Impact & Controversy

As an icon and popular doll among young girls, Barbie has been the center of controversy for years.  Her unrealistic body image and the messages she sends to girls and boys concerns parents as they try to raise healthy and happy children. Despite this, Barbie’s popularity has not dwindled. She remains as much a part of American pop culture today as she did 50 years ago. In taking a closer look at this iconic doll and her impact, it seems she reinforces societal standards rather than create these stigmas on her own. Regardless, she will most likely remain the center of much debate for years to come.

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