Barbie at 60: instrument of female oppression or positive influence?
Barbie Millicent Roberts, from Wisconsin US, is celebrating her 60th birthday. She is a toy. A doll. Yet she has grown into a phenomenon. An iconic figure, recognised by millions of children and adults worldwide, she has remained a popular choice for more than six decades â a somewhat unprecedented feat for a doll in the toy industry.
She is also, arguably, the original "influencer" of young girls, pushing an image and lifestyle that can shape what they aspire to be like. So, at 60, how is the iconic Barbie stepping up to support her fellow women and girls?
When Barbie was born many toys for young girls were of the baby doll variety; encouraging nurturing and motherhood and perpetuating the idea that a girl's future role would be one of homemaker and mother. Thus Barbie was born out of a desire to give girls something more. Barbie was a fashion model with her own career. The idea that girls...
Well itâs a toy, but as most often it came in conjunction with Hugh Hefnerâs porngrapher empire and the beginnings of cursing millions of people in the bondage of sexual sin, slavery and the bankruptcy of marriages, and a unrealistic view of what men arenât supposed to be and what women simply have been saddled with.. but, the fall is again obviously the cause.
Instead of wanting to be homemakers and take care of babies, women want to be homewreckers at the office, independent, with their own careers. barbie didn't help but is representative of that which most hold dear