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Girls can be whatever they want to be as long as they are sexy whenthey grow up This isthe message the ever-so-popular Barbie doll has been pushing on Americas youthsince 1959When Barbie first hit the market the creator Ruth Handler stated that shewanted to make theperfect role model for her children Barbie and Ken Parents everywhere rippedopen their walletsstampeded to the stores and ate the concept up They wanted their daughters tobe just likeBarbie Roberts They even wanted their sons to bring her home Today the onlydifference madeto this bizarre idea is that the dolls family has grown Now Asian HawaiianAfrican AmericanSwedish and other cultures and races of females can share in the joys of lowself image Theexpectations the doll places on children are intangible My family showered mewith these plasticbeauties on every special occasion My birthday Easter and Christmas I wouldbe found in acorner unwrapping another years worth of expectationsBarbie was unleashed to the world in a revealing bathing suit wearingmakeup and fullyaccessorized Her with ruby red lips plucked eye brows and cute little ponytail became the iconof young American girls She had everything knew everything and could doanything She didntgo to school never had a bad hair day and had no need for hand me downsShe always hadsomeone to play with and a boyfriend by her sideWe were playing with a doll that had an ideal body We could never havethis body andyet we could not wait to grow up and develop the enormous breasts we would beseeingthroughout our childhood Her clothes wrapped snugly around her tiny waist andlong legsattached with painfully arched perfect feet I remember asking my mother whyshe didnt haveshiny hair like Barbie I thought she had something wrong with her There musthave beensomething wrong with the bodies and hair of all the women in my family Theycould have chosento look like Barbie I thought It has been a proven fact that her proportionscould never humanlybe possible If she were
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