Essay on Barbie Doll 's Influence On Women 's Culture

1686 Words Feb 29th, 2016 null Page
March 9, 1959 was the Barbie Doll debut, and since then she has become one of the largest cultural icons for women that America has ever seen (History). The fashion doll was in the hands of a great deal of young girls, and Barbie was a part of their lives—she soon their idol. Although, with the idolization of Barbie came “fixed gender roles, heterosexual norms and consumerist values to which women must strive” (Toffoletti). The effects of Barbie on women’s culture lasts longer than just childhood, and translates into adulthood as we idolize professional cheerleaders, celebrities, and models—comparing women to Barbie dolls. Barbie is an artifact to Women’s culture in America because she is what so many women strive to become, and what numerous men have come to expect women to look like and that in today’s poplar culture we value people on their “social class, age, race, [and] gender.” (Rogers). To start, Aurora Sherman argues that Dolls are a “vector of sexualization.” Sherman goes on to talk about how Barbie’s usual clothing style “highlights only the doll’s physical appearance and her unattainable figure.” In most Barbie packages the doll usually comes with sparkly dresses, skirts, and extremely feminine clothes. Even in the career sets of Barbie, for example the doctor Barbie, her outfit still contains more pink than most real female doctors wear on a daily basis, along with skirts that are not practical to practice medicine in. Plus, as humans we like to mold the perfect…

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