PBS Documentary: "Barbie Nation" Film Review by Rose

PBS Documentary: "Barbie Nation"
Looks at the impact of the Barbie doll on American culture as reported by PBS in its TV documentary film "Barbie Nation".
# 147638 | 1,060 words | 3 sources | MLA | 2011 | US
Published on May 29, 2011 in Film (Documentary) , Sociology (General)

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This paper reviews the 1998 PBS documentary "Barbie Nation" that traces facets of Barbie's unique impact on American society from her creation as the first representation of a realistic female figure in the 1950s to her current position as an international symbol of fashion and femininity. The paper explains that the film seeks to answer why Barbie is so popular and why it has become such a phenomenon. The paper points out that, despite the polarization for and against Barbie's image, the film concludes that the unifying element in adults' reactions to the doll is based on how she made them feel, positive or negative, when they were children initially encountering her.

From the Paper:

"That wholesomeness, of course, has come into serious question in recent years as the doll has become more sexualized to accommodate for changing times. Barbie's figure is now being criticized as unrealistic and unfair to the young girls who play with her, as over time they are said develop unreal expectations of body and self because of her suggestive clothing, wide hips, slender waist, and large breasts - proportions that, if rendered to scale, would make for a wildly impossible, mutated being."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Stern, Susan, prod. "Barbie Nation." Barbie Nation. PBS. 14 July 1998. Television/DVD.
  • BernalBeachFilms. "Barbie Nation Begins." YouTube.com. 6 Nov 2008. 20 May 2011. <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lDIY0NPnR_U>
  • Barbie Nation - an Unauthorized Tour. BarbieNation.com. 17 Aug 2007. 20 May 2011. <http://www.barbienation.com/bn/synopsis.html>
  • Marsh, Lisa. "Life-size Barbie gets real women talking." The Today Show, NBC. 14 April 2011. 20 May 2011. <http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/42595605/ns/today-today_people/t/life-size-barbie-gets-real-women-talking/ >

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