15.) Should Barbie be the ideal doll to play with as a child? (pg. 151)

Well I personally played with Barbie as a child and had a lot of fun playing with her growing up. I do not think that it affected me too much by playing with her, but I think that it can affect some children. I do not think that she is the ideal doll to play with as a child because many children will then grow up wanting to look like Barbie. The Barbie look is not ideal for young children. “Many authors have discussed the importance of the effect of the media on body satisfaction in adolescents, especially girls, and have concluded that fashion magazines and idealized female images, such as the Barbie doll, do have an influence on body image and self-perception” (pg. 145). Young girls will end up wanting to change their own bodies to fit an image they think they should look like. This image of Barbie is unrealistic and not healthy for young girls. To have this model image at such a young can be an explanation to the young girls with eating disorders and that are unhappy with their own bodies. The ideal doll should be much more realistic and healthy.

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16). Why are diets, exercise, fashion, and cosmetics not enough today? (pg. 151)

Diets, exercise, fashion, and cosmetics are not enough today because of the models the media portrays to us. The media images we see are of models that are stick skinny and unhealthy. These models are also retouched in campaign advertisements to look perfect. But no one is actually perfect. “Adolescents compare themselves to the models promoted by fashion and very frequently desire to look like them” (pg. 150). It is sad that many girls and guys look at these models as idols and think that they are supposed to look like them and need more than just diets, exercise, fashion, and cosmetics. They go to the extreme because they do not think that they are good enough and need more to look and feel better about themselves. More ads should feature real people as models.

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13.) Do uniforms delay the development of solid identity in adolescence?

Wearing uniforms throughout adolescence can affect someone’s identity. It does not allow teens to experiment with their own identity. Uniforms hold back an individual’s identity. Wearing a uniform everyday does not let them try out different styles to see which they like most and which actually defines their identity. Uniforms also do not allow guys and girls to be individuals since they are forced to look like everyone else around them. “ Fashion comes in as part of this process of acquiring personal identity and as a means of social differentiation that can express the ambivalence of our personalities, our main character traits – in short, our identity” (pg. 139). Some creative teens might add some accessories to stand out in a   crowd, but that is not always enough for an individual to have a solid identity. Uniforms do not give teens the freedom to be original, have a solid identity, and actually be themselves.

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