Specific purpose: To persuade my COMM 110 class that Barbie has a negative influence on young children.
Central idea: Barbie is a bad role model for young children, because of Barbie’s unrealistic body proportions and unattainable lifestyle. Young girls become aware of their physical appearance and become insecure, and this can lead to long term effects.
Attention-getter: According to an article by Sloan Crosley, the doll I’m going to talk about today is sold every three seconds somewhere in the world (Crosley). Barbie is the doll I’m going to talk about today. According to Shawna Moore and Jamie Chenier Barbie is named after a German doll ‘Lilli’, who was a symbol for adults and was associated with sex and pornography (Moore and Chenier).
Relevance to audience: Probably almost everybody in this class knows Barbie and a lot of you played with Barbie. She is famous because of her tiny body, her many supplies of houses, shoes, clothes and other accessories.
Credibility material: I did a lot of research and found information about different experiments psychologists did with children and Barbie’s image. I don’t ignore the fact that Barbie has positive aspects, but her negative aspects have a negative effect on young children. I was together with my roommate about having Barbie’s and she said immediately how skinny and perfect Barbie was. This is exactly what I want to talk about today.
Preview of the speech:
The purpose of the speech is to persuade you that Barbie is a bad role model for young children. Barbie has a negative influence. Because of Barbie’s unrealistic body proportions and unattainable lifestyle, young girls become insecure about their physical appearance and it can have long term effects.
(Link: First I’m going to talk about the Barbie’s unreachable looks and how unattainable her lifestyle is.)
I. Barbie has unattainable body proportions and
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