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Ruth Handler, Inventor Of The Barbie Doll

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More than Just the Mother of Barbie
90% of girls ages three through ten owned at least one Barbie doll. Ruth Handler’s idea for children to live there adult fantasies through a toy, came to life in a tall beautiful blonde doll. Barbra Millicent Roberts, or Barbie for short was named after Handlers daughter. Barbie was originally molded after the European Lilli doll that was made to be a gag gift, but Handler transformed this idea into so much more. The first Barbie doll was created in 1959, changing the toy making industry forever. This simple idea turned into a massive success. The sponsor of the phenomenon was Mattel Inc. founded by Ruth Handler and her Husband. Ruth Handler’s original ...view middle of the document...

This product was hit and something she really stood for. The product line is still prevalent today.
Although people were not completely thrilled with Barbie’s First debut wearing a bikini and high heels, over 350,000 dolls were sold the first year. Barbie was a hit and still is. “My whole philosophy of Barbie was that through the doll, the little girl could be anything she wanted to be. Barbie always represented the fact that a woman has choices.”(Barbie Media). Even though people ridiculed at having a doll modeled after the body of an adult Handler never was discouraged. Barbie is more than a doll with every new accessory that seems to be a need for young girls Barbie will remain the most popular doll on the market. Feminists reacted strongly towards the negative impacts of what Barbie could stand for. Stephanie Hoskins asserts “Since Barbie’s creation, the doll has been scrutinized by many for her unrealistic body proportions and superficiality—her endless supply of clothes, shoes, houses, and many other accessories.” Leading girls to believe that the lifestyle of Barbie is something they could possibly achieve. Young girls strived for the perfect body, accessories, and careers. In the “life” of Barbie she was known to have over 150 careers. Barbie was said to feed into the female stereotypes. From seeing her it shows to younger girls that fashion is what they should be interested in, taking away their individuality.
If Barbie were scaled to human size her waist would be 39% smaller than the average anorexic female. She wouldn’t be able to stand up straight or support her internal organs. But for some odd reason women wanted to live that way. They were jealous of her what seemed to be flawless body. The way children are influenced is through there play. Children take on fake roles and pretend to be anything from a teacher to a doctor. The way Barbie’s directly impacted societies norm of what...

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