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Women are still stereotyped today and often portrayed as helpless victims Our songs represent gender stereotypically as the American White Male keeps the humankind safe from democracy as women are degraded to a second class The stereotyping of women is seen in several areas of the media in the lyrics to our popular songs and in our movies Our children have become so exposed to songs and their lyrics that degrade women that many young adolescents think the song I am a Barbie Girl is just a song sung by the Ken doll as a reflection of what Barbies plastic world is all about But I have a hard time tolerating some of the sexist issues That actually goes along with the image of Barbie in this song This song suggests that blondes can not think for themselves Therefore Barbie must do things like beg on her knees to get her male partners attention The song states to young children that you as the owner of Barbie can make her perform You can undress her anywhere you can brush her hair and you can even run your fingers through her blonde hair These words send a powerful double meaning to young girls listening to this song Young girls get the image that they too can be a Barbie Girl and live in this Plastic World Barbie sings of life as your creation therefore life is what you make of it But Barbies life is what the owner of the doll makes of it Barbie sings about herself as being a girl in a fantasy world In the song she tells her owner to dress me up make it tight I am your dolly tonight The song sings of all the things the owner of this dolly can do with the doll This also suggests what a young girl can do to catch her mans eye But actually what this song is teaching young women is
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