I. *Pass out Barbie dolls to each table* I want you to take a look at this certain toy that every little girl dreams of getting for Christmas, and think of what true value you really see in it. I bet you think the Barbie doll looks flawless, right?
II. I’m pretty sure that either you or someone you know has played with Barbie dolls in the past, has that affected you or them? Did Barbie actually change your self-concept of how you should look to be considered perfect? The sad truth is, Barbie is guilty for making young girls feel like they aren’t worthy enough.
III. I remember as a child I had collections of different types of Barbie’s and I always thought that to be considered perfect meant to look like Barbie with blonde hair, blue eyes, and a skinny waist. I can honestly say Barbie dolls have affected me in a specific way as to where I believe being thin is power and power is beauty, which definitely destroyed my self-esteem. Till this day I still believe that I won’t be good enough for society and there are a lot of people who feel that exact way too. Even my little 8 year old sister started wanting Barbie dolls at a very young age and she continues playing with them up to this day. She complains of how she hates what she sees in the mirror; she wishes she was “super skinny” like the many Barbie dolls she has. It isn’t the best feeling to know your little sister is following in your footsteps about what is considered to be flawless and perfect.
IV. This is why I believe Barbie has a negative influence on young girls and creates them to be insecure about their appearance, leading to self-harm, eating/body disorders, and plastic surgery.
Transition: It all begins in your mind at a young age.
I. Barbie has a negative influence on young girls and makes them self-conscious about their physical appearance and the proper way to live their life based on a plastic toy.
A. Barbie is flawless and every girl grows up wanting to look