Pfft… Get Real Barbie; “The Barbie Effect”

Barbie dolls have been a prized childhood possession for decades, but what is she really teaching society?

I mean do we really want young girls growing up visualizing themselves of having a 16-inch waistline that’s only able to hold half a liver and a few inches of intestine? Due to Barbie’s frail body, she would be incapable of holding up her 12 inch head, I mean this is every little girls icon… Who wouldn’t want to look like her?

Despite Barbie’s 3.5 inch wrists, her 6 inch ankles and teeny size 3 feet that would certainly prevent her from any form of practical activities… So don’t except Barbie to be able to physically walk on all fours. Disgustingly enough, Barbie’s physique compares her to an anorexic woman.

Is this REALLY the message society and the media aims to Get real barbiegive young girls? Advertising the 50 different types of a doll that is living an idealistic life? A 16-inch waist in comparison to the average human 35-inch waistline… In my opinion the media is educating nothing but eating disorders, and promoting that it is “okay” to look like a doll that would be unable to undertake of any aspect of life. She lives the life every girl dreams, perfectly placed hair, lives in a mansion that has practically everything! We cannot forget the fact she has a perfect boyfriend… and that years could pass by but can you see any signs of aging on Barbie? I didn’t think so. Sounds practical doesn’t it? I SURELY don’t believe so.

This is the same doll in 1965 that was released with her very own book labelled, “How to lose weight” having the main concept of the book stating,” don’t eat.” To make body image matters worse, A set of scales was included, configured to remain on 110lbs. Unlike Ken, who appeared with milk and cookies, not a scale in sight.

The Barbie Effect” issues young adolescents the concept that this is the life and body figure that they can have. An article from Teen Inc** has stated, It’s estimated that 8 million people in the United States has an eating disorder, and only 10-15% of them are male. Which leaves the 85- 90% of them to be female. And 80% of those females are under the age of 20. Many admitting that they started worrying about their weight when they were between the age of 4 and six years old.” – Saren Dipity. Yet, so many STILL adore their anorexic little doll.

Barbie facts

Despite all these horrifying figures, Barbie is still a childhood hero toso many young girls worldwide. Amongst the many distressing facts given through social media regarding Barbie’s unrealistic and disturbing physic, yet the media still advertises this pint size doll. I strongly believe society desperately needs to address the effects that childhood icons can play on each individual and their well being. I speak for myself when I say I admired Barbie dearly growing up… but seriously who really needs to look like an unrealistic plastic doll?

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References:

http://www.teenink.com/opinion/pop_culture_trends/article/175098/The-Barbie-Effect/

http://www.chapman.edu/students/health-and-safety/psychological-counseling/_files/eating-disorder-files/13-barbie-facts.pdf

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