It is important to understand some background on the tremendous role society has in shaping people's views of themselves before plunging into the story. Author Leticia Romero explores in her essay Barbie-Q: A Subversive or Hegemonic Popular Text?what message Ms. Cisneros was trying to communicate with her audience. Romero states: Sandra Cisneros cleverly-and rather strongly-questions these traditional values of society, and unveils the hegemonic ideology that attempts to manipulate and subordinate the social groups marginalized by the dominant class (Romo, 2).
In Barbie-Q, we are introduced to two little girls and their respective Barbies: Yours is the one with mean eyes and a ponytail. Striped swimsuit, stilettos, sunglasses and gold hoop earrings. Mine is the one with bubble hair. Red swimsuit, stilettos, pearl earrings, and a wire stand. But that's all we can afford, besides one extra outfit apiece (Cisneros, 14).
It is interesting that one of the girls refers to one of the Barbies as having "mean eyes". This is probably a reference to the homogenization these girls have been exposed to. In that little girl's simple observation, a complex question is