Even if the company claimed that Tokidoki Tattoo Barbie is for adult collection, the company sells Totally Stylin ' Tattoos Barbie, which came complete with removable sticker tattoos and a 'tattoo gun ' stamp. The Barbie dolls have very slim physical appearance which influences the child into wanting to have perfect body shape like Barbie. Children like to emulate adult figures and Barbie dolls become their role models. For example, in her interview in 1977, Ruth Hander, the co-founder of Mattel company acknowledged this fact by stating “Every little girl needed a doll through which to project herself into her dream of her future,…If she was going to do role playing of what she would be like when she was 16 or 17, it was a little stupid to play with a doll that
I was procrastinating on my Mom’s request because this meant my childhood was moving in another direction. As I hesitantly stack each Barbie away I reminisce about the years of entertainment, comfort, and creativity these dolls have provided. In the bottom of the bin, I uncover Rapunzel. My eyes swell with tears as my heart begins to pound. I am transported back to when I was six-years-old and she was my favorite Barbie.
How many of you have heard or seen the reality TV show: “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo”, or the more renowned; “Toddlers and Tiaras?”. It is a show where little girls below the age of ten, appear on stage wearing loads of makeup, tons of spray tan, with their nails done, fake hair and fake teeth to be judged on their beauty, personality and costumes. Parental ambitions make their children socially challenged, Leading them to feel unconnected to other children and even resulting in permanent mental and physical damage. The parents have gone to extreme measures to ensure that their child is the best. At this rate the show should be called: “Barbie’s and Tiaras”.
1. In the opening paragraphs Wong compares her new Kira doll with the others Barbie dolls in her collection by establishing their differences in color hair, such as “beautiful with clouds of blond or light brown hair (Wong 3).” Also the other Barbie dolls in her collection has “broad, toothy smiles, and wide open eyes (Wong 3)”. Also “their outfits were perfect (Wong 4)” However, Wong describe her new Barbie as “black-haired” and “slanted eyes” as well as “her lips were curved into a more secretive, sly smile (Wong 3)” 3. The Barbie dolls serves as symbols for the girls by illustrating their own physical beauty and differences and portraying the “perfect” versus the “imperfect and incomplete” girl. In other words, the Barbie dolls represent for the girls what they should actually be or look, a model representation of
The article ‘Normal Barbie’ Creator Introduces New ‘Normal Ken’ Doll correlates to Chapter 4 and many of the sections including Disciplining Gendered Bodies, objectification, and attractive men. The article, written by Caroline Bologna, a parents editor at the Huffington Post, discusses the new invention of a more realistic male Barbie doll with a more realistically proportioned body. The article is based around Nickolay Lamm, the creator of Lammily dolls. Lammily dolls also referred to as “normal” Barbie dolls were created two years ago to combat the unrealistic beauty standard that girls across the country are faced with each and every day. The creation of these realistically proportioned dolls have assisted in creating an empowering marketing campaign as well as an educational accessory for young girls.
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.
For example, “Young contestants like Karley endure a lot in the name of “beauty”: eyebrow waxes, wigs, heavy makeup, manicures, and partial dentures called “flippers” that fill in gaps left by missing front teeth” (Source E). Karley, a four-year-old, is already being led to believe that in order to be beautiful, she must “fix” her looks. Losing teeth is a normal part of childhood and this should not be considered “unattractive”. Pageants also encourage girls to “change their looks to fit narrow, invented standards of beauty” (Source E). By doing so, pageants provide unrealistic expectations for young women and make them feel sorry for themselves and wish for a “better appearance”.
This description of what the Disney Princess is like; give us a big concern in the influence this image is giving to the little girls. Unfortunately, what girls learn as children carries on into adulthood. They have problems in understanding what it really means to be beautiful since the stereotype of the Disney Princess, they also learn in finding a ‘Prince’ that has a lot of money, which truly means they are not finding true love or getting in love of someone for who they really are just only because of what they have to offer. Women must learn that Princesses are only for entertainment not an example of
The obsession to lose weight is sometimes due to women being continuously pressured by some influential factors. These factors include models, physical attractiveness or even being peer pressured by a member of their family. However the most powerful factor is models in magazines that happen to have what people call perfect bodies. Models are responsible for human beings craving the ‘perfect’ body. The media is responsible for young girls becoming self conscious after buying thin Barbie dolls, thinking being skinny, fake and blonde is the correct way to go.
Although some people think that beauty pageants give kids a confidence boost, many find that this competition causes body image issues and a loss of childhood for the participants. Beauty pageants are judged almost solely on physical appearance. Children who participate in them get the idea that only looks are important. The typical beauty queen has perfect hair, teeth, skin, face, and a slim, toned body. Young girls that are ages two to eighteen cannot be expected to look like this.