by: Naomi Wolf


I chose this quote because I think Barbie becomes an important part of most young girls lives. I think that it is important to tell little girls that Barbie isn't real and we are not supposed to end up like her. We have to teach girls early that the way they are naturally is perfect.



"Barbie was the first toy that taught us what was expected of us sexually .... The twelve-inch dolls held the key to it all. That is why girls, now as well as then, are obsessed with them. ... Her posture showed us that being sexual meant being immobile. It meant: walk on your toes, bust out, limbs rigid. My friends and I would prance around trying to imitate her. ........

We would have to learn to twirl, sashay down a runway, and someday stretch up to a tall man for a kiss. ..... Barbie is designed to appeal to girls' fascination with what the culture considers to be appropriate female sexuality, think of the doll that came out when we were children that actually grew breasts when you twisted her arm. ...... As we played, we would shake each doll in turn to indicate that it was speaking. But there was always something a little forced about playing with Barbie......... "What shall I wear?" Barbie always, always wailed. "And my hair is a mess."

.......... most Barbie clothes suggested a night in a speakeasy or an afternoon in a harem. But once we'd dressed the dolls, there was not much to do. .......... For Barbie had no conceivable character or inner life. Her life force consisted of a filled suitcase, little hangers made of pink plastic, the flexible rubber shoes that matched every outfit, and her blank, mound-shaped breasts. It was easier to invent a character for Skipper: she still had no breasts.

Her story could really go nowhere. Which meant, perhaps, that once we got provocatively dressed and then undressed, our story would go nowhere. (Wolf,14 -16)

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