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Barbie is one of the most popular toys on the market today achieving a profit of more than 15 billion in 1999 according to the Mattel Website Average American girls between the ages of 3 and 11 own ten Barbie dolls which are available in more than 150 countries worldwide Debates constantly exist as to whether or not Barbie is an asset to todays youth Essentially the notion of playing with Barbie is beneficial but the actual image she portrays is notPlaying Barbie allows girls to create a whole world of fantasy separate from their real life environment It can be an escape to a place they have never been to before or somewhere they go everyday Barbie opens up young girls minds increasing their creativity Nowadays with all the roles Barbie plays and is marketed as she has the ability to inspire todays young girls to do or be anything they set their minds to do When Barbie was created in the 1950s women endured a stereotype of domesticity Men were the ones who worked outside of the home while the women often seen as the child rearers Barbie gave girls a whole new outlook on life Girls could really be more dominant They could change their image and even work outside the home Barbie gives girls a chance to create their own style With the thousands of clothing pieces the doll has available for her uniquely sized figure girls can put together hundreds of dazzling outfits using their own sense of style Additionally girls can play with their hairstyles and professions I mutilated my dolls into my style of the moment I cut their hair redesigned their clothes and of course lost all those little plastic high heels they are supposed to prance around the Barbie mansion in which I also had - you know the huge pink oneAlthough Barbie does offer young girls the opportunity to gain creativity and inspiration she is
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