The poem “Barbie Doll” written by Marge Piercy is about the pressure of fitting into society. We look at a healthy girl that had a normal childhood. She grew up playing with toys according to her gender and was considered smart at school. . This girl had an endless number of qualities for having a wonderful future.
It is the best-selling fashion doll in every major global market, with worldwide annual sales of about $1.5 billion .In the poem “Barbie Doll”, she was a typical girl having “dolls that did pee-pee and miniature GE stoves and irons”() as many girls did growing up. The doll was inspiration for young girls to be full of fashion with the countless amount of clothing and the joy of have an imaginary perfect life. What have also been discover about the dolls is there thin weightless bodies. The doll”Influence girls' self-concept and body image should begin by considering them as role models from a symbolic interactionist perspective, through which the thin beauty ideal signified by Barbie is gradually internalized through fantasy and play (Dittmar). They see the doll not only as a toy but the way life should be.
Immediately she begins to perform the role in which she is able to find power in when, realizing that the Barbie doll “had to be true to her Spanish costume,” she thanks Mrs. Fanning in Spanish (Alvarez 192). In El Flamenco, Sandi learns the power that can be gained in fulfilling a cultural stereotype and privileged ideas of beauty, and becomes a Spanish American Barbie doll. The decision that Sandi makes to diminish her identity to a Spanish American Barbie doll in order to gain power leads to the conflict that she experiences as an adult. Although Sandi’s appearance is privileged in American culture, “…fine looks, blue eyes, peaches and ice cream skin, everything going for her!” she wishes she could be darker skinned like her sisters, more like a Spanish Barbie doll (Alvarez 52). Her mother calls her a “spirit of contradiction,” and these tensions surrounding her character seem to defy interpretation (Alvarez 52).
Princess Sparkle Heart gets a Makeover by Josh Schneider, is a book that reflects both traditional and nontraditional norms because it’s about a girl, Amelia, and her doll that becomes damaged and then replaced with different body parts that don’t fit cultural expectations that normally portray a girl doll and Amelia still views her as beautiful. From looking at the book cover, you would expect this book to only reflect traditional norms. The title is pink, sparkly, and the font is flowy but at the same time it’s bold. Half of the words in the title are sparkly and the other half is made up of different patterns, and has screws and buttons sticking through them. The title turns from pink and frilly to bold and creative.
She uses these dolls to represent women, “ … the porcelain of the hands and face was always translucent; it had an ivory tint to it that formed a great contrast with the curled whiteness of the bisque faces”(7). These dolls are a clone of women, perfect skin, perfect tonedness, just appealing to the eyes. Later on in the story the young doctor begins selling the doll piece by piece. In my opinion is his wife, he is taking her apart, piece by piece. The aunt made all these dolls and gave each to her kids, each year when they grow up.
The poem Barbie Doll by Marge Piercy is a short poem that talks about a little girl who is born just like any other little girl. She plays with dolls and little ovens and messes around with makeup. She is fine and unbothered with her life till she hits puberty. Around that age she has a classmate tell her “you have a big nose and fat legs.” She was a girl who was healthy, strong, and intelligent but, she was apologizing to everyone for what they saw. She dieted and exercised to try and be better and she put a smile on her face to make it all seem okay but, it got tiring and she couldn't do it anymore so she gave up her nose and legs.
Within the first four lines the girl is guided towards the expectations set in her future. Referred to as a ”girlchild”, her gender becomes her identity (Sepe), forsaking her chance for an individual path. In lines two and three the girl is “Presented dolls that did pee-pee and miniature GE stoves and irons”. The doll represents the girl becoming a mother and the stove and iron are objects typically associated with housekeeping (Sepe) thus acclimating the girl to the idea of housework and motherhood being the central dogma in a woman's life. Piercy specifically writes “ presented” so as to bring attention to formality of the process, making it sound like a tradition rather than a choice.
As Piercy states “This girlchild was born as usual / and presented dolls that did pee-pee / and miniature GE stoves and irons / and wee lipsticks the color of cherry candy (1-4).” As displayed, word “presented” indirectly portrays that the girl did not have a choice in what she wanted to play with, just a common plaything used to mold the girl to what society wanted. In addition, the author is able to describe the girl’s entire life just through a few words by gradually increasing the age of use for each of the objects the girl is “presented”- from “dolls” to “lipstick.” Just from this, it is clear that the “girlchild” is led and therefore influenced to a certain path which that is acceptable to the culture around her. Furthermore, the girl is so affected by her surroundings that when she is told “You have a great big nose and fat legs,”(5) “…she cut off her nose and legs / and offered them up”(17-18). Here, the girl ends up paying the ultimate price in order to fit into her community. The “great big nose” and “fat legs” serve as symbols of her nature and when they are dismembered, she loses a part of who she really is.
In the film, we see that Scottie sees Madeline for the first time wearing a green dress. Madeline is portrayed as a beautiful lady with her hairstyle and her dressing style. This makes Scottie to fall in love with Madeline. Later on, when Scottie losses Madeline when she passes away, Scottie sees Judy wearing a green dress and this reminds him of Madeline, so the film goes on to dress up Judy trying her best to imitate Madeline in order for Scottie to love her more. We also see that Judy holds on to a dress with the color of purple, showing us that Purple color symbolizes the true Judy that Judy herself wants to be and also wants Scottie to love her for who she is and not using Judy to remember Madeline for himself.
In Marge Piercy’s poem “Barbie doll,” she describes a time when a little girl growing up think she is was perfect. The story begins with a little girl thinking she was a perfect girl; however, once puberty came in to her life. She was bullied by everyone saying that she had a big nose and fat legs. The girl was healthy, smart, but she was always being sorry. She did everything she could to make herself perfect.