Perfection In Marge Piercy's Barbie Doll

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In the 1970s, the world of American women was restricted in almost every way possible. Women were expected to play a strict role in the cruel society of America. Hidden beneath the hopes and dreams of equality women faced depression and self-depreciation. Marge Piercy was one of the few that spoke out about this quiet issue. 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.
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