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Barbie Doll Summary
Marge Piercy

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Barbie Doll Summary

Introduction

"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 simmering rage at prescribed gender roles that eat away at women's self-confidence and wreak havoc on their self-image. Piercy suggests that corporate America, embodied by Barbie's maker, Mattel Toys, participates in our patriarchal system by perpetuating gender stereotypes. The Barbie doll, one of the best-selling "toys" of all time, has become an icon of U.S. culture for the way it idealizes the female body. For more than 40 years parents have been buying the doll, along...

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