• Barbie’s “perfect” features have led to vast amounts of criticism.• Alters young girls’ self-esteem and makes girls have a desire to be “perfect”.• “The Body Project” by Bradley University, describes the problems of Barbie Dolls by saying the doll:
1)The “perfect” body for a woman is onewith big breasts and very thin.
2) The natural body of a woman is seen asunattractive in comparison to the idealbody.
3) In order to be well- liked and seen asattractive, a young girl must be: thin,incredibly well groomed, wear make-up,and have a designer wardrobe.
4) Presents the main statement that whatis on the outside is better than what is onthe inside of a girl. The outside world isonly going to judge a girl on what shelooks like instead of taking into accounther personality.
• At 5’9” tall and 110 pounds, Barbie would have a BMI of 16.24. She would be considered anorexic.• Slumber Party Barbie- 1965, came with a bathroom scale that read “110 lbs.” with a book entitled, “How to Lose Weight” with directions inside that said, “Don’t Eat.”
– Galia Slayen- suffered from an eating disorder herself due to pressures of looking and acting a certain way– Wanted to raise awareness for National Eating Disorder Awareness Week– Built a real life Barbie doll- six feet tall, 39” bust, 18”waist, and 33”hip– Shows that perfection is not natural and unattainable- Barbie is NOT Real
A Real Life Barbie• Valeria Lukyanova- Russian Barbie Doll• “Her doll-like features, long blonde hair and ‘perfect’ body make her look like a real life Barbie”(Herald Sun)
• 1982- Due to the box office hit, “Star Wars,” young boys became interested in action figures again• No longer one G. I. Joe but, an army of them with different techniques and weapons• Creation of G. I. Joe cartoon- “G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero”• Became a comic book series- 1982-1994• Early 1990s- larger version of G. I. Joe created• 2004- Original 1964 action figure released
• Bradley University created a study called “The Body Project”, not only to show effects of Barbie Dolls on young girls but, the effects of G.I. Joe action figures on young boys.• This study established these harmful effects:
1) Boys of all ages should have a muscular buildand look powerful
2) Boys of all ages should be willing to use theirtough bodies “to commit morally justified actsof violence.”
3) True men = Tough men “Wars may be fought with weapons but, they are won by men.”—George Patton
4) Boys of all age have began to have a negative bodyimage especially those who are overweight since theyare considered “weak.” As well as the use of unhealthyways to deal with the feelings of shame and frustration.
5) Establishment of using steroids to improvemuscle mass which can be life-threatening.
6) An assimilation between boys of all ages andviolence and dominance.
• If G. I. Joe were real- he would be taller than the average man and would have more muscle than any body builder• The Alliance for Eating Disorder Awareness- 2.4 – 3.6 million men suffer from eating disorders today• Young boys who play with G. I. Joe action figures are more likely to suffer from low body confidence
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