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    • POEM: Barbie Doll by Marge Piercy (11/6/2009 12:20:00 PM)

      The derisive imagery and ironic tone of the poem denounce the patriarchal system and gender discrimination of the modern society. The supposed perfection of the female body that this poem idealizes is simply not achievable. In reality a small percentage of female population would live up to the standards set for them. The woman’s attempt to emulate Barbie’s appearance is a deviation from her originality. This process of transformation is inherently destructive for the woman that forcibly undergoes changes which are contrary to her natural behaviors. The poem holds a mirror up to our own vanity and reveals the rampant destruction of self-worth that comes from comparing the normal to the unreal. Piercy has successfully diverted the reader’s attention to the fact that forcing the people, especially women, into restrictive roles and ideals may prove disastrous, leading to emotional conflicts that are often difficult if not impossible to resolve. The standards set for them are too high to achieve and resultantly many women may fall into depression and low self esteem.