[Posted on behalf of Ioni]
The AmericanIconsTemple site offers an array of blogs exploring Barbie as an American icon. Many highlight how she represents the American woman and how she fits into American culture both past and present. However many of the blogs look at the negative side of Barbie as an icon and how her portrayal of women is unfair and inaccurate. Focusing on the issues of body image and low self-esteem, interesting points are made about her body proportions and provocative outfits. Images have been used in some to show how Barbie would look as a real woman if her body proportions were the same, showing a less ‘perfect’ body shape.
One blog named ‘Can Barbie Win?’ offers a different perspective to many of the other American icon blogs. The blogger states that Barbie does offer diverse versions of the original doll, using a range of skin tones and different aesthetics like tattoos. Despite controversy that Barbie is an inaccurate representation of femininity, this blog states that American people are giving Barbie power by buying the products and not boycotting them. Therefore, if Barbie is seen as an unsuitable icon, people can try to change it. This is an interesting way of looking at an American icon, showing how Americans have the power to choose which figures represent their society. The blog also exclaims how Barbie will never be able to satisfy everyone and that people will always be unhappy with the diversity of the doll. Although this is a fair statement to make, perhaps further attention could have been made to what companies of influential toys like Barbie could do to improve the images they are putting across to American society.