Barbie Stereotypes

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Barbie dolls have been an important element of many girls’ youth. Numerous women of the previous generation have grown up dressing up and spending so much time with their Barbie dolls. As a result of the more time anyone spends with anything, the more influence it has on them. The idea of perfection has emanated from these petite illustrious figures. These Barbie dolls have represented society’s expectations on how the ideal woman should appear, but Barbie’s perpetuating image and beauty is unhealthy and damaging. Barbie dolls have always been an example of how society perceives women on their expectations. In the Geek Barbie campaign, the slogan says “After 125 career, Barbie gets her geek on.” The campaign seems to promote the idea of a breakthrough which says that the certain women careers that require intelligence and geekiness, such as engineering, now has Barbie’s approval. However, at the same time, it restricts women in the sense that only this career and 125 others are accepted for women by Barbie and the society. Furthermore, in addition to boosting geekiness, the campaign also…show more content…
This song perfectly depicts how Barbie dolls have shaped society’s conceptions on how ideal women should act. The lyrics say, “I’m a blonde, bimbo girl… I can beg on my knees.” The word “bimbo” is a slang term that suggests that these women are attractive but not intelligent. The lyrics imply that women are ignorant and that they rely on their beauty for survival. The music video is Aqua’s societal view of the Barbie doll products. Barbie changes in every scene to fit her activities. She is controlled by the Ken dolls who she allows to “make [her] walk [and] make [her] talk and do whatever [he] pleases” because she is his “dolly.” He is a representation of the society because he is the one forming her image. Aqua’s mockery of Barbie shows how society pushes women to high expectations of their
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