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Essay Do Barbie Dolls Have a Negative Influence on Girls?

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Do you ever wonder why teenage girls have low self-confidence and are never satisfied with what they have? As young children, girls are indirectly taught what people think perfection looks like. Barbie portrays that exact image and life. Beginning at a young age girls are influenced by this doll, what they should look like, and what their life should be like. Young girls strive to achieve Barbie’s look which is life threatening to obtain.
Barbie has possibly been the most famous doll in the world after her debut in 1959. She has represented fifty nationalities and has held over one hundred careers. Girls from age’s three to ten own at least one Barbie doll if not more. When people think of Barbie they think of a tall skinny supermodel
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Body dysmorphic disorder causes people to obsess over a part of their body that they are not happy with. Take for example Heidi Montag who had 10 plastic surgeries to achieve her “Barbie body” (Hoskins 1). Young girls will see this in the media and think that it is okay to get plastic surgery to achieve the perfect look that they want to achieve.
Many people would argue who would go to such extreme measures to look like Barbie. One person is Valeria Lukyanova, though she claims to only have had breast implants it is rumored that she has had plastic surgery to remove two of her ribs to create her tiny waist. When young girls are exposed to Barbie and people such as Valeria Lukyanova, it is only obvious that they will want to look like them. Yes, they may look perfect and lead seemingly perfect lives but is it truly worth it to go through the plastic surgery to be perfect. To be “perfect” like Barbie is to be fake and plastic though it means a person would be beautiful and admired by many, are the risks worth it.
Depending on who you ask you’ll get a different opinion on the matter. My roommate for example doesn’t think Barbie has a negative influence on girls and that it’s okay to strive to be perfect. I also asked the resident assistant on my floor at Scott Hall, she had the complete opposite opinion of my roommate, her opinion is that Barbie does have a negative influence on young girls and that parent should really think about if they should allow their children to play
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