The Barbie has been the effigy perfection since 1956 when she was first introduced to the public. The Slumber Party edition Barbie that would be a life sized 6’ , released in 1965, came with a scale permanently marked at 110 lbs and a dieting book that said “don't eat”. Not exactly the role model any parent would like their kids to have[pathos]. Barbie is not a good influence on young children because she shows an unrealistic body image, is portrayed as an airhead, is classified into stereotypical feminine careers, and is shown to always be reliant on a man.
Based on Barbie's measurements, it is shown that she has anorexia and follows an unhealthy health regime[logos]. Many may argue that it is just …show more content…
Mattel uses their relationship as a marketing scheme. In 2004, Barbie and Ken had a very public break up. In a statement released from their publicists, it was said that “The flame of love had gone out.” quoted mattel's publicist[ethos]. It was also stated that during the break up, “Barbie was holed up in her dream house with friends and family.” These statements suggested that girls must hide out when a boy breaks up with them.The statement also said that Barbie and Ken broke up because “she got a new look.” This suggests that young girls can not look the way that they want to but they need to look the way that boys want them to. The doll that is portrayed as a role model, is setting an example that women should be reliant on men, when in contrary it should be encouraging independence.
In conclusion, Barbie is a bad example for young girls. She portrays an unattainable body image and puts negative ideas in young girls heads. Barbie is stereotypical and shy’s young girls away from careers typically done by men. She also is constantly in a relationship and if she isn’t, then she is hiding in her dream house. This tells young girls that they can not be happy unless they have a man. Parents should carefully analyze what this doll truly stands for before deciding to allow their own children to play with Barbie