Doll Dreams

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Ashley Washington Doll Dreams Have you ever entered a toy store only to have hundreds of electric-blue eyes staring at you from a blonde haired, abnormally tanned, disproportioned plastic body? You have if you've ever seen a Barbie display. If you're a girl, have you ever looked at this mountain of accessorized, made-up "pretty"� dolls and wished that you could be that way to? Have you ever desperately wanted to be Barbie? Or, if you're a boy, have you ever wished that maybe your girlfriend could look like Barbie? Or hoped that, maybe, one day you would have a wife that looked just like Barbie? If you like Pamela Anderson, guys, you have to answer "yes"� to that last question. And if you answered yes to any of those questions, you are not alone.

Much of today's society is obsessed with the idea of Barbie and everything that she stands for.

Hundreds of females today struggle with eating disorders because they would sacrifice everything, their health, even their lives, just to obtain this "thirty-nine-inch bust and twenty-three-inch waist that only Barbie (and the many "helped"� by plastic surgery) can have"� (Prager 707). There are eight and nine year old girls who are obsessively monitoring their diets simply because they do not want to be "fat."� They want to be extremely thin, with long legs and a large bust, like Barbie. I know that I felt this way as I was growing up as a chubby girl surrounded by ten year olds who looked like models. I often feel that way now, even though I know that there is more to a person than how he or she looks. A great deal of this is inspired by the media or the entertainment world. Some even comes from parents forcing their own...