Do Barbie Dolls Have A Negative Influence On Girls?

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Do you ever wonder why teenage girls have low self-confidence and are never satisfied with what they have? As young children, girls are indirectly taught what people think perfection looks like. Barbie portrays that exact image and life. Beginning at a young age girls are influenced by this doll, what they should look like, and what their life should be like. Young girls strive to achieve Barbie’s look which is life threatening to obtain.
Barbie has possibly been the most famous doll in the world after her debut in 1959. She has represented fifty nationalities and has held over one hundred careers. Girls from age’s three to ten own at least one Barbie doll if not more. When people think of Barbie they think of a tall skinny supermodel woman with a perfect waist, perfect hair, perfect clothes, and a perfect life.
As a child I had about ten Barbie’s and the Barbie dream house. Because of this growing up I always felt self-conscious about my height, weight, looks, and even where I lived. I loved Barbie but, I always thought I wasn’t good enough. I wanted the perfect life Barbie had. It got to the point that I would get mad at my parents because we lived in an apartment and not in a house like Barbie. Now that I am older one would think I would be more self-confident, I am probably less self-confident now then I was when I was younger. As a child Barbie was the image of perfection, but now that I’m older and a cheerleader that idea has changed. Because of my height I’m a flyer the person that always get thrown around because of this I feel I always have to be watching my weight and look a certain way or I’ll no longer be a flyer.
Galia Slayen a Hamilton college student attempted to build a life size Barbie doll. She discovered that if Barbie was real she would be five feet nine inches tall have a thirty nine inch bust, an eighteen inch waist, and thirty three inch hips (Katz 1). For a real life girl to achieve this it would involve plastic surgery that could be extremely dangerous. It is suggested that Barbie is the reason that women develop body dysmorphic disorder. Body dysmorphic disorder causes people to obsess over a part of their body that they are not happy with. Take for example Heidi Montag who had 10 plastic surgeries to achieve her “Barbie body” (Hoskins 1). Young girls will see this in the media and think that it is okay to get plastic surgery to achieve the perfect look that they want to achieve.
Many people would argue who would go to such extreme measures to look like Barbie. One person is Valeria Lukyanova, though she claims to only have had breast implants it is rumored that she has had plastic surgery to remove two of her ribs to create her tiny waist. When young girls are exposed to Barbie and people such as Valeria Lukyanova, it is only obvious that they will want to look like them. Yes, they may look perfect and lead seemingly perfect lives but is it truly worth it to go through the plastic surgery to be perfect. To be...

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