The Barbie Effect

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First debuting in 1959, Barbie has mislead girls since their youth of what society perceives the perfect woman to look like. The average girl from ages 3-11 owns at least ten Barbie dolls and each hour spent playing with them, the more influence it has on them (Bennett, Saren). Yet, this is not a positive influence. Barbie is not the perfect role model for all girls. 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). Though, this definition of Barbie clearly leaves out the specific unrealistic proportional measurements of her “shapely body”. The definition also forgets to mention that it’s nearly impossible to survive with Barbie’s figure. Barbie has also evoked the body dysmorphic disorder within many individuals. This disorder is a disease, which causes the person to obsess over something they don’t like about their body—which may be extremely minor or unnoticeable to others (Hoskins, Stephanie). Such a disorder can easily lead to plastic surgery. Plastic surgery is the branch of surgery dealing with the repair or replacement of malformed, injured, or lost organs or tissues of the body, chiefly by the transplant of living tissues (Plastic). But, over the past 10 years, this definition has come to have a slightly different meaning for women. Many women now use plastic surgery to improve their

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