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The Controversy Behind Barbie The author of "The Controversy Behind Barbie," writes about why barbie was first created and how Barbie is perceived. Barbie was founded by a woman named Ruth Handler who created the barbie for her daughter, who was nick named Barbie. Ruth wanted to create a doll that girls could look up to, rather than having baby dolls that they would play a motherly figure to. The author of this article stated that many people have different beliefs on the doll. Some people believe that the Barbie doll is responsible for young girls developing poor body image issues. The Barbie doll was created with a perfect body, making some people believe that this will give little girls the idea that they have to look this way. Other people believe that the Barbie helps build young girls imaginations. They say that she is considered a positive role model because she is able to be anything she wants. There are also people who are not Barbie activists, but not against Barbie. The author labels these people as "Barbie moderates." These people say that Barbie does not portray the ideal perfect woman, but she does not give off negative thoughts to young girls. These people do not agree with banning the doll because they say Barbie is not the main thing to blame for giving there girls negative body images. The author of the article states that she does not believe it is the Babrie doll's fault for young girls developing body image issues. The author of this article is a "Barbie Moderate," meaning that she does not blame just the Barbie doll alone. She feels that Barbie is not the only problem creating these issues and there are many other aspects of our society to blame.

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