The Barbie Anomaly: The Ancient Greek Myth Of Narcissus

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The Barbie Anomaly

The success of Barbie as a meme in owed to her creator Ruth Handler. She was married to the co-owner of renowned toy company Mattel, and avid in the business and brought many ideas of success to her husband’s desk. Her greatest idea began when she saw her daughter Barbara playing with a paper doll. She decided that a three-dimensional plastic doll with an adult body would much more enjoyable for kids. Her idea was put on hold, though, because her husband and his partner believed no parents would buy that kind of doll for their kid. Even after her idea was thrown out she didn’t forget it all together.
As Ruth Handler was having a vacation with her family in Europe she came across a doll that she believed could be morphed into something special back in the states. She brought the doll home, and with a makeover she was ready to be marketed to girls as a teen model. Named after her daughter Barbara, Barbie hit the shelves in 1959 and a new form of American female beauty was inscribed into history. History, just like so many times before, would be drastically
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The myth is about a gorgeous young man, who was infatuated with himself. He ended up rejection a nymph named Echo who was in love with him. Due to his distasteful ways the goddess of revenge attracted him to a pool. She made him fall into a deep state of love with his reflection. He never left his sight and eventually withered away and died. Ought of pity he was turned into flowers next to the reflecting pool by the goddess. The myth has similarities and differences to today’s Barbie. Girls are attracted to the reflecting pool because society holds personal appearance important. Instead, girls are not seeing how beautiful they are in the pool, they are trying to make their appearance resemble impossible standards. While trying to achieve their standards they forget what is going on around them, resulting in losing

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