Hey guys and welcome back to 《That Was History》.
我是Cliff Langston 今天我们来聊聊芭比娃娃
I’m Cliff Langston and today we are talking about Barbie Dolls.
but don’t run too soon, it’s not exactly what it looks like!
You and I aren’t playing dress up by any means here.
Jeremy actually brought up a good question recently and
wanted us to speculate what might be different
if the Barbie Doll had never been invented or released?
Trying to answer this question does presenta challenge though.
Barbie Dolls were not part of my arsenal
of toys when I was growing up.
My sister plays with them,
but I stayed far away from those girly toys riddled with cooties.
Since I did not play with them as a child,
I felt it might be a disservice to you if
I tried to imagine their nonexistence solely on my opinion.
So I called in reinforcements… my wife Nicole,
who was heavily influenced by this toy throughout her childhood.
As an expert in the field,
how different would things be, in your opinion, if the Barbie Doll never existed?
I think that a big change might be the way
that young girls and women perceive themselves.
This has been a big topic of debate for many years, actually.
A lot of women grow up believing
that Barbie was the ideal look that they should try to model themselves after.
A “ Barbie woman ” is someone with decent height,
还要有长腿 苗条身材 比例好的特征
long legs, a slim figure, proportionate features,
and a perfect complexion.
In reality, this just isn’t the way we are made.
Every woman has their strong features andtheir weak points. Unfortunately,
advancements in the field
of plastic surgery have made it even easier to
achieve those Barbie qualities.
Some women even take it too far and become more plastic than they are organic.
This makes the Barbie parallel even more evident.
I can definitely see where you’re coming from on that one
but surely Barbie Dolls encourage good qualities in children as well, right?
I mean yeah, absolutely.
One great thing that Barbie taught young girls is
that they could be anything that they want to be,
比如总统 医生 宇航员
like the President, Doctor, and astronaut,
Barbies encouraged women to pursue their dreams.
They can be whatever they want.
In fact, Barbie has had close to 150 different careers in her lifetime.
You can’t exactly argue with that…
I don’t suppose you can,
but let’s take a look at the economic side of things.
Barbie Dolls have been bringing in a great deal of profit
for the American toy company, Mattel since 1959.
Couple that with the fact that 90％ of girls
age 3 to 10 own at least one Barbie,
and on average girls 3 to 6 have roughly 12 Barbies.
and you will see that the numbers add up so much in fact,
that Matell has sold over 10 million Barbie Dolls since their introduction
with an estimated $1.3 billion dollars in annual sales.
That’s a lot of money that Matell would not currently have at their disposal if Barbie Doll was nonexistent.
Also brands such as the Bratz and Monster High dolls
might not be around if Barbie wasn’t invented years ago to set stage.
These other doll brands have made quite the profit as well as simply riding off of the success of their competition.
What do you think?
Do you agree or disagree with our speculations?
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