Analysis Of The Article ' Klaus Barbie, And Other Dolls I 'd Like Up '

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Power and oppression is something that has been in our world for a long time. With each generation, power and oppression come up in a new way and they are in peoples lives in different ways. A girl is told that they are not pretty enough if they are not like a Barbie doll and how men are constantly being taught that they need to be nothing but masculine. We constantly have a power over children to be what society wants them to be, no matter what gender they are. Society often tries to put them in a box at an early age and it leads to problems within our society. Intersectional analysis is something that is beneficial to our society and trying to move on from these societal problems. In the article “Klaus Barbie, and Other Dolls I’d Like to See,” Susan Jane Gilman talks about how we create this doll that sends a message to girls that they have to look a certain way. Gilman talks about how Barbie sets the standard that girls have to be a tall, skinny, blonde, blue eyed, straight, white female (Gilman). It tells girls that if they were anything else, they were never going to be pretty enough or accomplish much because they do not look like the ideal woman. At another point in the article, Gilman talks about how Barbie has introduced other dolls that are different races but are only limited edition (Gilman). With these limited edition Barbie dolls, it furthers the fact that people who are not the stereotypical Barbie, are not as good. Since this ideal woman is now within the

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