“When I grow up, I want to be just like Barbie”.
The chilling words that come out of a young girl’s mouth has never been so unnerving. When I was a little girl, I remember always waiting for the next Barbie Doll to make the shelves. I remember Barbie dressing up in highly fashionable and sexy clothes, whether it be a string bikini, booty shorts, wedding gown, etc. Most of all, I will ALWAYS remember how easily she could be undressed and how little she left to the imagination. Long overflowing blonde hair, ocean blue eyes, all made up, big boobs, and tiny waist, all comprised in one doll that taunts every young girl’s curiosity and imagination. But do girls know the difference between a plastic doll and a real human? Or better yet, do they know the difference between their playful interest and their emulation?
It is very evident that Mattel Inc. did not contemplate certain “issues” that their over 50-year old product was going to stir up. And apparently, they did not consider the appropriate age range for these young girls and how much it would influence them. However, it is not to say that Barbie Dolls never should have been manufactured because they tend to influence young girls into believing that that is what they should aim to be like. After all, what doesn’t tend to influence you? Look at the media for crying out loud! Heck, I’ll be the first one to admit, I’ve been influenced. But when attention is brought to this particular toy, we need to take a deeper look behind the plastic doll and what young girls are really trying to emulate.
What or who is Barbie?
-A fun loving, buxom, and sexy blonde, whose boyfriend Ken is a real stud.
-A buxom blonde who appeals to young girls while dressing overtly sexy.
-Has no real vocation or a solid direction in life.
-If she was real, she’d be anorexic with breast implants.
-Easily adjustable; she can be anything you want her to be whether it be a nurse, princess, or a surfer girl.
-She can be undressed as many times as you would like her to be and so can Ken.
-She is very emotionally manipulative. She can lead you to believe that her look is ideal and that is what EVERY little girl should aim to look like.
And last but not least….
-She is a little girl’s best friend.
In my opinion, that is Barbie as a whole. Now am I personally opposed to Barbie Dolls or if I had a daughter, would be opposed? I honestly couldn’t answer that since I’ve played with Barbie Dolls myself when I was little. These dolls will never be taken off the shelves and will continue to make bank with sales. I personally never aimed to be a Barbie Doll nor do I know anybody that was influenced by one, but did I want to look like one? Absolutely. But the unfortunate thing that even some research studies back up, is that the misleading and unrealistic view that Barbie Dolls tend to present, has led young girls into developing eating disorders. If Barbie was actually real, her body measurements equate to those who have anorexia or bulimia. Some models unfortunately suffer from this epidemic and that leads me to wonder, did some of them suffer from the Barbie Complex when they were younger? What about Hugh Hefner and his Playboy Bunnies? Did he ever imagine that his enterprise would become the multi-million dollar entity it is today, by utilizing real life Barbie Dolls? The typical Playboy Bunny does resemble Barbie to a tee. When I think of a real life Barbie Doll, I can’t help but think Pamela Anderson. She may be a cool person underneath all that plastic, but do people really care about that? Not that I have anything against women who only use sex appeal to get themselves over, but I can’t help but poke fun at it at the same time. I know I will never get a chance to ask her if she idolized Barbie but her actions say it all. Does she seriously think her gargantuan implants over her tiny frame looks natural? Put her and an actual Barbie Doll by the radiator and they will both melt. What’s next Mattel Inc.? A merger with Playboy? Sorry, I couldn’t resist.
These views are just a matter of opinion and there is no proven fact that Barbie Dolls were meant to manipulate young girls’ mentality. I mean Mattel Inc. never would admit to that even if it was factual. However, the issue always did grab my interest and gave me something to ponder myself. Not every model or teenage girl suffering from an eating disorder suffers from the Barbie Doll Complex. But with the issue that the doll stirs up, one can’t help but wonder. So is Barbie just a doll or a hint?--Sunny