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Banning Barbie Essay

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There has always been controversy as to whether Barbie should be banned. Barbie dolls were created decades ago so little girls can play with them and relate to them somehow; therefore, Barbie should not be banned. Barbie dolls are good for society, little girls have understood diversity, and they enjoy playing with them; however drawbacks would be that some little girls do not have the maturity to appreciate the symbolic value of a Barbie doll, it has become an obsession to look like her and, she is not an appropriate role model.
According to Lisa Belkin, Barbie is good for society because she’s fun to play with and she encourages little girls to use their imagination and dream big. Many young girls who play with Barbie dolls have realized that she is just a doll. Some of these little girls don’t have the desire to look like Barbie; they just think Barbie is just a doll that they play with and leave them everywhere. At a young age girls are given their first Barbie doll and thought what “perfect” should be. Barbie portrays the perfect image and life. Not only is Barbie tall, skinny, and beautiful, she has all the luxurious accessories to match her perfect life. To go along with her perfect life she is accompanied with the perfect boyfriend, family and dream house.At a young age girls are also being influenced by this doll, what they should look like, and what kind of life they sgould lead. Young girls strive to achieve this look which is life threatening to obtain. Regardless to the changes they made to Barbie, she is still far from real. Little girls that are mature enough don’t strive to look like Barbie because she’s just a plastic doll.(, 9). According to “The Intentions behind the creation of Barbie”, Barbie dolls can have an impact not only on children but on adults, both male and female. It also states that Barbie was created for boys and girls to have an imaginative outlet. Many researchers of Barbie are either entirely positive or negative in their outlook on the purpose of the doll. Ruth Handler, creator of Barbie, and many others believed that Barbie was a symbol of the independent women. People couldn’t stress the fact that Barbie was so perfect and so many people thought that she was the perfect role model for little girls. Even at that these little girls never got the attack in which Barbie is the way a real women is supposed to look like. They were mature enough to understand that Barbie doll is just a doll that they shouldn’t find themselves having to look like Barbie. (, 8)
According to “Pros and Cons about Barbie dolls for children”, Little girls understand diversity through their dolls so they would play with them as if they were different races. Barbie had a pretty amazing influence on these little girls. (,1) These little girls have never picked up any negativity off these Barbie dolls what so ever. Therefore, Barbie should not be banned. Girls of all ages have had a positive vibe of Barbie,...

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