Article 36 - Wesley Kivett Shahna Arps Anthropology April...

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Wesley Kivett Shahna Arps Anthropology April 15, 2008 Measuring up to Barbie: Ideals of the Feminine Body in Popular Culture By: Jacqueline Urla and Alan C. Swedlund The idea of the Barbie doll was the work of Mattel and owner Ruth Handler, who first thought of creating a three dimensional fashion doll (229). Handler made a great decision when she created this doll because the market in little girls is so vast that she couldn’t lose money on the product. I know that my sister had about 100 of these dolls, and I know my parents spent a lot of money to get them for her, so like I said this was a great idea. This article is about the fact that parents want their girls to grow up as girls and not tom- boys. So the fact that this article is called Measuring up to Barbie, gives it a good and true title to it. The Barbie doll made girls think that the way that the doll is clothed is the way that girls are supposed to dress. So with this in their head, girls began to dress this way as well. When parents started seeing this, parents also began to think the same way. With both
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