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TOPIC: Barbie Commercial

Barbie Commercial 18 Oct 2015 19:16 #8106

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I saw this commercial the other day and at it is a great commercial about how young girls are a loud to dream about their future and encouraging them that they can be whatever they want to be. Which I think is great since there are a lot of girls around the world that are not even aloud or able to go to school. The commercials name is “Imagine the possibilities” which is a great statement for young girls and even boys. But at the end of the commercial I saw that it was a commercial made by Barbie, and it got me thinking.
Even though the commercial has a great message for young girls they are still sending a BIG message to girls everyday with the Barbie doll and that message is an unhealthy body norm, and making girls believe that you need to be thin to be pretty like the doll. This is a big problem in our society today, and teaching girls from a young age that they need to be thin. This can cause an eating disorder, and an un normal view of our bodies. It is okay to be big, thin, small, short, tall. And I also don’t like that there is only girls in the commercial, boys should also be able to feel that they can play with a Barbie.
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Barbie Commercial 28 Oct 2015 13:17 #8266

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I thought this commercial was so great! Telling girls that they can be anything they want is such an important message, and I was really happy that Barbie made a great commercial showcasing this viewpoint. However, I agree with everything you said about Barbie's history of perpetuating an unhealthy body image of women. No one looks like a Barbie, and no one should! They really need to work harder on creating dolls with more realistic body shapes, and until then I'll always be a little skeptical of them. Although, I do commend them on this commercial and the efforts they have started to put in with making better career Barbies and the new Zendaya Barbie.
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Barbie Commercial 29 Oct 2015 17:11 #8271

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I agree with you. This is a great commercial that sends an important message to young girls. I think they should also start to include boys since it is acceptable for everyone to play with barbies. Barbie has been known to receive a bad reputation about putting a perception and image in young girls about what they should look like. There are still so many girls out there that have plastic surgery and commit their lives to looking like a barbie doll. The fact that these girls have to go out and get plastic surgery proves that Barbie is a fake idea of what an ideal woman would look like. Recently, Barbie has been doing their best to change the public's opinion. They are starting to make a realistic Barbie with an "average" body. This commercial is also a step in the right direction for the company. I personally think that they have so much potential to influence the younger generation in a positive way.
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Barbie Commercial 01 Nov 2015 17:21 #8309

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I completely agree with your recognition of the false promotion of body images. When I first watched the commercial I immediately thought, "Wow, at this point they still wouldn't think to advertise a different Barbie type?" Given all the commotion and controversy regarding the influence of the Barbie, I would've thought that by now they would promote plus sized Barbies or expand their stereotype. I think its damaging to the minds of little children to look up to such a body figure. Fortunately, there are many spokespeople on the issue of eating disorders so a lot more awareness has been raised on the issue. But personally I feel like Barbie hasn't made enough of an effort to appeal to people other than little skinny girls. I was really chubby growing up, and promotions like such did make me feel uncomfortable. Im honestly shocked that by now society hasn't worked to improve this reality. I do think Barbie should work towards promoting self love and Barbie of all shapes and sizes.
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Barbie Commercial 16 Mar 2016 21:06 #9186

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We definitely get the image of what beauty is supposed to look like from the media. Recently, I have also seen campaigns of body positivity that are supposed to help us stay confident. You even see pictures of “plus size” models becoming involved in more editorials and magazines. What people always fail to point out is how beautiful and perfectly proportioned these girls are even at their weight. They are still the persona of an above average person and most people don’t look like that. The media or the world of high fashion doesn’t like using anyone realistic.
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Barbie Commercial 17 Mar 2016 16:21 #9191

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I totally agree with you on this topic. I feel that the barbie gives an unhealthy image of what a girl is supposed to look like. When you look at the barbie she has the perfect figure. She has the tiny waist with a nice behind, nice curvy legs and a big chest. And she is also white and blond. Which in today's society that's perceived as an all american beauty. So you have women doing extreme diets and working out like crazy . They skip meals and go through extreme measures to get a figure like Barbie. Although Barbies are a fun toy to play with and she has a glamorous lifestyle. It is also gives young girls a negative idea of how their body is supposed to look. Not all girls are naturally thin and not all will be as curvy as Barbie. It's good to instill this in our daughters when they're young.
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