FC: The good, the bad, and the Barbie : a doll's history and her impact on us
1: Created by Ruth Handler, Barbie first appeared in stores in 1959. | 21 years later in 1980 the first black Barbie was produced. | Barbie has come to be known as a cultural icon. Over one billion Barbie dolls have been sold in over 150 countries. She is portrayed as different ethnicities and in multiple forms. From housewife Barbie to astronaut Barbie, she can take on many different roles. People claim she can be harmful to the self-esteem of girls or a role model promoting feminism.
2: Barbie appears as a "perfect" girl. She has blonde hair, blue eyes, a seemingly endless wardrobe, and a perfect figure. However, she is not the ideal girl. Little girls are exposed to this unattainable perfection everyday when playing with her. If Barbie came to life, she would stand at 5'9" tall and weigh in at 110 pounds. This gives her a BMI of 16.24 categorizing her as anorexic. Many people say that this could be poisoning the minds of young girls. They may aspire to obtain Barbie's "perfect" figure, in turn, leading to detrimental health issues. It is arguable that Barbie has tainted the mind of some girls putting an unrealistic standard of beauty in their minds.
5: Not all that bad though! | Despite many people's negative views on Barbie, she will be celebrated for empowering women to aspire to achieve great things. Barbie has been a business woman, an astronaut, a veterinarian, the president, a news anchor, and a doctor, along with many other things. Barbie sends a message to girls saying that you can be anything you want and your life does not have to be dictated by society. When Barbie first was released she promoted the idea that a woman should no longer have to be the typical housewife.