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.
As a little girl you are encouraged to be who you want to be. You fill your world with fairy tales or Barbie dolls that inspire you to believe that the sky is the limit. But little do you know, that as you grow older, the dreams you are forging for yourself is no longer achievable. Where you once saw the sky as the limit is now transformed to be seen as a man’s word as the limit. No little girl, you are not liberated nor are you empowered…you are simply propagated by a man’s world to believe that you are.
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.
Can Every Girl Be a Princess? : Disney’s Biased Color Symbolism in Their Princess Movies If we believe Cinderella than “[e]very girl can be a princess” (Grady and Panzer). Actually, we have nothing more to do than “close [our] eyes and see” and then with a tip of the magic wand, we will be gone from “just [us] to royalty” (Grady and Panzer). But is it really this easy? For many young girls the Disney princesses serve as idols.
One aspect of Lolita that transcends both school and home life is her ability to play duplicitous roles. Lolita is an actress at school, despite Humbert’s wishes. Similarly, at home Lolita acts as an innocent child who teases Humbert to get what she wants, or she can scheme with intention to escape. The dichotomy of Humbert’s reality appears further in his forcation of children to be idols of perfection. Here it is clear that Lolita is truly about the pursual of art and unattainable beauty, here in the form of a child (Mergerle 342).
In “Pretty Hurts” sang by Beyonce, the speaker was taught from a young age to care about appearances. Throughout the story the speaker struggles with herself, and she thinks she is not good enough. In the end she comes to realization, and shes says she is finally happy with herself. Between these two sources, the theme; ‘Everybody needs to learn that you are beautiful in your own way, and don’t need to live up to beauty standards’ is shown between the dynamic character of the speaker in “Pretty Hurts” and the motif/symbol of the two Barbies in “Barbie”. The themes of these sources are practically the same and revolve around the base idea of ‘beauty standards not defining us, and you are beautiful in your own way.
This poem has an influential and powerful message for its readers. The two words “Barbie Doll” is an essential part of a little girl’s vocabulary and most every little girl owns a Barbie doll. The doll represents an image of a perfect woman; however, in reality, women should not expect to be perfect. This is a narrative poem which summarizes the life of a young girl. The poem begins with “This girl child was born usual.” This line indicates that the child is born like any normal child.
Young girls and women identify themselves as these character which affects not only how they view themselves but also their future roles in society based on the girls’ unrealistic beliefs. Disney fairy tales illustrate various stereotypical images that can ultimately affect the young minds
Low self-esteem in young girls is rumored to stem not only from the roles they assume they must fulfill, but also due to the conventional image of a princess (5). Women are indirectly taught that in order to be considered beautiful there is certain criteria that must be meant. Princesses are depicted as skinny images of perfection, which alters girls perception on what and where true beauty stems from. In fairy tales when males speak of princesses it is simply for their great looks and very rarely for the smarts or kindness they possess. Descriptions of beauty in this light stifles the ambitions of young girls and damages the perception of others who may not conform to these stereotypes
" When people make relentless efforts to become like Barbie -as possible, they are trying to be Barbie . - His representation of an ideal of beauty." ( Henderson, T. ) By sending this idea to the girls, they feel the necessity to fit in. Playing with the doll, the kids start adapting these trends and their brains registries everything about Barbie, such as how beautiful and popular she is, and naturally these girls will start wanting to be like her, which starts many of the on their way to eating disorders. “It’s estimated that 8 million people in the United States has an eating disorder, and only 10-15% of them are male.
“Beauty. At the mention of this word, most girls are inclined to take a quick look into a compact mirror or run a few fingers through their hair, sizing themselves up with the nearest advertisement featuring a flawless bottle blonde.” The fascination of women willing to spend hours in the bathroom to be prepared for the day to look like a model when only traveling to the corner store. Most would not even walk out of the house without makeup on in fear they will be judged by their appearance. The short story, Barbie Q, also shows the concept of girls trying to be “perfect.” It shows two girls trying to dress up their dolls to look top notch. They spend some much money on clothing, shoes, and accessories, even though they come from a low income family, just to make the doll look their best.