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    Barbie Stereotypes

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    tiny waist, doll boobs, full lips and a California tan. Most Barbie dolls have ruined the perception of beauty for girls all over the world. These “perfect”, unrealistic dolls have set an impossible standard thousands of girls fail to meet, therefore causing self esteem issues they could carry into adulthood. These dolls may seem harmless, but the damage they bring into the lives of women all over the world is catastrophic. Barbie, society’s perception of a perfect girl, is the cookie cutter

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    The idea of the Barbie Doll has been debated or many years. Released in 1959 during the largest feminist movement in America, it was labeled as an icon for women. However, the physical appearance of Barbie has caused many feminists to argue its intentions. It portrays unrealistic body standards for women, accentuated by tight, skimpy outfits. At a very young age, girls are taught to be perfect and perky. Additionally, the Barbie doll has implications of being inferior to men. Barbie is also seen as

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    Barbie Doll Idealism

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    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

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    Essay On Barbie Dolls

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    As we know every young girl in her childhood had a barbie doll. Barbie dolls were used to play with and to make children feel like they had a friend. The first barbie doll was made in the 50s and the way it looked like was the dream of how every girl wanted to be once they get older. Over the years’ barbie dolls have changed their fashion as it has changed on the reality. Today barbie dolls are not as famous as they used to be, because now technology is taking over. Even though It is just a doll

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    Barbie And Ken Sociology

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    presents teach us that boys should exhibit strength, power, aggression, and self-confidence, while girls should exhibit innocence, grace, emotion, and beauty. This is never more obvious than when one analyzes the complex sociological relationship between Barbie and Ken. Obviously, there are many similarities between the two; both are gorgeous, both exude luxury, and both often represent the aspirations of young boys and girls across America. However, gender, race, and

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    I believe that in “Barbie-Q”, Cisneros is identifying society as the enemy. In the story the little girl is constantly trying to get her Barbie to be as good as the other Barbie’s. However, she has to buy them from Maxwell Street at a flea market where some are burned or soaking wet because of the toy factory that caught fire. She is justifying that her Barbie collection, even though it is not from brand new boxes, it is still a Barbie no matter where it came from. Society as a whole is telling this

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    March 9th 1959, a molded plastic doll named Barbie has become an icon for little girls everywhere. The product line is one of the most successful in the history of the toy industry by selling over a Billion Barbie dolls worldwide throughout history in over 150 countries, with Mattel, Barbie 's inventor claiming that at least three dolls are sold every second. Barbie however has caused some controversy; many parents from around the world have argued that Barbie 's ultra-slim figure represents a ridiculous

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    Sandra Cisnero's Barbie-Q

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    that ease in life. For other families who are struggling just to make ends meet providing for the child is the first priority, not toys. Those families don’t have the extra money to be splurging on unnecessary items, like toys. In the short story, “Barbie-Q” by Sandra Cisnero the narrator’s family is poor and she understands that and appreciates the new dolls very much. The narrator is positive about her situation because her optimism, her age and her socio-economic status however the reader should

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    ‘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

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    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

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    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

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    In the poem “Barbie Doll” by Marge Piercy, the tone of the poem starts off with a child-like feel to it. The main character in the poem is a girlchild who “was born as usual” (line 1) but never gets the chance to feel contend or safe in who she is for her character but is judged by others for her looks; when all she wants is to be accepted for who she is as a person. The girlchild in this poem embodies all girls in society. It shows a little insight that each little girl was made to feel unaccepted

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    Marge Piercy Barbie Doll

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    poem “Barbie Doll”, written by Marge Piercy describes the life of a girl all the way from her childhood years to her death. Through the poem, the reader develops an understanding of the pressures females face when growing up. Women are influenced by many negative factors that contribute to them modifying their looks and behavior to “fit it”. In this poem, the reader clearly can see that even from a young age females are almost misled by society to try and be this perfect image of a Barbie Doll. There

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    Bild Lilli Doll which inspired The Barbie Doll, which represented an adult body. The Barbie Doll was launched in March 1959 and was manufactured by the American toy company, Mattel. The Barbie Doll line includes four body types, seven skin tones, twenty-four hairstyles and twenty-two eye colours, including numerous fashions and accessories. The Barbie Doll has changed over the years due to the changing fashions, interests and beliefs over the decades. The Barbie Doll

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    In the article “Plastic, Fantastic Barbie” by Amy Goldman Kass she rebuttals against the war on the Barbies that girls around the world have loved since the beginning of their 54-year career. Koss defends the physical stature of Barbie saying that “Kids don’t care about Barbie’s proportions; they just appreciate that she’s older than they are and can therefore take greater risks and have wilder adventures.” (Kass 1) She makes that point that children don’t necessarily care about what their dolls

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    Abbey Dalisay “Barbie” I'm a Barbie girl, in the Barbie world Life in plastic, it's fantastic! You can brush my hair, undress me everywhere Imagination, life is your creation Come on Barbie, let's go party! I'm a blond bimbo girl, in a fantasy world Dress me up, make it tight, I'm your dolly You're my doll, rock'n'roll, feel the glamour in pink, Kiss me here, touch me there, hanky panky... You can touch, you can play, if you say: "I'm always yours" Whenever I hear this song by Aqua, I feel like

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    something, the more influence it has over the person. This was perfect for Barbie. She is a doll and is played with by girls all over the world. She has caused big controversy over her appearance and some people want to make her have a more realistic look. Barbie is a bad role model for young girls. Barbie has a perfect appearance, she is very stereotypical, and she causes girls to have poor mental health. To begin with, Barbie is a bad role model, because she has a perfect appearance. She has flawless

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    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

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    Once the doll came out in 1959, they soon were flying off the shelfs. When Handler Handler believed "Barbie always represented the fact that a woman has choices” ("Entrepreneur in from History”). Barbie was always clothed in many different kinds of unique jobs that women had never had the chance to be. Girls could now play with this doll and say to themselves that they could be more than just a homemaker. Girls then had this choice of following their dreams rather than for the world to shun them

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    Society views the perfect woman as a “barbie doll.” Society places too much pressure on women to become an image like a “barbie doll.” Society can have big impacts on a person with his or her appearance. Society is the biggest competition a person has to impress. If society is not impressed, one will not be impressed. One will change his or her appearance because society does not like them. The poem “Barbie Doll” by Marge Piercy shows one the effects of society. “Barbie Doll” portrays many types of elements

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