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Analyzing The Poem 'Barbie Doll'

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The poem “Barbie Doll”, resonated with me as a parent and one who works with adolescents. The speaker mentions the role of gender-driven toys as the beginning of the process to limit and channels what individuals see them self’s as and as a tool to gauge where they fit into society. I have struggled with this at times with my daughters. This Halloween our youngest wanted to be a witch and the older told her that witches were ugly, she suggested she should want to be a princess instead. I did not intervene and let the whole thing play out, the little one held fast and the older one continued to try to “cute up” the little one's costume. As I watch this I thought of this poem and tried to figure out what if anything could be done, not for
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