Barbie Doll Summary
Marge Piercy

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Barbie Doll Summary

"Barbie Doll" appears in Piercy's 1973 collection, To Be of Use. By using the iconic image of the Barbie doll as a kind of straw "man," Piercy implicitly criticizes the ways in which women are socialized into stereotypical feminine behavior. Written as a fairy-tale of sorts, "Barbie Doll" suggests that the enormous social pressures on women to conform to particular ways of looking and behaving are ultimately destructive. Her ironic tone barely conceals a...

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