This “perfect” image that is modeled by Barbie dolls has shaped the way young woman view themselves and others. Most girls, including the female in the poem, believe that Barbie is the standard for acceptance and any exceptions are viewed as ugly or weird. This has shaped our society for the worse in a sense that young girls are being bullied and judged for something out of their hands. Piercy shows this, through the use of irony when she states, “Then in
Instead they show praise towards her and her whiteness by buying white baby dolls, even for black girls. “The big, the special, the loving gift was always a big, blue-eyed Baby Doll….all the world had agreed that a blue-eyed, yellow-haired, pink-skinned doll was what every girl child treasured.” Not only do the girls of this novel learn that whiteness is superior through the white baby dolls and the idealization of Shirley temple but adult women too have learned to despise their own color and learn as they grow that whiteness is the desired color. Whiteness is considered the cleaner color. When Pecola spills berries all over the clean white ladies house this
It is bad that Barbie, a 6 foot tall, 100 pound, size 0, infertile doll is possibly believed to be realistic and perfect (Bennett, Saren). She is one of many reasons young girls eventually develop a low self-esteem and an inaccurate idea of body image. Due to Barbie, young girls have also developed eating disorders, and the lust for unnecessary, unrealistic material objects. Girls should not be pressured about the way they look, act, and dress (Bennett, Saren). By definition, Barbie is a trademark doll representing a slim, shapely young woman, especially one with blond hair, blue eyes, and fair skin (Barbie).
This is exactly what the movie, Mean Girls, does. It focuses on certain aspects of teens’ lives and overdramatizes them to add humor and to show the negative effects of certain behavior. Through the clicks, girl drama, raging parties, and many sex scenes, Mean Girls fits perfectly into the teen comedy mold. While Mean Girls addresses many cultural ideologies, central to the movie, one that is overplayed is the female stereotype. Mean Girls attempts to critique the typical female stereotype by using the plastics to over exaggerate the glamour and happiness that comes from being popular.
After that, she can only view herself as a big nose and fat thighs. In a society which places such high expectations on appearance, women are quick to accept the careless comments of others as truth and take drastic actions in order to conform to society's unrealistic image of beauty. At an early age, a little girl’s mind is tainted with the idealistic images and expectations of what a woman should be. In the poem, the girl is “presented dolls that did pee-pee and miniature GE stoves and irons and wee lipsticks the color of cherry candy.” Piercy paints an image of a little girl playing with dolls, a stove, and makeup. The girl’s parents have already instilled a visualization of what the perfect woman is like.
My intelligence was offended when Teacher Barbie came out in the 90’s but had to be recalled because she didn’t wear panties. Mattel that was tasteless and wrong. I never understood the whole concept of playing with a teenage doll when I was little. What were girls thinking? Didn't they play with dolls to change diapers and feed them?
It is a beauty pageant for young girls. There is a lot of drama and it's entertaining to some viewers. In this show little girls go all out getting dressed up, and getting their hair and make-up done. They look like little barbies. They compete against other contestants for an award of money, pageant titles, trophies, and a big sparkly tiara.
Some might say that the unrealistic shape of Barbie will hurt young girls’ perception, but as one of the designers of Barbie company say “girls’ perceptions are so different than grown ups’ perceptions about what real is and what real isn’t….. Girls view the world completely differently than grown-ups do” (Birdie, 2014). This statement explains the unrealistic shape of Barbie dolls as it shows that the Barbie dolls are created to fit in young girls’ world and not the opposite. The thought of Barbie dolls having a bad influence on kids is totally wrong. Barbie dolls are just a source of entertainment for kids and meanwhile it cherishes their dreams.
Her outfit is impeccable; she plasters on her best Barbie smile, and heads out to take down the competition. Once they have been painted, plucked and primped to perfection, like an army of girly, non-ghoulish Chucky dolls, these primadonna princesses ascend the stage to strut their stuff in hopes of being recognized for their superior qualities and dedication to their passion. All of this and more
Many know The Little Mermaid as a “classic” children’s movie. When little children, girls specifically, are watching this movie, they want to be like the good character and subconsciously do things that would make them seem more like Ariel. This makes little girls think that they must have blue eyes, perfect hair, a thin waist, large hips and that they must possess a large chest. This is what Disney has planted into young girls minds, and that this is the only way to snag the man of their dreams, Prince Eric. Moreover, girls watching the movie do not want to be like the evil character.