The Barbie Doll Culture

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The Barbie Doll culture A Barbie doll is one of the famous cultural icons in America. Numerically, there are 2.5 Barbies for every household in America. But what does Barbie doll iconography to the young generation? According to Kamy Cunningham, in her essay “Barbie Doll Culture and the American Wasteland,” talks about the effects that Barbie doll has upon the young generation of American. According to Cunningham, Barbie doll beckons the young Americans girls: big and small, toward a materialistic world, where there is beauty but without emotion or brain. Cunningham argues Barbie doll “influencing and reinforcing an impossible cultural norm of physical beauty.” (Cunningham, 29). The physical beauty that Cunningham is referring to is the materialistic beauty of blonde hair, innocent eyes, tiny waists, flat tummies, long graceful legs and small feet. It was the reinforcement of the norm of Continue...

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Because of Barbie doll effects upon the young generation in America, I want to figure out the view of American generation toward Barbie doll. physical beauty that Barbie doll affects and turns Americans young generation toward a materialistic world. She says that it represent beauties, but lack the appearances of emotion and smartness because it is only a doll. This result help to support the Barbie doll effect on the society whereas a beautiful woman are more respected then a woman with brains or with emotion. Models and Actress further amplify of Barbie physical beauties with their long leg, thin waist and often blond hair. As a child, she has many beautiful dolls, but none compares to the adult beauties of Barbie doll. She elaborated that the American woman are becoming more like Barbie doll with the coming years. In conclusion, as the result of my observation of Tina Tran, I found out many interesting opinions of the American society. These woman actions, when asked what is her view on why woman would want to do that, Tina explains, is the effects of society! Men, in general, through out the ages, want woman to have a beautiful looks, such that they are voluptuous but with out brain. Thus, only when a woman have pretty face and body do they have the attention of men, so woman who are not pretty often have to change their appearances to keep up with the Jones. Since Tina wasn't born in the United States, her view, therefore, was an observation of the American generation, thus, enables me to receive an unbiased view of the Barbie doll effects. Barbie doll, according to Tina, Barbie is a representation of the adult woman in the United States or it is the representation of how a woman should be. According to Tina opinions, woman (female in general) of today society are becoming very materialistic; they put on heavy make up and many changes their appearances surgically to appeal more attractive and to be confident of themselves. Therefore, I asked Tina Tran, a 22 years old college student on what is her view toward the effects of Barbie doll in the United States.


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