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Its a Barbie World

We live in a society where everything is manufactured. Since we were first brought into this world, the idea of what’s male and what’s female is shoved in our faces. We are taught that girls don’t act like boys and play with trucks, and boys don’t play with dolls-those are for girls. We have in our heads at a young age that we are to go to school, get a good job, make lots of money-so we can buy stuff, get married, have kids and retire. We have the idea of perfection thrown at us in the media all throughout our lives, by models that are half naked with airbrushed bodies modeling cologne, to Barbie that little girls play with. Barbie, how “perfect” can you get. She has everything! She’s got a mansion, friends, Ken (the perfect husband), clothes coming out of her plastic ass, a pink car, and the list goes on and on. However, Barbie’s proportions “would translate into a woman 5 feet 6 inches tall, 110 pounds, with a 39-inch bust, an 18-inch waist and 33- inch hips” (University of California). Even in our bizarre society this would look pretty funny walking down the street. Our society is so caught up with looking the part to fit into our manufactured society with our brand names, tanned skin, fake body parts and the constant desire for what we don’t need.  What is real anymore anyways? Our society so consumed with perfection that when something or someone like Michael Phelps comes into the media doing something that doesn’t comply to the idea of “perfection” people are shocked and appalled. Are people really that naïve? He is only human, like the rest of us trying to fit our way into this extreme manifestation.

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quote courtesy of  “The Berkeleyan” newpaper, University of California: http://berkeley.edu/news/berkeleyan/1998/0401/barbie.html