Barbie Collection

The Barbie doll has often been a source of controversy as it is known for giving children unrealistic ideas of a women's body image. There is also such a thing as Barbie Syndrome which is the desire to have Barbie's physical appearance and lifestyle. This is almost impossible as the likelihood of attaining Barbie's figure is 1 in 100,000 This toy can be bad for children as they often use their toys to identify themselves and help form their own personalities. If a child plays with Barbie it can give them a poor self image with such an unattainable yearn for physical 'perfection'. Barbie is a doll for children to play adult's as opposed to play with babie dolls but is Barbie the perfect role model for an adult woman? The manufacturers of Barbie have even increased the doll's waist size due to the constant controversy concerning her figure. According to the University Hospital in Helsinki, Finland Barbie would lack 17-22% body fat required for a woman to menstruate. Proportionally, Barbie is very underweight. Apart from Barbie's physical appearance, her lifestyle is also not exactly symbolic of an independent woman but rather a woman who is a bimbo - only interested in shopping and a lack of intellect. The July 1992 'Teen Talk Barbie' uttered phrases such as 'Will we ever have enough clothes?', 'I love shopping' and 'Maths is tough!'. What exactly is this toy supposed to teach children? There is even a Tattooed Barbie doll range! Saudi Arabia has outlawed the Barbie doll. The Committee for the Propagation of Virtue and Prevention of Vice stated "Jewish Barbie dolls, with their revealing clothes and shameful postures, accessories and tools are a symbol of decadence to the perverted West. Let us beware of her dangers and be careful." University of Bath in England research suggests that girls often go through a stage where they hate their Barbie dolls and subject them to a range of punishments, including decapitation and placing the doll in a microwave oven. Dr. Nairn said: "It's as though disavowing Barbie is a rite of passage and a rejection of their past." In this series I investigated the appearance of the Barbie Doll image in the media, the yearning to keep this image frozen as well as her transformation.

 

Josephine Jost - Multimedia Artist - Barbie Series Digital Print / 42 x 31 cm
Josephine Jost - Multimedia Artist - Media SeriesDigital Print / 42 x 31 cm
Josephine Jost - Multimedia Artist - Media SeriesDigital Print / 42 x 31 cm
Josephine Jost - Multimedia Artist - Media SeriesDigital Print / 42 x 31 cm
Josephine Jost - Multimedia Artist - Media SeriesDigital Print / 42 x 31 cm
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