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Lord MG Who Is Barbie Anyway 1994 Retellings A Thematic Literature Anthology Eds Clarke MB and AG Clarke Boston McGraw-Hill 2004 744-752 Barbie Life in Plastic Economist 19 Dec 2002 Economistcom 2002 The Economist Group Date accessed 4 March 2006 lthttpeconomistcompeople Lord sees Barbie as representative of middle-class values and respectability Considering the Barbie outfits and possessions you are familiar with how would you argue that the statement is or is not true The comparison of Barbie to a middle class American citizen is one that is biased and unreviewed Lord claims in her article that Barbie is a representative of the American middle class female figure yet by studying the evidence she is in fact a giant misrepresentation of the reference group she is supposedly representing Barbie is a care free individual with a seemingly unlimited source of income in which she uses to fund her lavish lifestyle Cars clothing Malibu townhouses on the beach With no housework to do no children to take care of and no job whatsoever Barbie is a free individual who can do whatever her heart pleases Barbie is charged with too glamorizing the white all-American ideal - Barbie Life in Handout She will never gain weight get facial wrinkles or lose touch with the latest trends in fashion Barbie has an advantage over all of them She can never bloat She has no children to betray her Nor can she rot wrinkle overdose or go out of style - Lord 746 Comparing this to the average middle class woman the difference shown is shocking With a nine to five job children and rent to pay the female under study only wishes she could live her life as frivolously as her blond counterpart By claiming that Barbie is middle class or average Lord is in fact lowering the standards and values that the middle class woman holds Once heard that Barbie is the expected requirement of the typical female
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