Argument Analysis: To Barbie Or Not To Barbie

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To Barbie or Not to Barbie Why does Barbie spark such an interest in younger girls if she has caused so much controversy over the years? There are many arguments that Barbie has a fully negative effect on little girl’s minds, but what about all the positive ones? Throughout the years Barbie has taken on more than 150 careers such as a CEO, Zookeeper, Racetrack Driver; you name it Barbie’s done it. “As an astronaut, she went to the moon 4 years before Neil Armstrong” according to the article Barbie Media by Mattel. Barbie has even run for president and won. When researching about Barbie I found many distasteful statistics. The article “Dying to be like Barbie” hit me hard because, although it makes a lot of great points, a Barbie doll shouldn’t …show more content…
I don’t want to say it exactly “sticks it to the man” but it does. By man I’m implying the feminists who have been against Barbie since day one. I believe this commercial was sent out to show them that a Barbie wasn’t made to make boundaries for the way girls should be, it was made to break them. The message behind Barbie is that girls have endless …show more content…
Blonde? Skinny? Girly? These are all stereotypes. Barbie is what we make of her. We have a much bigger influence on ourselves than a doll does. I believe we, as adults, overcomplicate the issue. I think little girls will not necessarily think that Barbie is the ideal for beauty unless we teach them that by our reactions to the doll. As said in previous paragraphs, there are many facts that Barbie can be a negative and positive aspect in the little girls mind but, these facts are purely based on opinions of the doll. If Barbie were big would we argue that it’s encouraging obesity? So here’s the initial question: To Barbie or not to Barbie? I think it was best said by Mattel, “You can be anything you want” –

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