Have you ever pondered that the stereotyping of females in our society starts at a very tender age.Girls from a very young age are sculpted to be homemakers ,stuffed with virtues.The stereotyping can be ferret out from the games allotted to both the genders in childhood,all women must have played the customary “Ghar Ghar”, a game meant for treating the childhood days of a girl.Even if boys are a part of the game they act cliche to the societal beliefs and constitute the earning member of the pseudo family.
“Barbie dolls Monomania”
As our games are defined ,so are our toys.I remember my craze for barbie dolls when i was a kid.Although i liked battery driven cars more than dolls but seeing my peers talking about barbie dolls,i developed a fad for barbie dolls.And when i possessed one i was quite riddled that why i got one,actually two.As per me it’s exceedingly boring to play with dolls,all you can do is comb their hair,dress them up,and that’s certainly no fun.If we ruminate we could conveniently apprehend that the obsession of girls with looks and personal care could be attributed to some extent to this phase of doll keeping.
Today Barbie doll has become a major icon for many young girls.It’s a complement if someone says “you look like a barbie doll”.But do you remember the song on barbie girl?
I’m a barbie girl, in the barbie world
Life in plastic, it’s fantastic!
you can brush my hair, undress me everywhere
Imagination, life is your creation
I’m a blond bimbo girl, in the fantasy world
Dress me up, make it tight, I’m your dolly
You’re my doll, rock’n’roll, feel the glamour in pink,
kiss me here, touch me there, hanky panky…
You can touch, you can play, if you say:
“I’m always yours”
Make me walk, make me talk, do whatever you please
I can act like a star, I can beg on my knees
Come jump in, bimbo friend, let us do it again,
hit the town, fool around, let’s go party
You can touch, you can play, if you say: “I’m always yours”
So being a barbie tantamount’s to being a bimbo,an object of male fantasies,isn’t it?Then why girls feel blithe being tagged as a barbie?Let me edify you all about barbie dolls.
” Barbie has become a major icon for young girls over the last several decades. Little do most people know, this pretty pink princess was based on a German prostitute comic strip character named Lili, who was later made into an 11 1/2 inch “sex pet” adult toy and sold exclusively in adult stores. In 1958, Mattel bought the rights to Lili and began the transformation from the adult toy to the Barbie doll that we know today. The traditional Barbie is known for her 40-18-32 measurements, her glasssy-eyed stare, her voluminous long blond hair, and her perfect features. We see in her a sparkling personality, wealth, and stylish fashions, and young girls find themselves wanting to be a supermodel just like Barbie when they grow up. Barbie sends the message that it is ideal to spend your time shopping and talking on the phone. When the first Teen Talk Barbie came out in 1992, the doll was pre-programmed to utter messages like “Math is tough.” Barbie further pushes girls into gender roles and stereotypes by emphasizing pink as the feminine color, glamour and fame, and the “perfect” body. Girls begin to stereotype the ideal female as the pretty, blond, and slim model that Barbie presents us.”
Courtesy: The Negative Portrayal of women
by Adena Young
Moreover the portrayal of women in cartoons is also not antithetic to the conceptualization of women in common life.The female figures in cartoons also are feeble and helpless and always needs a male as rescuer and liberator from a difficult situation.All i wish to assert is that the seeds of discrimination are sowed at a very tender age.Girls accept their feebleness and always look up to the man in their life to guard them.This just results in underestimating your own caliber.On the other hand a boy who have been raised in this fashion to believe in the feebleness and subordinate behavior of a women will never to able to accept any kind of divergence from the roles allotted.If we want to put an end to this gender dichotomy we need to cleanse every arrangement that fosters this discrimination.