Our Barbies, Ourselves Essay

This essay has a total of 557 words and 3 pages.

Our Barbies, Ourselves

In the essay "Our Barbies, Ourselves," Emily Prager explores the history of the Barbie
doll and talks about the Barbie doll itself. Prager seems convinced that the Barbie doll
was an object created by a man and that Barbie reeks of sexuality, sexual innuendo and
serves as the anti-feminist embodiment of every man's fantasy. In her own expressive and
persuasive modes to fashion an essay designed to persuade the reader that the Barbie doll
is a twisted and corrupt tool designed by men to combat the feminist revolution. Though
her attempts at persuasion are commendable, I was not swayed in my opinions on Barbie. If
anything, I just found fault with this writer's point of view, and I found her accusations
to be outrageous and her "facts" to be completely wrong.

Prager uses both expressive and persuasive modes in her essay. Her own flavors to this
essay express her own frustrations with the "men" that created Barbie dolls. In truth,
Barbie was not created by Jack Ryan. Barbie was created by Ruth Handler. Handler sensed
that it was just as important for girls to imagine what they themselves might grow up to
become as adult women. In paragraph 2, Prager suggest in her essay that Barbie was
fashioned after a man's dream date with her tiny waist, large bust and feet made for
stiletto heels.

In paragraph 6, Prager changes tones and suggests that perhaps Barbie was also an icon
that could be embraced by feminists. Barbie is her own person, liberated woman and girl on
the move. Prom queen, Business woman, Presidential candidate or Airline pilot, Barbie has
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