Barbie Essay

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Reegan Martell English 1110 Dr. Adams 12/08/2011 Argument Analysis: “Our Barbies, Ourselves” Since its debut in 1959, a molded plastic doll named Barbie has become an icon. Barbie became the icon that functioned as both an outlet for girls' dreams and an ever-changing reflection of American society. Emily Prager is one of the many young girls that grew up as having Barbie as one of their favorite toys. Emily Prager is a columnist with the New York Times and in her spare time she has published many books such as World War ll Resistance Stories; A Book of Humor, “Official I hate Videogames Handbook”, and many others. In this article Prager questions how Barbie had an effect on her life as a child growing up and how she viewed Barbie as well. Also questioning how young girls today are feeling the pressure to measure them to the iconic Barbie doll. The intended pathos for this piece has a wide range including young girls and middle aged women. Prager’s claim in this article is to educate and provide some relief for girls that have experienced the effects that the media and dolls like Barbie have had on them. The rhetorical stance that Prager conveys is that Barbie is one of the many reason that young adolescent girls today have body image issues. The intended pathos for “Our Barbies, Ourselves” is directed to those who can relate to Prager’s feelings towards Barbie. Young and middle aged girls can understand Prager’s reasoning for her mixed feelings. Prager gives examples of how she played with Barbie when she was younger and how she felt knowing that Barbie and Ken could never become romantic. Those who have played with Barbie dolls at some length can grasp what Prager was talking about. Prager chose this audience because she is well aware that Barbie was the most popular doll for girls. She knew that subliminally every girl or woman was thinking the same thing
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