In Marge Piercy’s poem “Barbie Doll,” the girl-child was perceived on the effect that society has expected in women. There stood a hazardous trend that raged in her society causing self-destruction. This comes to comparing the normal to unreal to satisfy on what society begs the girl child to be. This may occur within both genders. However, in the poem “Barbie Doll” it was more likely to occur within a girl gender.
The Barbie dolls are causing the little girl to feel insecure so that she needs to make her Barbie’s appear as if they were new. This insecurity may develop over time to a low self-esteem. Society makes it seem that women have to be beautiful, skinny housewives that are dependent on men. Barbie is contributing to these ideals. “Because we don’t have money for a stupid-looking boy doll when we’d both rather ask for a new Barbie outfit next Christmas.” The little girl feels pressured by not having a Ken doll, but at the same time all of the little girls would rather ask for a new outfit with accessories than a new Ken
Although women's rights movements were in full throttle women still faced the constant battle with society, the idea of perfection. In Piercy's poem “Barbie Doll” she writes of how growing up is hard enough without superficial insinuation. Piercy's poem explores a story many can relate, how puberty and other harsh elements of the world can weaken a young girl's mind and spirit.
“Barbie Doll” by Marge Piercy, makes me feel some type of way in an uncertain sense. I feel like our society tries to make it seem as if a woman has to be perfect on the outside. Its so much pressure put on women, from weight loss commercials even to what guys post on insta-gram with a caption of “Hot” or heart eyes. Its almost as if society is saying of well if you don’t look like this then you don’t look good. That isn’t the case at all, the bigger problem is the fact that women are starting to be so insecure and so uptight within their selves they cant even see there true beauty at finest.
The characters in the poem and short story “Barbie Doll” by Marge Piercy and “The Birth-Mark” by Nathaniel Hawthorne can both relate to one another in the fact that the public sets expectations for women. “Then in the magic of puberty, a classmate said:/ You have a great big nose and fat legs.” (Piercy 5-6) This quote from the poem “Barbie Doll” is an exceptional example of our general society making fun of an adolescent, who does not meet the societal expectations that have been set for women, until a tragic event happens. Another superb example of this negative concept would be, “Georgiana,” said he, “has it never occurred to you that the mark upon your cheek might be removed?” (Hawthorne 341) This direct quote comes from the short story “The Birth-Mark” and implies that appearance is a great example of a societal expectation. Society shapes the lives of many women by implying the importance of behavior, appearance, and success. Many women are judged because they do not meet these expectations that we have set in society.
Piercy has an issue with “Barbie Doll” and the expectations society puts on women. The way society impacts the decisions that young girls make, forms from what they see and read. Piercy has an issue with the way that young girls look in magazines and on T.V., which advertises skinny models and celebrities. Young girls get the idea and feel compelled to look, act, and dress “perfect” converting with today's society. An example showing society’s actions affecting the “girlchild” were when, “Her good nature wore out like a fan belt.
Barbie Doll is written by Marge Piercy in 1973.She wrote this poem with a clear point to point out one of our society flaws.While Not everyone views this as a bad thing, but how societies pressures are influencing girls to live up to society's standards has a damaging effect on females and gives them low standards goals on life such as just being a housewife.The poem opens up with the narrator speaking in third person. Throughout the poem the person speaks in a light-hearted sarcastic tone. The theme of the poem is how young girls in society are expected to live up to society's standard of beauty. There is proof throughout the paragraph showing this sad trait. In lines 1-5 The girl is playing with baby dolls, make up, and stoves.
In today’s society people want a women to have an extraordinary appearance. Marge Piercy's’ story Barbie Doll portrays the theme of how a person never feels fully perfect because of the views of society. Even though this poem was written back in 1936, we still have the same perception of how an ideal man or woman should look. In today's time, Social media is the main reason why people have these views. Girls are supposed to look a certain way to be considered attractive.
She was a political organizer and took part in a lot of different issues, feminism being one of them. In her free time Piercy wrote, through the poem Barbie Doll you can see how real life issues seeped into writing. The social issues really came through in this poem because this little girl was morphing to be this image that society told her to be. Around that time a woman’s voice was belittled and she was expected to change to be this person that everyone told her to be. People then didn't clearly see the consequence that young girls especially were going through just to try an attain this unattainable
They see the doll not only as a toy but the way life should be. Some girls live through the pretending and act of being a doll which is the understand of what perfection and beauty. Their bodies are unrealistic, unattainable, and unhealthy. Young girl tend to attachment them self what seem to be the way to go. Body dissatisfaction among young girls can cause them to have negative self-perception, depressed mood, and disordered