Although I began searching for an alternative image of a barbie doll, I think this image better portrays Barbie’s interaction with American society. Generally, girls began playing with Barbie dolls at a young age and as David points out in his blog post, those little girls used Barbie to play out their ideal lifestyles. I remember playing Barbies with my sister for a large portion of my childhood, and Barbie always seemed to be whatever we wanted to be at that time a veterinarian, a teacher, a mermaid, or a bride (and she obviously had all the outfits). However; I think that any girl who played with barbies in their childhood will admit that as she got older, her relationship with barbies changed. I think that in a sense, Barbies were a way for kids to in a way test out their human nature. When a person played with barbie dolls, he or she essentially played God. Playing with Barbies gave people power and through that power I think that people projected their own needs and wonders. A need for general destruction would result in a beheaded barbie and amputated limbs, a need for self destruction might result in her bald head. It seems that any time a group of pre-teen comes across Barbie dolls, the dolls are usually put in sexual positions, and older people manipulate barbie dolls to take funny pictures. In my opinion children have projected their own personal desires and angers onto Barbie, so, once Barbie was given a personality by society through movies (1987) and computer games that her personality was then projected onto you- or rather; what your personality lacked: perfection.
I think that is the reason why Barbie is blamed and ridiculed in society today. People are bitter because Barbie reminded them of everything they didn’t have or couldn’t do. Since she was perfect, people started to hate on Barbie. Barbie was no longer whoever you wanted to be, Barbie became who you were not, a veterinarian, a teacher, a mermaid, a bride. Since we were taught “nobody is perfect” people started finding flaws with Barbie and she became a girl to hate. People started using Barbie in insults to describe dull, skinny girls, and people started hating on her relationship with Ken.
Overall, I think the doll gets a lot of hate and blame because people are bitter about Barbie. They are bitter that Barbie was everything they never could be, and rather than blaming themselves for not working toward the American Dream, it is easier to blame Barbie, especially because, she cannot defend herself.