Essay on The Barbie Doll By Marge Piercy

1550 Words Dec 6th, 2016 7 Pages
The Barbie Doll Theory What is a Barbie doll? Why is she called Barbie? This Barbie Doll, aka Barbara got her start in society and flocked into the hearts of every little girl when she was first commercially released several years ago. It’s no wonder that many little girls saw Barbie as a person that they wanted to be. Barbara the Barbie doll was smart, beautiful, loved by everyone and could fulfill and succeed in any and every thing that she was made for. In the eyes of a little girl she was the sole image of perfection. Barbara the Barbie Doll, being a sole image of beauty and perfection has symbolized three things about all of us in our relation to society, that society influences how we see ourselves, secondly, we try to meet the needs of society through behavioral change and lastly we end up becoming the image of society just like Barbara the Barbie Doll. In 1971 during the rolling times of the second wave of the feminist movement came a poem called Barbie Doll by Marge Piercy. The poem starts off about a story of a little girl who likes herself but later on she tries to fit the needs and expectations of modern society. The little girl tries many things as the poem states, “She was advised to play coy, exhorted to come on hearty, exercise, diet, smile and wheedle. Her good nature wore out like a fan belt. So she cut off her nose and her legs and offered them up” (Barbie Doll Poem). Referencing at an earlier point in the poem before she ultimately cut off her nose and…

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