Marge Piercy Barbie Doll Analysis

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The standards of women since early history has always been set to an unrealistic bar, that make girls around the world feel insecure and unworthy of being beautiful. Society has cemented views of women and what they “should” look and act like based on things like makeup, body figure, clothing, etc. Women from all places are urged to alter their appearances in order to fall into the category of beautiful. The impulse for women to “paint their face” is due to the fear of other people not seeing them as attractive (Warren par. 7). The perfect female is thought to have flawless skin, perfect make up, and a slim body. Hiding behind a full face of makeup discriminates women themselves, as it hides their genuine glamor and disguises their true…show more content…
All three examples link to basic female customs that all women are expected to exhibit. The baby dolls allude to the stigma that all women are expected to have children and be the main care giver to them throughout their childhood. Stay at home mothers were extremely common during the time “Barbie Doll” was written, and second wave feminism was just a fresh idea that would soon begin to change the discrimination of gender in the work force. This idea is linked to the “GE stoves” reference, portraying how women’s only importance was to stay home and cook for the men in the family, spending their time in between tiding the house throughout the day. Andrei Cimpian, a psychology professor at New York University, states in an article by the National Science Foundation that “Not only do we see that girls just starting out in school are absorbing some of society 's stereotyped notions of brilliance, but these young girls are also choosing activities based on these stereotypes. This is heartbreaking" (Margetta). The stereotype of “brilliance” that Cimpian mentions is the fact that most young girls believe that boys will always be the smarter gender and will always outdo females in “raw brainpower” due to the negative stereotypes that float around in society (Margetta). The reputation of this fact is only shaming girls to end up as a stay at home mom, and not even give the effort to reach for their aspirations (Margetta). Piercy’s last item stated was
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