Barbie Doll

Review of Literary Works
Channon Sommers
Western Governors University

In review of the Marge Piercy's poem the "Barbie Doll", the author describes the battle young ladies experience dealing with their self image as it relates to the world. The running theme throughout the poem illustrates how this girl attempts to handle not only hers, but everyone's expectations and how everyone perceives her. Often, society dictates how someone should look or act. That entails from being in the "in" crowd to what color or type of makeup to wear. The author first attempts to describe herself as she sees herself, then she is told what her flaws are, and then finally how the world can could perceive ...

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the obvious turmoil the author describes. "Today's culture, be it magazines, television, or any other media portray females in perfect light, or how society expects them to present themselves. Image is identified by body shape, size, and type of beauty products utilized. ."( Cyberbullying. Role models and stereotypes, Physical health by Common Sense Media, 2012.) Marge addresses society as a whole in the poem, leaving no stone unturned as she struggles with her physical identity and attempts to find her place in life.
In this stanza, the author begins describing her feelings as she first remembers them. She recalls a normal childhood stating, "The girlchild was born as usual." Describing a normal early life. Not soon after, her life takes an interesting turn, stating, "and presented dolls that did pee-pee and miniature GE stoves and irons". Having been bequeathed with dolls and toys, with the intent of, she believes, steering her towards what she "needs" to be ...

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to imagine a Barbie Doll playing with all these items. "Many girls' toys also teach the obsessive value of appearance for societal acceptance. Girls learn how to be beautiful, making themselves acceptable in society. Rhonda Lieberman says, "Popular culture's idea of what a women should look like can be traced to societies stigma of the "perfect woman". Examples like "American Girl", Barbie, and other beautified figures represent how a woman should look to society. With body attributes that are unrealistic, expectations that are unachievable, the woman's role is impossibly defined and society has accepted that as law."(Denise Starr. How Toys Teach Children Stereotypical Gender Roles, ...

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