10 May 2007
Term Paper: Final Draft
Stay Young, Stay Beautiful
Along with hair, attitude, and body odor, the amazing journey of age, and puberty
introduce numerous issues that many growing children encounter.
As young girls and boys
reach the teenage years, appearance has a major influence on social aspects.
With the rapid
changing sound of past and future decades, teenagers will change role models, music
preference, or clothing style.
With these models, children are progressively becoming
identical, and portraying a common interest; therefore, for females at least, shaping into Barbie
Effects of the pressures of mass media, and group beliefs lead to the oppression of non-
conformers or the loss of hope to obtain happiness and acceptance.
The poem “Barbie Doll” by
Marge Piercy exposes the effects of these conforming ideas on a young, intelligent girl who
does not quite fit the standards of societies’ beauty ideal.
The idea of beauty, formed by
society, is awfully confined to the expected obedience of women to men, and therefore
transforms girls to become shaped into modifiable, pleasurable figures.
The cycle of life is comprised of the same stages it has been for countless years.
is childhood, which is full of carefree, socially-unaffected fun.
“This girlchild was born as
usual / and presented dolls that did pee-pee / and miniature GE stoves and irons / and wee
lipsticks the color of cherry candy” (Piercy 1-4).
The opening statements of the poem build the
foundation of future adaptation for young women into a controlling society.
mentions life-like dolls, which the young girls take care of, and also the household appliances,