Compare And Contrast The Barbie Doll And Venus De Willendorf

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Register to read the introduction… Every day may have very well been a fight for food, shelter and territory. A man during these times blessed with a woman would have likely been very grateful for the ability to carry on with his own offspring. Perhaps, having an abundance of children would have been an indicator of his position and power (Witcombe). Right away modern society’s opinion of what is attractive becomes irrelevant when we put things into the survival perspective. In all actuality, studies have proven that men do not prefer women with smaller midriffs and breasts, and actually preferred the statuette of the Venus de Willendorf over other statuettes of seemingly more attractive Venus figures …show more content…
When we compare the Barbie doll era to the Venus de Willendorf era we can clearly see that our survival expectations and needs have progressed dramatically. In these days that our basic needs are met people focus more on issues of vanity and greed. Interestingly enough, Barbie portrays an unrealistic image for today’s women, while the image of Venus de Willendorf also likely portrayed a somewhat unrealistic image for women of the Paleolithic …show more content…
Obsession with image has become more prominent throughout time, and in today’s culture vanity is a bigger issue than ever before. In the time that the Venus de Willendorf was created the ancients had survival in mind, and part of that survival was being able to reproduce the species (Witcombe). Today, the female form is idolized with similar wants and desires in mind, but our idea of who we prefer to reproduce with has changed throughout the years. Women are often more critical of their body image then men. I do believe men’s instinct of choosing who to reproduce with is still as natural of an instinct as it was centuries ago. The use of one’s eyes and hands to convey what we perceive to be beautiful has been utilized since the existence of the very first human. It is truly amazing how works of art have survived for centuries to bring us insight into the lives of the ancients. The one thing that we know for certain from works of art such as Venus de Willendorf is that human beings are all fundamentally the same. Whether it is portraying what we worship or just what we desire to obtain or look like, we can find a way to take our thoughts and make them into works of art to be revered by the generations to

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