We all have our opinions about Barbie! Some people adore this icon of American toys; some people blame the doll for distorting our perception of the ideal beauty resulting in 32,000 boob jobs a month.
Discovery News reports:
Not that I condone violence against plastic dolls, but the above descriptions of mutilations made me laugh.
The Discovery article goes on to say that Barbie does not influence our ideas of a perfect human body, “Nor is there good evidence that girls (or women) view the doll as a physical role model.” This statement I disagree with, especially when the author admits, “Surprisingly little research has been done.”
Advertising and marketing is effective because it sways public opinion about what we want, need, etc. For example, of tobacco ads using cartoon characters did not affect teen smoking, why were they banned? I feel a similar connection can be made between playing with Barbies as a young child and the desire to be blonde and buxom. When Barbie paraphernalia is includes the word “dream” (dream house, dream car, etc.), isn’t meant to influence you as to what you should aspire to acquire in life? Isn’t the whole point of the career-inspired Barbies to influence young girls into believing any career is possible?