Negative Effect Of Barbie Doll

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Despite their glorious success Metall fails to give young girls a positive outlook on growing into a respectable woman. Instead young girls are desiring to model the lifestyle of Barbie. A fantasy lifestyle of a beautiful woman with perfect bone structure, skin complexion, long legs, and nice hair. Young girls who love Barbie are more in love with her life rather than the doll. Today, in Japan young girls are refusing to play with their dolls. Instead, it 's more common to dress the doll and hang it up to admire the look unlike American girls who are constantly seen physically playing with dolls. Barbie has been used to model girls’ behavior and creates different mind sets with these girls around the world because it 's so easy to model the …show more content…
The national Barbie conventions held worldwide are a great example of the effect the doll has had on people. Children and young adults dress Barbie and themselves up into their own fantasy and feel proud of the reflection it has to the public. Allen, a Barbie player creates a whole playground “life” of Barbie in his own home. He uses his own life experiences and the names of his friends to name his dolls. Rather than living his life in reality, he expresses the comfort he feels playing with the dolls even when knowing the negative views others might have. These cases are all evidence of the negative effect Barbie dolls have had on children and adults throughout time. The ideas and images presented to us exert a powerful influence over our lives and greatly influence how we think about gender. Today, two Barbie’s are being sold every 30 seconds worldwide and instead of comforting children to fit into the societal norm, society should be educating these children about the difference between gender and sex, culture and ethnicity, genetics and biology, puberty etc. which are all subjects that will influence their minds in a positive way. But in order to understand how Ruth Handler herself came up with the ‘ideal’ Barbie look, we must first look at how women have been treated since before the birth of Barbie, and how stereotypes …show more content…
The acceptance of racial stereotypes causes it to become an identifying characteristic in society. Once society is accepting, it is easy for them to fall into the inferior position, where they hold back their own perceptions and opinions. Holding such dominate stereotypes against women of color changes their mentality and mind set dramatically because it causes women to isolate themselves and become reluctant to apply themselves into society. This is dangerous because we create our own boundary line with stereotypes that we use in order to identify ourselves. Racial stereotypes also determine the perception and mind set of any individual of any ethnicity. Researchers have done studies that highlights the power that stereotypes hold over judgment and behavior. Researchers demonstrated that stereotypes can directly influence behavior which is a pattern known as the “assimilation effect”. Barbie is an exceptional example of the assimilation effect as it became a part of popular culture and influenced the behavior and mind sets of many young girls. These behavioral effects aren’t characteristics we are born with, they are taught to us, thru political socialization’s, Media, Education, Religion, etc. and without the proper direction these stereotypes will continue to linger on and negatively affect our

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