Some people comment Barbie clothes just focus on the enjoyment of consuming and it will not give young women a right value of their life. Nevertheless, many young women want to have all kinds of clothes and these clothes have special design like Barbie, which conduces that young women shape their sensory world and improve their aesthetic ability. Thence, some young women go to chase their dream of fashionable dress. Their dream can be traced to play the Barbie doll so Barbie is a primary teacher. At the same time, Barbie’s clothes come from Barbie’s a variety of position.
Marge Piercy’s “ Barbie Doll” establishes the character to be a young girl who hits the stage of puberty and is then subjected to people's hurtful words that destroy her body image. Before these words she seemed to be a normal little girl playing with all the right toys. The words spoken were with intent to help the girl change her physical appearance so she could be a better version of herself, but in the end the girl felt there was no other option. She could never make everyone happy. The last part of the poem shows how society's judgmental words can strip you of your innocence and leave you in a satin lined box six feet under.
Your decisions to comply with society’s view of “beauty” are no longer subconscious, but rather are more conscious-driven decisions. Barbie’s slender figure remains idolized; however, it has evolved from a plastic doll to a self-starving model that is photo-shopped on the pages of glossy magazines. You spend hours in front of a mirror adjusting and perfecting your robotic look while demanding your parents to spend an endless amount of money on cosmetics and harmful skin products to acquire a temporary version of beauty. Consider companies such as Maybelline, which have throughout the ages created problematic and infantilizing campaigns and products for women. More specifically consider the “Baby Lips” product as well as the company slogan, “maybe she’s born with it, maybe it’s Maybelline,” that reiterates the male notions of beauty to which women are subjected.
The girl had simply conformed with society so much that she lost herself in the process. Any trace left of who she really was was now gone. The speaker mentions, “So she cut off her nose and her legs / and offered them up. / In the casket displayed on satin she lay / with the undertaker’s cosmetics painted on” (17-20). Maybe the undertaker is a metaphor for society.
After Baby Suggs died and her brothers disappear, Denver tries to learn how to live with her mother just to not be the second victim in 124 Bluestone Road "I love my mother but I know she killed one of her own daughters, and tender as she is with me, I'm scared of her because of it… I spent all of my outside self loving Ma'am so she wouldn't kill me, loving her even when she braided my head at night" (Morrison 392; 397). Because of Sethe's insufficient nurturing, Denver lives a "paralyzing infantilism" (Philip 139). She pays for her mother's bloody past which affects her psychological development. Denver, who has fragile personality, is trapped in childhood. She lives most of her life entombed within the walls of her house because she views the outside world as a place where "things so bad had happened" (Morrison 460).
Children are focusing on their beauty and not their education, or relationships. Beauty pageants have a negative effect on female adolescents, because of low self esteem, children growing up too fast, and beauty enhancements performed on young girls. Self esteem and and bad relationships are effects on girls from participating in beauty pageants. Many young girls are also taught that they’re beauty is the most important thing. Furthermore many young girls have low self esteem from watching and competing in beauty pageants.
The life of a women is difficult at all the stages of life, from birth to death, there is certain clothes they need to wear, they need to act a certain way, and do the chores that society feels are necessary for them to do. Society makes it clear that a woman is different from men and the tasks that they have are different. The author of “Barbie Doll,” Marge Piercy sheds a light of the difference on how people treat girls and women as they go from early childhood to adolescence. Piercy uses the connotation of different words, visual imagery, and the comparison between different elements in the girl’s life to ironize society’s social standards that lead to women’s suicides and deaths. The first element of figurative language Marge Piercy uses is the connotation of different words to ironize how women are treated, but in doing so, she sheds light on the wrongs that they face.
Barbie dolls are so pervasive in American culture that 90% of American girls have owned at least one. Young ladies and women are going to the extreme to have a similar appearance to Barbie. Women and young girls are extreme dieting, overworking their bodies, having eating disorders and some are even resulting in plastic surgery. Today there is even an actual term used for people that are so obsessed with having the perfect body, its called Barbie Syndrome. This term is loosely used to describe when young women want to have a physical appearance and lifestyle similar to Barbie.
This image is brought to everyone as soon as they turn on the television or go to the store and see a magazine. The idea of being beautiful is what many women strive, for that is what gave the poet Marge Piercy the idea for her poem “Barbie Doll”. Marge Piercy used being a woman and pressure of beauty during her time, of the 1970s, to bring about a poem that tells the story of a woman who has to change for society to be called pretty. The poem
With shows like Toddlers and Tiaras, young girls are facing harsh realities of adults choosing which child is the prettiest, the most charming. Many now wonder if competing in beauty pageants adversely affect a child’s development. Beauty pageants deprive children of their confidence and childhoods because they lower girls self esteem, they force children to look and act like adults, and they teach young girls about unrealistic beauty standards, and other negative messages. Beauty Pageants deprive children of their confidence and