pretty depiction of a young woman with tanned skin, blonde hair and blue eyes. Typically, looking at a Barbie you wouldn’t see any type of threat or negativity surrounding the harmless 10-inch doll. However, digging deeper beneath her plastic exterior, we can see the true effects this world-wide phenomenon has had on all different types of people and society as a whole. Before we begin to discuss the effects Barbie herself has had on society and our culture, we need to look into what propaganda and art are, and what makes them different from one another....   [tags: The use of Barbie as Propaganda]

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Marge Piercy 's Barbie Doll

- Marge Piercy’s “Barbie Doll” is a contemporary poem based on the idea of feminism. The characters include the “girlchild” (Piercy 1), a classmate (5), and everyone (11), else who can’t accept her for more than just her looks. In the first stanza, the child is born and is given all the toys that go along with her specific gender role. The child is encouraged to do the things that women are known to do. Once she reaches puberty, she is teased for having a different body type than others (6). This is the time that she becomes self conscious of her body, even though she seems to have many positive qualities....   [tags: Poetry, Stanza, Fashion doll, Bolesław Prus]

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Never Will Be That Redhead Barbie Doll

- Sandra Cisneros was born on December 20, 1954 in Chicago Illinois. Cisneros now lives in San Antonio, TX. Sandra Cisneros was the third child an only daughter out of 7 children. As a Latina, she writes a lot about her experiences in the United States. Sandra Cisneros is best known for her literary work “The House on Mango Street” written in 1991. In addition, Cisneros had received many awards for her work including Mac Arthur Fellowship, two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, and a Texas Medal of the Arts....   [tags: experiences, write, portaits]

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Movie Analysis : ' The Barbie Doll '

- There I was playing an intense soccer game out in a searing summer day. My grandparents, along with the rest of my family, were there at the beach to see my game. I was mostly known for how fast I was, so people referred to me as the “rapido piojo blanco,” which was the nickname my grandfather gave me since I was the only white person in my family. Being a child I never realized how precious time spent with family really is until it was taken away. After every soccer game, my family and I would watch a movie....   [tags: United States, Family, U.S. state, Time]

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The Beauty Of A Barbie Doll

- Barbie is today’s beauty ideals packaged up into a cardboard box to be sold to millions of young girls around the world. Barbie has long blond hair, blue eyes, fair skin and a slim, shapely body. When girls become teenagers and grow out of playing with dolls, Barbie passes the responsibility of defining contemporary beauty standards to the media. The media ensues by placing this image throughout north american magazines, runways, and film. With such prevalent broadcasting adolescent girls have begun to describe “the “ideal girl” as being 5’7”, 100 pounds, size 5, with long blonde hair and blue eyes...” (Strasburger 400)....   [tags: Anorexia nervosa, Bulimia nervosa]

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Barbie : A Girl 's Doll

- Barbie, Mattel’s Iconic Doll, is a doll that allows children to imagine their futures. Back when Barbie first appeared on the shelves, she was blonde wearing a black and white stripped swimming suit. Today, Barbie Dolls have many different careers and ethnicities. Barbie getting from point A to B wasn’t easy, since she had a life filled with controversy. Should Barbie get a makeover. I feel that if this question is rearranged to say, ‘Should Barbie get a makeover to become what society believes to be ‘average’ or ‘normal’, the answer becomes clear, no....   [tags: Barbie, Mattel, Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue]

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Barbie - Original Writing Of Barbie

- For decades, Barbie has remained torpedo-titted, open-mouthed, tippy-toed and vagina-less in her cellophane coffin—and, ever since I was little, she has threatened me. Most women I know are nostalgic for Barbie. “Oh,” they coo wistfully, “I used to looove my Barbies. My girlfriends would come over, and we’d play for hours …” Not me. As a child, I disliked the doll on impulse; as an adult, my feelings have actually fermented into a heady, full-blown hatred. My friends and I never owned Barbies....   [tags: Barbie, Fashion doll, Mattel]

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Marge Piercy 's Poem ' Barbie Doll '

- For this assignment I have chosen to analyze the theme of Marge Piercy’s poem “Barbie Doll” found on page 533 in the Norton textbook. In the poem, the speaker describes a young child, a girl, who was born and raised “as usual” with “dolls that did pee-pee and miniature GE stoves and irons and wee lipsticks the color of cotton candy”. The speaker then goes on to describe the girls downfall in adolescence possessing “a great big nose and fat legs” that over shadowed her better qualities and ostracized her....   [tags: Woman, Girl, Irony, Fashion doll]

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The Chimney Sweeper And Barbie Doll : An Unlikely Pair

- The Chimney Sweeper and the Barbie Doll: An Unlikely Pair At first glance, the poems The Chimney Sweeper by William Blake, and Barbie Doll, by Marge Piercy appear to have no tangible similarities. However, upon further analysis and interpretation, they can be seen as somewhat akin. In these two poems, the harsh treatment of children, the use of imagery, and children’s self-image in the poems are comparable. The differences between the two poems include the time period in which they were written, the background of the characters, and the characters’ reactions to the problems that they are faced with....   [tags: Chimney sweep, Chimney, Fashion doll, Childhood]

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Ruth Handler, Inventor of the Barbie Doll

- More than Just the Mother of Barbie 90% of girls ages three through ten owned at least one Barbie doll. Ruth Handler’s idea for children to live there adult fantasies through a toy, came to life in a tall beautiful blonde doll. Barbra Millicent Roberts, or Barbie for short was named after Handlers daughter. Barbie was originally molded after the European Lilli doll that was made to be a gag gift, but Handler transformed this idea into so much more. The first Barbie doll was created in 1959, changing the toy making industry forever....   [tags: Mattel, Toys]

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Marge Piercy 's Barbie Doll

- Feminism has yet again become a prominent topic in recent years and the issue is ripe with controversy due to the tendency of sexism to be more subtle now than it was in the past, such as back during the Women’s Suffrage Movement. While, superficially, Marge Piercy’s “Barbie Doll” seems an antiquated, obsolete analysis of insignificant stereotypes that are no longer relevant in modern society, this isn’t the case as one looks deeper. Marge Piercy paints an exceptionally bold, audacious, and, at times, almost grotesque picture of 1973 sexual stereotypes which decidedly still holds true over 40 years later....   [tags: Stereotype, Woman, Sexualization, Girl]

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Barbie 's Unrealistic Body Structure

- Many of you have surely seen and even played with a Barbie, the fashion doll created by Mattel Inc. and launched in March, 1959. This blonde, plastic doll if compared to the body structure of a real human would have a height of 5 feet and 9 inches, a 36-inch chest, an 18-inch waist, and 33-inch hips (Winterman, 2009). Certainly this is not realistic in today’s society. Barbie’s unrealistic body structure can poorly influence young girls on their own body image and as such, regulations for toy makers should be put in place to promote positive body composition....   [tags: Barbie, Fashion doll]

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The Barbie Doll and Richard Cory

- The way our culture has a tendency to view other individuals by there appearance will probably never change. In some way everyone has it set in his or her mind what makes a person "perfect". These characteristics include personal appearance, wealth and intelligence. We do not always get the chance to get to know a person, but rather make assumptions. Two poems, which reveal different perceptions of someone, include Richard Cory and The Barbie Doll. In The Barbie Doll, the author writes about a girl' s life....   [tags: Poetry Analysis]

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Exploring Body Image Issues via the Barbie Doll

- Picture yourself as the ‘perfect’ woman. Embodying every woman’s dream. You are undeniably gorgeous, weighing in at 100 pounds, standing 6 feet tall and holding nearly 150 careers (barbiemedia.com). Yes, this is the beloved, ever so ‘inspirational’ childhood toy, the perfectly perfect Barbie Doll. Barbie is America’s most beloved toy, considering young girls between the ages of three and eleven own at least 10 Barbie’s throughout their childhood (‘Life in Plastic’). As creator of the Barbie Doll once said, “My whole philosophy of Barbie was that through the doll, the little girl could be anything she wanted to be....   [tags: Self Image, Gender Issues]

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Analysis Of The Two Poems ' Hanging Fire ' And ' Barbie Doll '

- People who have strived for achieving acceptance or beauty so that society could accept them. This strive though has come at a cost and led people to drastic measures such as depression, self-harm, or serious health issues like starvation or excessive exercising. In the two poems “Hanging Fire” and “Barbie Doll”, the two teenagers struggle with acceptance and both struggle trying to gain them. In a teenager age, they are more vulnerable as they are trying to figure out who they are as a person, leaving them in a fragile state....   [tags: Adolescence, Peer group, Young adult]

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Girls and Society in Barbie Doll by Marge Piercy

- Marge Piercy wrote Barbie Doll in 1973. The main message the poet is sending is that girls would go to any length to be viewed as “pretty” by society. At times the poet was very sarcastic and uses irony to get the theme across to the reader. Other elements of poetry are used as well to help the audience understand the poem. The first three line of the poem discuss the “girlchild” growing up. She was an ordinary girl that played with dolls, miniature GE kitchens and wee lipsticks the color of cherry candy....   [tags: poem, girlchild, appearance, diet]

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Analysis Of Marge Piercy 's Barbie Doll

- Since the beginning of time, women have not lived up to set expectations. Society has long been obsessed with the idea of the perfect woman. This slightly varies in different cultures, but in America, they have been known to be housewives and mothers who must constantly look pretty. In Marge Piercy’s “Barbie Doll,” she uses bold diction and symbolism to shows society’s views on women. Anne Sexton uses metaphoric imagery, for the same reason, in her poem “Her Kind.” In Marge Piercy’s “Barbie Doll,” females are pressured into their pre-assigned gender roles starting at a young age with their dolls....   [tags: Woman, Gender role, Gender, Female]

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Analysis Of The Poem ' Barbie Doll ' By Margie Piercy

- "Motherhood is bliss." "Your first priority is to care for your husband and children." "Homemaking can be exciting and fulfilling” (Modern Feminism internet). This was some of the advice women would hear among society. This was what society believed women were good for. Modern day feminist poets, like Marge Piercy focuses on women. “Her novels and poetry often focus on feminist or social concerns, although her settings vary” (Marge internet). Her poem “Barbie Doll” is an example of her showing her feminist writing....   [tags: Woman, Girl, Female, Women]

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Analysis Of Marge Piercy 's ' Barbie Doll '

- In “Barbie Doll,” by Marge Piercy, the speaker’s tone is remorsefully cautionary because she aims to protect females from the societal standards that caused the female subject of the poem to commit suicide. Early in the poem, the speaker illustrates the teen prior to her death: “She was healthy, tested intelligent, / possessed strong arms and back, / abundant sexual drive and manual dexterity” (7-9). Clearly, the girl had the potential to be very successful, as a result of her many natural gifts....   [tags: Suicide, Adolescence, Girl, Description]

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The Mattel Barbie Doll

- Behind the magic of Barbie’s creation. The holiday season is fast approaching and the list for children to buy for is long. Strolling down the Toys ‘R Us toy aisle, I find it hard to miss what is in every typical North American toy store: Mattel’s Barbie dolls. A plastic doll with clothes; it appears simple enough but not quite. From its conception in California, to it being manufactured in China, to it being shipped to the local Toys ‘R Us store in Vancouver, the Barbie doll sitting on a toy store shelve has undergone numerous social and geographical processes involved in its production before it will reach into the hands of my excited nine year old cousin on Christmas morning....   [tags: Production Manufacturing]

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Mattel : A Comparison Of The Barbie Dolls

- Since its inception in 1959, the Barbie doll has become a well-known toy brand in the United States and from around the globe. Mattel, the company who owns the Barbie brand, relies on the success of Barbie dolls, consisting around 20 percent of its sales annually. Despite being the world's largest toy maker, challenges have faced its Barbie brand from region to region.   In the United States, young girls are investing more time with electronic devices such as cell phones and music players than playing with their Barbie dolls....   [tags: Barbie, Fashion doll, Mattel, Middle East, Bratz]

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IM A Barbie Girl In A Barbie World

- “I’m a Barbie girl in a Barbie World” a popular tune from the song Barbie World by Aqua. Barbie is the most known dolls in the world so it’s no surprise that she has a song about her, nine out of ten people know who Barbie is by just seeing a picture of her (Docterman). Most girls grew up playing Barbie and are clueless about her origin. Ruth Handler is the inventor of Barbie. Ruth is a hard working women who, with the help of her family, created a doll that change the world. Barbie changed the lives of any young girl who played with, she gives them the chance to play out their own destiny....   [tags: Barbie, Mattel, Ruth Handler, Bild Lilli doll]

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Barbie the Teenage Fashion Doll

- The idea of Barbie came about when a woman named Ruth Handler was watching her daughter play with dolls. In the 1950’s, girls of all ages only had paper or cardboard dolls to play with and preferred to play with cut outs of teenagers and adult dolls. So, Ruth Handler thought to make The Teenage Fashion Doll for older girls, as a three dimensional doll, called Barbie, named after her daughter Barbara (Heppermann 2010). However, Mrs. Handler met resistance when she went to her husband with the idea, and he didn’t think her idea would work out....   [tags: Gender Studies]

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Controversy Of Barbie

- One of the most famous icon in United states is Barbie Millicent Roberts also known as "Barbie" in this world. The history of Barbie started when Ruth Handler, Barbie's creator noticed her daughter playing with paper dolls of adult women and then on she realized that playing with the doll makes little girls imagine and dream what they want in the future. The doll made her first appearance at the American International Toy Fair on 9 March, 1959 in New York and it was a hit. However, Barbie's rise to success has gone down....   [tags: Barbie, Bild Lilli doll, Ruth Handler, Mattel]

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Gender Insanity in Barbie Doll, Ken Doll, and The Yellow Wallpaper

- Gender stereotypes have a huge effect on our generation now, and in the past. It makes us think in a certain way that we do, about males and females; which can make people insane from the expectations. A few of the expectations for males are that they have to be strong and muscular. On the other hand female’s expectations is weak and feminine. A great example of gender stereotype having the effect of making people insane is Barbie Doll, Ken Doll, and The Yellow Wallpaper. These three pieces of literature with gender stereotype, made the main character go into insanity....   [tags: sterotypes, poem, expectations]

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Barbie, By Barbara Millicent Roberts

- Although recently there have been some action being taken upon this issue, children toys have always seemed to be gender specific. For example, little boys are expected to only play with “masculine” toys such as action figures, toy cars, etc. and little girls with “feminine” toys such as baby dolls, kitchen sets, etc. These toys play a significant role in our society in shaping the way children are thinking beginning from a young age. However, of all the controversial toys, Barbie seems to take the cake for young girls....   [tags: Barbie, Mattel, Bild Lilli doll, Ruth Handler]

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Societal Pressures in Boys and Girls, Introduction to A Vindication of the Rights of Women and Barbie Doll

- The societal pressures faced by women is, arguably, the main topic of Alice Munro’s short story “Boys and Girls,” Mary Wollstonecraft’s essay “Introduction to A Vindication of the Rights of Women” and Marge Piercy’s poem “Barbie Doll.” “Boys and Girls” deals with those societal pressures faced by women within both the home and family life. Alternatively, “Introduction to A Vindication of the Rights of Women” and “Barbie Doll” deal with those societal pressures faced by women in society at large....   [tags: Alice Munro, Mary Wollstonecraft, Marge Piercy]

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The History Of Barbie By Barbara Millicent Roberts

- The History of Barbie Barbara Millicent Roberts was first debuted on March 9th, 1959, rocking her black and white swimsuit waiting to take over the world. Barbie was the first three dimensional doll introduced in America relicted after the German doll, stemming from paper dolls (www.Barbiemedia.com) . Since barbie came out in 1959 she has been rolling through the years, acquiring fashions and looks from each decade she lives in. Her journey began in the sixties and is still going today in 2016....   [tags: Barbie, Mattel, Ruth Handler, Bild Lilli doll]

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Female Body Image and the Mass Media

- From the time they are born, girls are influenced by society as to who they should be, how they should look, and how they should act. Americans believe that women should be to a certain standard; pretty, feminine, and especially, thin. The pressures derive from family, media, and friends. Marge Piercy’s poem, “Barbie Doll” depicts a girl who was never recognized for her character and spent her life trying to be accepted for who she was, rather than how she looked. We live in a society with rigid gender roles and expectations as to how people are supposed to be, based completely on their sex....   [tags: Marge Piercy, Barbie Doll]

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Company Profile Of Mattel Company

- MATTEL- Company Profile PROFILE Mattel is the largest toy manufacturing company in the World. The company has 31,000 employees working towards the vision of ‘Creating the future of play”. The company has net sales worth around 5.70 billion U.S. dollars. With Mattel’s ‘Barbie’ ranked as the #1 toy for over ten years. Mattel is ranked Fifth most socially responsible company in United States. And ranked #403 amongst the Fortune 500 in 2014. Mattel operates in 40 countries. MISSION MATTEL: Raising the bar in labor conditions, health, safety ‘Mattel is more than a toy company....   [tags: Mattel, Toy, Barbie, Doll]

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The History of the World's Most Famous Doll, Barbie

- ... Weighing only 110 lbs at her height, she would have an anorexic BMI (Body Mass Index) of 16.24. It would be difficult for her tiny waist to support her big bust and However, Academics from the University of South Australia believe this body type is not unachievable, but very unusual – the probability of a woman having a Barbie-like figure is less than 1 in 100,000 (Winterman, 2009). In defense of Barbie's body shape, Mattel stated that she looks fuller with all her thick clothing, thus they made her waist so thin (McDonough, 2010)....   [tags: body image, mattel, self-esteem]

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Liars and Self Image

- People are afraid of the unknown. They lie to create a persona that everyone will enjoy. So why do people lie to themselves and others to preserve self-image. Maybe they do not feel comfortable with themselves. They wouldn’t be the only ones either. Over a third of girls have a warped perspective of themselves. (McBride 1). Family is a major influence over a child’s self image. “A mother’s weight, body image, attitude and health habits are strong indicators of her daughters.” (McBride 4) Children create a new “them” to remain their parents’ perfect angel....   [tags: barbie-doll, appearance, diet]

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Barbie Doll by Marge Piercy and David Talamentez on the Last Day of Second Grade by Rosemary Catacalos

- “Barbie Doll” by Marge Piercy and “ David Talamentez on the Last Day of Second Grade” by Rosemary Catacalos are two poems that show a unique view into society and the roles society expects people to fill. Sometimes those expectations can lead people to take drastic measures or even cause defiance in some people. The irony of this is that it seems the more we push people to be what society wants the more it drives them to be what they don’t want. In “David Talamentez…” (lines 57-59) “over by cars....   [tags: poem analysis]

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Barbie

- Barbara Millicent Roberts, or more popularly known to the world as "Barbie" was was introduced at the American Toy Fair in New York City in February of 1959 by Ruth and Elliot Handler, founders of Mattel Toys. Ruth originally thought of the idea while her daughter, Barbara, was playing with paper dolls. She realized that as her daughter grew older and began to imitate adult conversations and the world around her, she needed a three-dimensional representation of it as well. She shared her idea of a woman doll for children with her husband and the all-male executive team at Mattel, but they refused saying that it would be too expensive to produce and would have little appeal to the American pu...   [tags: History Barbie Doll]

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Barbie Doll Fashion versus Medieval Children's Fashion

- What do barbie dolls have in common with medieval childrens fashion. Actually children were dressed as miniture adults, but with less exaggerated details. they were mini dolls, not much has changed has changed today. This is illustrated through noble children's dress, merchant and town folk's children basic clothing and peasent childrens's dress. Fashion in the elizabethan era was very important there were even laws made, only allowing certain classes to wear certan things. This law was called the sumptuary law and there were even punishments towards the people who want to go against the fashion law....   [tags: essays research papers]

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The Importance Of Swimming At A Young Age

- “Oxygen is overrated” Swimming is one of the few sports that can start at a very young age and can continue to do well into there 60s. When learning how to swim at a young age, it can look very overwhelming but as for every sport, the more practices the child gets the better they will become. Learning how to swim is a long process and it’s even longer on when teaching a child how to swim. Children at a young age are very afraid to get into water and even more afraid to get there head wet. Children fully don’t understand that swimming in a swimming pool is closely related to taking a shower....   [tags: Barbie, Fashion doll]

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Society's Suppression of Women

- In modern society, there is a large importance placed on women to be beautiful and poised. The ‘appropriate woman’ is supposed to be poised, elegant, and sophisticated. Whilst never inconveniencing anyone around them through voicing their ideas, or being anything more than an artificial figurine to display. “Barbie Doll” and “A Work of Artifice” are two poems, by Marge Piercy, which imply that women are tailored from a young age to fulfill the roles that traditional society has set for them. Each poem uses numerous literary elements to advance their purpose of showing how the public and society subdue women’s intelligence and hearty virtues in order to make them better fit the social norm of...   [tags: barbie doll, marge pierce, women's role]

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Analysis Of The Film ' Sonia Singh '

- Meanwhile, on the other side of the world, Tasmanian artist Sonia Singh participates in this movement using Bratz dolls for her subjects. As Natural Girls United introduces girls to the concept of black glamour and representation, Singh repurposes her dolls with the intention to celebrate girlhood and respect the environment. She does not consider her artistic process a feminist act and removes herself from the conversation about race and identity in relation to her work. In her words, this is a hobby she shares with her daughter, she is simply a mom who travels to 2nd hand shops to rescue unloved dolls so they do not go to waste....   [tags: Barbie, Mattel, Dolls, Doll]

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Mind Warping : Unrealistic Body Perfection

- Mind Warping: Unrealistic Body Perfection Throughout the decades, the shaming of a woman’s body has become much more influential on how young girls and adult women see themselves. Society creates the image of the ‘perfect women’ based on body curvature and other extremities. The use of social media is usually blamed for warping the minds of females based upon body image, but that is just one small factor of it. Companies are even making mirrors that adjust the appearance of a person’s body, such as creating slimmer waists and longer legs....   [tags: Barbie, Mattel, Ruth Handler, Bild Lilli doll]

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The Effects of the Barbie Syndrome

- The Effects of the Barbie Syndrome What is the Barbie syndrome . a question posed by many that glace through the title on the top of this paper As defined by Farlex “The drive, often of adolescent girls, to attain impossible standards of beauty, projected by toys—e. g., Mattel’s Barbie Doll—and the media, resulting in failure and frustration, issues related to body image, eating disorders, and self-image," this is a formal definition of the Barbie syndrome.The people that the Barbie syndrome it effects are widespread and is not inclusive to women this syndrome also affects men to....   [tags: adolescent girls, doll, media]

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Barbie : A Child 's Toy

- Barbie has been a child’s toy since 1959. Over millions of girls have played with them, looking up to Barbie as their “perfect role model.” Who would want their role model to be someone, if she were to be compared to a real person, couldn’t even live on her own. Barbie has many good “jobs” and can influence kids to do very good acts, but in appearance, Barbie is unattainable. In Zali Yager’s article, she says, “The girls who viewed the images of Barbie had significantly lower scores on the Body Esteem scale after being exposed to the images, and indicated a preference for a thinner current body, and a thinner adult body” (“Is Barbie Bad”)....   [tags: Girl, Boy, Fashion doll]

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Cultural Criticism: Barbie

- 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. Launched in March 1959 by Ruth Handler, an American business woman and president of Mattel, Inc., Barbie quickly became popular and has gone on to sell three dolls every second, in over one hundred and fifty countries. However, Barbie’s rise to success has not been wholly positive – there have been numerous controversies, parodies, and lawsuits, all addressing a number of issues....   [tags: Mattel doll, unrealistic body image]

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Barbie 's Role Model Of Barbie

- Over the past 50 years Barbie has not only been a best friend to many little girls across America but she has been a role model to them as well. Barbie is everything any growing girl would want to be. After all she is living the dream, not only with the materialistic aspects of her life like the houses, cars and of course we cannot forget about her fashion, but also with her extensive resume filled with many careers. Or at least that is what the creators of Barbie intended for her but the reality is that Barbie can only truly be relatable to a small demographic of girls....   [tags: Eye color, Human skin color, Barbie, Mattel]

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Barbie 's Influence On Society

- 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....   [tags: Obesity, Body shape, Mattel, Barbie]

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To Be or Not to Be Barbie

- Every woman grows up knowing that they one day want to be beautiful. In Marge Piercy’s “Barbie Doll” she gives an in-depth look at what negative effects the concept of beauty can have on an individual. From infancy to a full-grown adult woman, beauty has been a way of thinking and lifestyle. As a little girl you are given petite shaped, blonde, blue-eyed dolls. While boys are given brawny soldiers and mechanical toys. What do little girls do with these dolls. They put on fresh makeup, change their fashionable clothing, and style there long luscious hair....   [tags: Beauty ]

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The Television Episode Barbie Life in the Dream House

- Unlike Disney movies, Barbie goes beyond a movie or a little girl’s book series. Barbie has her own television series, movies series, kids’ books and any other possible merchandise item with Barbie’s face on it. Just as the popularity of Barbie merchandise among girls, Barbie strongly influence little girl’s life. However, Barbie is not a princess rather she is a doll with an adult body living on modern America. She doesn’t live on a faraway land and doesn’t have a happy ever after. She shops, eats, has parties and her friends are American girls not a crazy mouse or any other talking animal....   [tags: barbie, little girls, cinderella]

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Barbie Dolls, The Kindest, Most Generous Mama Behind It All !

- Growing up with two brothers meant that if you didn 't want to play G.I Joes or transformers, you played alone. So rather than have couch cushions tied to my body and forced to play goalie, I took my dollies and played. I had two Cabbage Patch dolls, Holly Melanie and Lisa and they were my everything. I still have them to this day, they 're pretty gnarly looking after all these years but I know how important dolls are to little people. Someone to confide in, someone to hug and hold when you 're sad, someone to tell your hopes and dreams too....   [tags: Dolls, Doll, Doll, Bobblehead]

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Barbie-Q, by Sandra Cisneros

- In “Barbie-Q,” Sandra Cisneros chooses a particular point of view in order to communicate the central points of this story. The story is narrated by one of the two young girls who are the main characters. The story begins with the following: “Yours is the one with mean eyes and a ponytail.” “Mine is the one with bubble hair.” (Cisneros 576) This clearly shows that the narrator is indeed one of the girls. Another part of the story reads, “Every time the same story. Your Barbie is roommates with my Barbie, and my Barbie’s boyfriend comes over and your Barbie steals him,” (576) This again shows that the narrator is one of the young girls because she uses words like mine and yours....   [tags: Barbie-Q Essays]

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Sample Presentation Of Barbie 's ' Barbie '

- FTV 402 Popular Culture Assessment 1: Presentation Remii Luciani 209000 Presentation Title: Barbie It was very common to have a Barbie doll growing up, and it wasn’t just a toy, it was a representation of a “perfect life”. From dream houses, to boats, cars, a perfect boyfriend to exiting careers, Barbie had the perfect life. Barbie had the perfect lifestyle AND the perfect body, long legs, small waist and a curvy chest. This taught children from a very young age that having a boyfriend, a career, a house and a petite body is very important....   [tags: Culture, Popular culture, High culture]

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The Blessing of Barbie

- I’m a Barbie girl in a Barbie world. Life in plastic, it’s fantastic. Ask almost anyone and they will be able to continue the Barbie theme song. American businesswoman named Ruth Handler, created the Barbie brand in 1959. Barbie is typically a tall, skinny, blonde who is in a long-term relationship with her boyfriend Ken, and has had at least 100 jobs. Barbie has become an American icon; she is present in almost every girl’s childhood for some period of time. Barbie is a well known, long lasting company and overall a good role model to young girls....   [tags: a good role model for girls]

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The Pros and Cons of Barbie

- 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....   [tags: Pro Con Essays]

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Barbie: The Queen of Feminism

- When I was very young, I owned very many Barbie dolls. To me, they were just so beautiful, and flawless, and I loved them very much. But the Barbie that said the most to me was the President Barbie. This spoke to me. It said that anyone, anywhere, of any gender, socioeconomic status, background, sexuality, ethnicity, race, or belief system could be anything they ever wanted to be, as long as they worked hard enough to achieve it. And this is a very important message, and it is a message that Barbie sends to people every day, all over the world....   [tags: Professional Careers, Rennaissance Woman]

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Barbie Dolls and Their Influence

- Barbie Dolls and Girls Every child has its own way of describing or adoring the toys. They can relate to the toys and the ways in which they use it can be totally different. But at the end of the day what really matters is that they are having a good time with them. That is why having toys and wanting toys is something that all the kids want. This was something that was feasible in the eyes of the businessmen and the venture capitalists and that is all that they wanted because it was a good opportunity for them to maximize their profits....   [tags: Toys, Venue]

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Barbara Millicent Roberts: Barbie

- ... Eileen Zurbriggen, a professor of psychology at University of California, comments on the effects that playing with Barbie has on girls’ ideas on careers: "Playing with the Barbie suppresses their ideas about their own possible futures, but their ideas about the boys didn't change” (qtd. in Alter). It is true that Barbie has all of these fancy things, but Barbie is a hard-working girl who has had a collection of different careers. Another reason why people believe that Barbie isn’t good for children to own is that Barbie has a bad image, an overly sexualized and unhealthy image that subconsciously promotes girls to match her....   [tags: controversial toys, female stereotypes]

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Barbie Is An Unrealistic Figure

- Look in the mirror. Think of what it would be like to be twenty to thirty pounds thinner. Think of all the negative comments people have to say. Suck in, stand tall, back up, move forward, cry. This is the routine many women in the United States go through daily. Todays society has been raised to idolize unrealistic body figures; which in turn, causes harm to women’s lives through their low self esteem, as well as eating disorders, and earning less income for obese working women. Every little girls dream toy when they are young, is to own one, if not many, barbie dolls....   [tags: Self-esteem, Childhood, Outline of self]

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Banning Barbie

- There has always been controversy as to whether Barbie should be banned. Barbie dolls were created decades ago so little girls can play with them and relate to them somehow; therefore, Barbie should not be banned. Barbie dolls are good for society, little girls have understood diversity, and they enjoy playing with them; however drawbacks would be that some little girls do not have the maturity to appreciate the symbolic value of a Barbie doll, it has become an obsession to look like her and, she is not an appropriate role model....   [tags: dream big, little girls, obsession]

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Hippie Barbie

- Hippie Barbie, written by Denise Duhamel uses the symbols of the contemporary life of the fairy-tale lifestyle into reality. The words and ideas used in this narrative poem give fantasy a different perspective. It is inferred that the speaker is a female Barbie specialist, who reflects her knowledge by using the popular Barbie doll as the main character. Throughout the poem, she gives key points that have female perspective; for instance, kissing Ken, thinking about having mixed-race children, and walking a poodle....   [tags: Poetry]

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The Negative Influence of Barbie on Young Girls

- First, Barbie’s body size is a negative influence on girls everywhere. “If Barbie were flesh-and-blood woman, her waist would be 39% smaller than that of anorexic patients, and her body weight would be so low that she would not be able to menstruate." –Developmental Psychology If Barbie was a real person her body measurements would be 36-18-33 (Czeck). She would be 5’ 6” and 110 lbs (Czeck). That is simply unrealistic. A woman of healthy weight has a body size of 36-24-36 (Body). A plastic doll has caused girls and women all over the world to feel insecure about who they are and what they look like....   [tags: body, career, life]

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Barbie 's Influence On Female Representation

- It was very common to have a Barbie doll growing up, and it wasn’t just a toy, it was a representation of a “perfect life”. From dream houses, to boats, cars, a perfect boyfriend to exiting careers, Barbie had the perfect life. Barbie had the perfect lifestyle AND the perfect body, long legs, small waist and a curvy chest. This taught children from a very young age that having a boyfriend, a career, a house and a petite body is very important. (Worldpress 2011). Barbie’s attention has been generate by the secondary role she plays in popular culture- the artifact of female representation....   [tags: Culture, Popular culture, High culture]

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Taking a Look at Barbie Millicent Roberts

- Think of an iconic figure with killer curves and a wardrobe most women would die for. Many names may pop through your mind. Kate Moss. Gisele. Naomi Campbell. Now let's narrow it down a bit more. How about a woman who was also a former news anchor, UNICEF Summit Diplomat, Presidential candidate, and astronaut. The only girl who fits all of these descriptions is Barbie Millicent Roberts, a fair skinned blonde standing at 11 1/2 inches. Since Barbie's debut, she's been reproduced by the billions to meet the never ending demand....   [tags: influencial toys, girl's dolls]

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Barbie as a Real Woman is Anatomically Impossible

- Millions of girls around the world are dressing their Barbie dolls in skimpy designer outfits and high heel shoes, and slide her slender legs into a bright pink convertible next to her male counterpart, Ken. These same girls will gaze into the mirror, staring at their thighs and hair, and attempt to balance themselves in a pair of their mother’s high heel shoes. They will wonder why they do not look like Barbie. They will wonder today, just as I wondered years ago. As the years of make-believe with the American plastic icon of girlhood nostalgia passed, I discovered Barbie’s hidden effects....   [tags: Female Ideal Image]

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I Just Wanted to be a Barbie Girl

- All I remember from my tenth birthday is how psyched I was about having received the very Barbie doll I’d wanted from my beautiful big sister Maggie. She’d just gone off to college, and anything we shared was automatically the most precious thing I owned. That Barbie doll with golden hair and tinsel adorned clothing became my obsession. For days I came home after school and locked myself in my room until Mother forced me to come and eat dinner with the family. Father always tried to occupy me with questions about my school day....   [tags: Creative Writing Essays]

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The Bombardment of Barbie’s and the Branding of Beauty

- “[In] a poll done by the American Association of University Women (AAUW) of 3,000 fourth to tenth graders revealed that most girls can’t look in a mirror and say, ‘I’m pretty!’ or even ‘I’m okay!’”(Cordes 4). Social media, avenues of peer and parental influences, and role models of “beauty” cause young girls of today’s society to develop distorted views of beauty for themselves. America over time has reached a level that depicts beauty as an unrealistic and unachievable model of the “perfect beautiful girl.” According to research by Shelly Grabe, Janet Shibley Hyde—both staff of the Department of Psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison—and L....   [tags: Beauty ]

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Behold The Barbie: Education, Power and Symbology

- Embodied within the image of the ideal is the dynamism between empowerment and conformity. Within the sphere of conformity the masses become a "collective coercion of bodies" Thus, the state has possessed the mind in order that it might possess the body. Humans, therefore are willing agents, since the body has been shaped or as French philosopher Michel Foucault would explain "in the form of habits and behavior…the body [is] subjected to training" This training often happens without conscious knowledge, or even if there is knowledge of it, the practice remains because of its beneficial qualities of order to the larger society as a whole....   [tags: Culture]

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The Barbie Phenomenon

- The Barbie Phenomenon The Barbie phenomenon took the world by storm. The creation of the eleven and one–half-inch tall “glam gal” didn’t begin at a large corporation’s drawing board, as some might think. She actually came straight from the hands of her loving “parents”, Ruth and Elliot Handler. The Mattel Corporation, founded by Ruth and Elliot Handler, has successfully marketed the Barbie doll for over four decades and still continues to sell the doll throughout the world. It is amazing the impact this “child’s toy” has had in both the corporate boardroom and the toy room, and not only on children but also adults....   [tags: Papers]

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Do Barbie Dolls Have a Negative Influence on Girls?

- ... 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 if Barbie was real she would be five feet nine inches tall have a thirty nine inch bust, an eighteen inch waist, and thirty three inch hips (Katz 1). For a real life girl to achieve this it would involve plastic surgery that could be extremely dangerous....   [tags: self-confidence, look, child, disorder]

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Barbie is a Good Role Model

- Barbie is a Good Role Model As a young girl the fondest memory was playing with all my Barbie dolls and having the time of my young youth. Getting new Barbie’s for my birthday and Christmas was the highlight for my friends and I every year, and comparing which dolls the others got with each other. Never once growing up did any of us feel that Barbie was bad for us to play with, or that she was a bad role model. She could be anything that she wanted to be and her friends were all different too....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Essays]

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Barbie is Not a Sex Symbol

- Barbie is Not a Sex Symbol Barbie, America's number one selling doll, was not a sex symbol. With the aid of a child's imagination, she could be -and do- anything a child wanted. Barbie has endured through decades of social and political upheaval -not to mention the countless attacks by feminists. How did she do it. By staying abreast of the times and by employing some of the savviest marketing in American business history. Barbie is sold in more than 140 countries, accounts for 38 percent of Mattel's sales, and has had more than 500 make overs in her career....   [tags: Papers]

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The Negative Effects of Barbie Dolls on Young Girls

- Children need to have good role models to look up to. A good role model includes being ambitious and doing good deeds. Most little girls look up to the doll named Barbie. The doll has played a very important roll in many childhoods. She was introduced in the 50’s and manufactured by Mattel. Barbie is an up beat character and is always up to date on the latest trends. She has long blonde hair, beautiful blue eyes that go with her perfect makeup, and is tied all together by her medium tanned curvacious body....   [tags: gender roles, eating disorders, ]

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The Creation of Barbie as an American Icon

- The Creation of Barbie as an American Icon Barbie, at the age of 41, is one of the longest living toys in America. Analyzing her early history can give a person a look into the societal trends and culture of the late 1950's and early 1960's. There is evidence of fashion innovations in Barbie's wardrobe. Also, one can see the perception of females by society, such as what they should look like, how they should act and dress, as well as what their future goals could be. The following essay follows Barbie's history from 1959 to 1963, covering her development, her appeal to children, and her existence as a cultural artifact of the time period....   [tags: Exploratory Essays Research Papers]

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Living in a Barbie World

- Living in a Barbie World She took the world by storm with her luxurious blond hair, blue eyes, and long legs. Soon, little girls all over the world were emulating and praising this eleven-and-a-half-inch-tall plastic doll (Napier). Throughout the decades, she has become an icon to little girls, so much that some are wondering whether the stereotypical ideals for women exemplified by Barbie have affected females in regards to body image. When Barbie first appeared, she bore her trademark black and white swimsuit and swirling ponytail....   [tags: social issues]

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Barbie - A Complex American Icon

- As a young girl, I was not very interested in playing with baby dolls. I preferred playing with my many stuffed animals or the only doll I did like—Barbie. With my animals, usually I was rescuing them from some horrible disaster such as a flood or a forest fire. I was their heroic savior and benevolent protector. But with Barbie this was decidedly not the case. Sometimes my Barbie did normal Barbie things, such as get dressed up for an exciting date with Ken or go shopping with her little sister, Skipper....   [tags: American Culture Essays]

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