Barbie As A Role Model In Devon Roberts's Philosophy Of Barbie

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When a girl plays with Barbie, she imagines everything that she can become. Ruth Handler, the creator of Barbie (ethos), says, “My whole philosophy of Barbie was that, through the doll, the girl could be anything she wanted to be. Barbie always represented the fact that a woman has choices” (“Barbie, Good or Bad?”). For most young girls, Barbie represents so much more than just an unrealistic body type, Barbie is a role model. She represents more than she is. Barbie us a good role model, not only because of her achievements and strong, independant female qualities, but also for how the children view her story, and how parents should react to her influence. Devon Roberts says, “Too much focus is put into Barbie’s appearance and not enough on her accomplishments- something that happens all too often with rela women in society as well… She is a driven role model that girls should follow, not because she is thin, but because she is and …show more content…
Roberts says, “Barbie receives all of this criticism for her body type by people who are supposed to be against bashing of any body types—which is very interesting to me. Part of feminism is supposed to be about being accepting of others despite differences in body type. It’s ironic that a group so focused on positive reinforcement for all body types would bash Barbie specifically because of her body type” (Barbie’s More Than). Adults need to be sure to explain to their girls that Barbie is just a doll, a piece of plastic. If these disapproving parents could explain to their girls about the disorders they are worried about, and build their children’s confidences properly, there would never be a problem, no argument, no debate. Children need to be informed of real life problems and if Barbie does just that, no one should throw judgement at her for