How Barbie Is Affecting Young Girls

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How Barbie is affecting young girls She is perfectly skinny, has a perfect boyfriend and family, perfect hair, perfect house perfectly perfect. Yet how is this doll impacting the millions of young girls who are playing with her? Out of all the young girls in the world 95% of them own at least one Barbie if not more. When girls spend hours on end playing with their dolls their brain is retaining everything about that doll. How popular she is and perfect she is, and so naturally these girls are beginning to want to be just like Barbie, happy and perfect all of the time. There is always so much to look, act and dress. And young girls worldwide feel the need to fit in and the only way to do that is to look and act a certain way. Barbie has always been there to set the trends. Feminist say that Barbie is the cause of worldwide eating disorders, low self-esteem and false perception of beauty. Girls see Barbie as a role model they set out to be like her, but researchers have recently found that her body is so disproportionate. Barbie measurements would be 38-18-34, her head would be the same size as her waist, her breast would be too large for her to walk up straight and she would be too thin to menstruate. What girl wants to grow up to be like that? Barbie’s weight is set at 110 pounds and 6ft tall but not all girls know that except when in 1965 Mattel came out with a “slumber party Barbie” that came with a bathroom scale permanently set at 110 pounds, a book called “how to lose weight” and inside it said “don’t eat”. (Spags, 2011) Girls have been taught to view their bodies as objects to be changed, corrected, modified and controlled through money, diets and cosmetics. And women said that they were as young as six years old when they started noticing their body image. As many people do not know the history of Barbie. The creator of Barbie modeled her after the

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