This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

Barbie Has Issues Essay

917 words - 4 pages

Are you or were you ever a child at a time in your life? I hope so. Making the assumption you were did you ever play with toys? Unless you were Egon Spengler most likely you did. Did you ever think the toys you played with or do play with could psychologically damage your mind? Especially modern toys with fancy technology embedded in the object. So should modern toys be reevaluated because, they have been shown to cause psychological and emotional damage?
Toys for young children are good. They give them something to do when the weather outside is frightful. Research has been shown to cause psychological problems when the get into their adult stage. One of the large toys with concerns is ...view middle of the document...

This brings me to my next point, toys teach important life skills like gender roles. “Through their toys, boys learn about adventure and physical activity outside the home” says Denise Starr, who wrote an article about how toys teach gender roles. Your stereotypical toy for a male child would be something like a police badge and gun or fireman’s helmet and engine. This shows them the stereotypical male gender role of working outside the home, earning the money, and having a high paying white collar job. Now for the other side, toys for small female kids. “Young girls learn (through their toys) that their roles take place in the home” says Denise Starr also. This is shown best though baby dolls, fake cooking items, and even the occasional play vacuum. Both of these, stereotypical as they may be, teach children how things are occasionally in the real world.
Toys are wonderful, I wouldn't be the person I am today without them.
Sometimes less is more, and with children’s play things that can be the case. “To many playthings prevent kids from fully developing their gift of imagination” claims Joshua Becker talking about how less toys can be very beneficial to children. In that quote he was talking about how having less toys compared to having a plethora of them can improve a child’s creativity because, it will make them think more and have more imagination with what they have. He also says that have less toys, they will take care of what they have. “When kids have too many toys, they will naturally take care of them.”
When it comes to new toys though, thats a whole different...

Find Another Essay On Barbie has issues

Barbie: Her Intentions and Her Impact

1319 words - 6 pages take care of themselves and seek various kinds of careers. It was also discouraging to women because she had an unrealistic body type. Due to the fact that Barbie is an icon, many women have tried to emulate Barbie specifically because of her appearance. In doing so it caused self-esteem issues instead of empowering women to do and be whoever and whatever they wanted. As time has progressed, it has been discovered that “Barbie is no longer forced

Barbie is a Good Role Model

1463 words - 6 pages have eating disorders or physical issues with them selves. Why not blame society for having certain ideals of what a girl should look like? Barbie has only been around for 40 years, where girls and women that are self conscious about themselves have been around much longer.

The Classic Barbie Doll is Propaganda

2402 words - 10 pages Looking at the surface of the classic Barbie doll, you see a plastic, pretty depiction of a young woman with tanned skin, blonde hair and blue eyes. Typically, looking at a Barbie you wouldn’t see any type of threat or negativity surrounding the harmless 10-inch doll. However, digging deeper beneath her plastic exterior, we can see the true effects this world-wide phenomenon has had on all different types of people and society as a whole. Before

Cultural Criticism: Barbie

1844 words - 8 pages has not been wholly positive – there have been numerous controversies, parodies, and lawsuits, all addressing a number of issues. One such issue is how Barbie promotes an unrealistic and unobtainable body image. For example, to scale, Barbie is five feet, nine inches tall, has a thirty six inch chest, eighteen inch waist, and thirty three inch hips. Had Barbie been a real person, she would not be able to walk, much less hold her head up. Secondly

The Face of Eating Disorders

2197 words - 9 pages -loathing and unhealthy eating practices; and that Barbie promotes an undue focus on looks in general” (Rand 1). Not only does Barbie’s appearance promote self-image issues to arise within children, but she also invites cultural formalities to be more widely accepted, though not always correct. The entire Barbie market has profited off of young people’s desires to own every Barbie with every individual accessory, including every car, toy, animal

Barbie the Teenage Fashion Doll

1394 words - 6 pages . Furthermore, there have been issues in the past on young girls, especially toddlers, choking on small accessories. This has cost Mattel, the official company that creates Barbie, many lawsuits (Zan, 2009). Therefore, to prevent such occurrences from happening again, Mattel has since then plastered warning labels on plastic packets with small accessories, warning parents to protect their young children from ingesting it. This has also

Exploring Body Image Issues via the Barbie Doll

2763 words - 11 pages (‘Life in Plastic’). As creator of the Barbie Doll once said, “My whole philosophy of Barbie was that through the doll, the little girl could be anything she wanted to be. Barbie always represented that a woman has choices,” (Handler). However, Barbie has proved to serve the opposite effect and these ‘choices’ are growing slimmer and slimmer with increased exposure to this popular doll. The ‘Barbie Syndrome’ is an undeniable culprit of girls

Feminism in the Late 20th and 21st Century in Western Europe and North America Compared to Feminism in Middle Eastern Countries

1770 words - 7 pages sex object, a slave, homosexual or murdered in some gruesome way by Barbie. she has also used Barbie to recreate famous paintings such as 'Whistlers' Mother', 'Girl with a Pearl Earring', she has created images of Barbie portraying her as historical women through history such as Marie Antoinette, Isabella queen of Spain, Elizabeth 1, Ono No Komachi a 9th century Japanese poet. I have chosen this artist because I feel she explores the different

Sociological Speculation Through Theory

1913 words - 8 pages . In other words, it depicts the issues in society that liberal feminism seeks to eliminate. However, I strongly disagree with the connection made between the marketing of the doll and how the general female audience perceives it. I mean, if you look at this doll objectively, and her era of being a celebrated icon, you will find that Barbie has always maintained feminist. Yes, Barbie is a feminist herself – she openly embraces her femininity and

A Woman’s Place in Society Explored in Marge Piercy’s Barbie Doll

1253 words - 5 pages The Poem “Barbie Doll (1969)” by Marge Piercy describes the life of a young girl who fell victim to society’s idea of beauty. Marge Piercy was a known social activist and uses this poem to bring attention to serious issues facing young females in society. In the first stanza the author begins the poem by introducing a little girl. In the first line of the poem Piercy presents the idea that this little girl was like any other average little girl

Society´s High Definition of Beauty

1044 words - 5 pages you had the perfect, unblemished skin, a thin, curvy body with a caramel tan and a flat stomach, like the girl posing in one of these pictures? Society has created its own expectations of impossible perfection; a faultless person; an unrealistic image of beauty that many teenage girls strive to achieve. There is no true definition of beauty; it is impossible and can cause serious psychological issues. Society’s expectations of beauty are

Similar Essays

The Mattel Barbie Doll Essay

1624 words - 6 pages local Toys ‘R Us store in Vancouver, the Barbie doll sitting on a toy store shelve has undergone numerous social and geographical processes involved in its production before it will reach into the hands of my excited nine year old cousin on Christmas morning. With over one hundred and fifty new models of Barbie dolls released onto the global market per year (Enriquez), the web of relations among factories, shipping companies

Barbara Millicent Roberts: Barbie Essay

1258 words - 6 pages We may know the most controversial piece of molded plastic formed into the shape of an out of proportion woman with blonde hair. Her name is Barbara Millicent Roberts, or as we know her, Barbie. With her odd portrayal of a woman, many believe that Barbie should be banned for suggesting to young girls that a woman only has one image to strive for. But Barbie is no more than a “piece of plastic” molded into something that looks nothing like a

Barbed Wire: The Danger Of Playing With Dolls

1176 words - 5 pages they should be. Barbies are thin, with shapely bodies, beautiful long hair, and makeup plastered all over their faces. Barbies come with all different types of clothing and accessories, “dream houses”, and cars. Barbie represents the doll that can do anything. All of this gives girls the impression that they should, and could, be just like Barbie when in reality, they cannot be, because Barbie is “perfect.” Barbie has her dream house, car, and a

Plastic Makes Perfect? Essay

1182 words - 5 pages , which no one can attain, well, except for Barbie. Have you ever seen a woman who has the same body as Barbie? Probably not, considering she would have to crawl just to support her freakish proportions. There is a 1 out of 4.3 billion chance of a woman just having the same long, lean neck as Barbie. Sadly, society is teaching our daughters that this is not only acceptable but ideal. Never the less, it can be a bit pricy looking like Barbie with