Essay on Barbie As A Role Model

1013 Words Mar 30th, 2016 null Page
The barbie doll has been around for over 50 years. At a young age, kids don’t pay much attention to how fat or skinny their dolls are. The standards to look like Barbie are impossible to achieve. If she were a real person, she would be forced to walk on all fours and would not be able to fit all of her vital organs in her body.. but that’s the point. She is not a real person. She is just a doll that is meant for play. Her body type is just to make the doll itself more attractive. Barbie is not intended to act as a physical model, like something we should try to make ourselves look like. Barbie is to act as a role model.

Some argue that she is not a good role model just because of her body image. They are so focused on what she looks like that they ignore what she represents.
“There are so many representations of Barbie doing jobs that are usually dominated by males, proving that she is an icon for feminism and an all-around good role model for young girls.”
“Men are usually the ones portrayed as doctors, NASCAR drivers or military officers, but Barbie will not stand for that. She sends a message to young girls telling them they are able to do anything that boys can do, essentially tearing apart the gender binary.”
She is a good influence in many other ways too. For example, Barbie dolls teaches the different types of ethnicity and that they can play together. “My Barbies were all different skin tones. My mother wanted me to understand diversity through my dolls,…

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