To Be or Not to Be Barbie Essay

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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. This alone is creating a psychological change in a little girls brain, it is instilling that this is what is customary for a girl to do. Rather than fixing things you are to play
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Young girls in middle school spend everyday thinking of ways that they could look better. Could there have been a way to minimize these feelings of inadequacy at such an early age?
Since 1956 when the beautifully crafted Barbie was sent into production the idea of beauty spiraled into a frenzy among the female population. Barbie was initially created after a fashion doll named Lilli doll inspired by a West German cartoon character who was said throughout the years to be a prostitute. With Barbies appearance comes the ideal look for all women, slim waisted, big busted, wide hipped and eyed. The only thing is Barbie’s figure and structure is entirely mythical. According to a Boston University student “ Barbies neck is twice as long as the average humans which would make it next to impossible for her to hold her head up, Barbies legs are 50% longer than her arms, whereas the average woman’s legs are only 20% longer than her arms. If a woman were to have the same body type as Barbie she would not have enough body fat to allow menstruation.”(K. Wysoki) So this alone shows that the ideal weight and structure provided to our youth is entirely unattainable.
On top of the constant reminder of what it is to be pretty Barbie also gives way to another type of mind-set. Materialism is more common amongst adolescent girls in today's world, they want the best of the best and without it they are no one. With all of her inter-changeable

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