“Barbie Doll” was written back in the seventies by Marge Piercy. In this poem the reader will become familiar with the word “girlchild” and other stereotypes that are expected of women very quickly . She did not only write, but advocated for women through her writing as well. “Her novels generally address larger social concerns through sharply observed characters and brisk plot lines. Though generally focused on issues such as class or culture, and usually written from a feminist position, … fiction”(Poetry Foundation internet). Modern day feminist believe in equal rights for women to those that men have (“The… Feminist”). In the poem Barbie Doll, the audience witnesses the common life and problems a girl is faced with during their lifetime. In the poem Barbie Doll, Marge Piercy goes on a small journey on what it is like to be a girl; with this piece of writing she shows how she is a great modern day feminist.
This girlchild was born as usual and presented dolls that did pee-pee and miniature GE stoves and irons and wee lipsticks the color of cherry candy.
The in the magic of puberty, a classmate said:
You have a great big nose and fat legs.
Here Piercy is yet showing her feminist side. In the first stanza Piercy is saying how a girl is simply born into the world; in the time of her growing up she plays with her dolls that can pee-pee and play with her small toy set stove, along with smaller version lipstick that she wears because she is not quite the age for…