Comparing Ourselves to Barbie

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I look beside me to see a perfectly sculpted blonde in high heels, towering over a rack of clothes. Her current outfit is impeccable, a business suit that hugs all her curves. I notice her pick out a size 3 skirt, and from a few feet away, I am scrutinizing her, trying to find something, anything, wrong with her Barbie figure. I use my telekinetic powers to make her magically gain fifty pounds while standing there. She glances up at me, and I briefly shift my glare into a weak smile. I envy this woman, but I am not alone. Many other women envy her too. Many women, just like me, are unhappy with their less than perfect bodies. In her essay, Barbie’s Body May be Perfect but Critics Remind Us It’s Plastic, Angela Cain analyzes how Barbie and other media icons affects women’s self image in our society. Barbie, one of the most popular fashion icons, has been shaping the way girls view their bodies since 1959. Barbie, and her unrealistic proportions, has been the idealistic body type. Women have struggled at great lengths to achieve the generally unattainable, to look like Barbie. Studies have shown that over 60 percent of women were unhappy with their bodies, as they have been raised comparing themselves with Barbie and other various models of the fashion industry. Women are left feeling inadequate and bad about themselves, which can lead to eating disorders. Kristen Overman, a mental health counselor says, “What’s frustrating for most women is that they’re generally stuck with the body type they have.” Body image, and girls’ perception on what they should look like, starts at adolescence, at home, with our parents, and in school, when trying to fit in with the rest of the girls their age. Acceptance becomes a priority at this age. Studies reveal children are going on diets in as early as the fourth grade. But “acceptance” could be relative. Studies prove that black

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