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.
Piercy analyzes the girl from birth and uses a detached, expecting tone to portray her normality. In lines two through five Piercy creates a bitter tone when talking about the toys her parents presented her as a child. Piercy's tone can also seem as if she is disgusted because she talks about the “dolls that did pee pee” and uses a sarcastic alliteration when she said “lipsticks the color of cherry candy” (2-4). At this point it is clear the child is a toddler or in adolescence since she plays with these toys that little girls are expected to pay with at that age. The first stanza abruptly ends with “You have a great big nose and fat legs.” (6).
Giovanny Sanchez May 5, 2012 Ms. Collins Barbie’s World In everyone’s childhood there is always that one special non-living figure in their personal lives, a figure we admired, something we looked up to be, like an idol. In “You Can Never Have Too Many,” Jane Smiley thanks Barbie for the effect she had on her daughter’s lives as they were growing up to be young adults; by teaching them the feminine side of woman at an early stage, which ultimately allowed their minds to have a lot more options when it really came down to figuring out who they wanted to be at an adult stage. Smiley however, does not effectively support this argument because she gives a lot of credit to Barbie for the way her daughters turn out to be but she’s forgetting
It all begins with a young girl being born into the world of judgment. Children believe everything they are told. If they are told they are beautiful, they will believe it until someone tells them otherwise. Young girls are impressionable by their mother’s and female counter part’s actions, such as wearing fancy clothes and putting on make-up. In the poem, the speaker states the girlchild has “wee lipsticks the color of cherry candy” (4), showing that she already wants to alter her appearance.
The instructor of the Beauty School fixes her hair but she now looks like a girl with Peter Pan hair. Only a mother with atrocious dreams for her daughter will blame a little girl for the beautician messing up the daughter's hair, as if the daughter has any control over the situation. After the Shirley Temple does not work out as well as planned, her mother decides for her to memorize all the capitals; when Jing-Mei cannot do that her mother wants her to multiply numbers in her
If you are one of the lucky ones, your surgery can give you wonderful, sometimes outrageously beautiful results. Cosmetic surgery in America is widely used for personal reasons, medical reasons, and to even gain a better chance at getting a job. Sadly growing procedures can largely be blamed on the Hollywood definition of beauty. Hollywood perfection is the key reason people change their look. To become an actor or actress, a lot of people change their appearance because they feel like their talent is just not enough.
“ Seen Through Rose-Tinted Glasses”: The Barbie Doll in American Society Wether we realize it or not the toys our kids play with everyday have an immense impact on their behavior and development. Motz essay describes the perfect example of what these toys do to our society. In her essay, Marilyn Ferris Motz describes how Barbie portrays an image of a woman that lives based on her appearance, her popularity and her status. When playing with this dolls, girls take on the role of a teenager or an adult woman, letting them imitate adult female behaviors they see on other people and on the media. Girls take on the role of the doll enabling them to participate in dating and other social activities.
The advancements in technology have brought about contemptuous lust for manifested, apparently beautifying plastic surgery procedures. The unattainable image that the media is projecting has persuaded this era’s youth and elder generations to change their bodily appearance to what they deem acceptable. However, most individuals do not take into consideration the harmful effect’s these body-altering surgeries produce. Extensive research has been conducted to reveal the consequences that result from undergoing plastic surgery. I shall attempt to shed some light on this topic pertaining to its increase due to the media.
Appearance In “Senior Picture Day,” Michelle Serros interprets that living in California being surrounded by the “perfect girl” makes her want to alter herself to look more attractive. She comes from a background of Indian decent and dislikes what her ancestors passed down; a rigid unattractive nose. Cathy Alter’s article, “The Minor Makeover,” goes one on one with young girls who look too much into trends and must have everything designer to feel popular and pretty. Preteen perception of an “ideal look” still lingers today. “When quizzed, they rattle off a list of favorite designers as if they're reciting the periodic table, instantly recognize the significance of Glickman's purse being a Jil Sander, and rhapsodize over the genius of Andre, a personal shopper at Mazza Gallerie's Neiman Marcus.
Two Kinds(Amy Tan) 'Two Kinds' by Amy Tan depicts a Chinese girl Jing-mei who is constantly being expected to become a child prodigy from her mother. Her mother, a domestic cleaner, dreams of being famous and respected through her daughter's achievements. That is why she makes every effort to shape a genius out of her daughter. At first, Jing-mei's mother wants her to be a Chinese Shirley Temple, a movie star. Then, having read heaps of child-prodigy stories, the woman starts testing her daughter in various fields starting with geography and maths, and ending with the Bible.