Barbie Doll

February 28, 2013 in Poetry, Teen Troubles

By Marge Piercy 
  This girlchild was born as usual and presented dolls that did pee-pee and miniature GE stoves and irons and wee lipsticks the color of cherry candy.
Then in the magic of puberty, a classmate said: You have a great big nose and fat legs. … She was healthy, tested intelligent, possessed strong arms and back, abundant sexual drive and manual dexterity. She went to and fro apologizing.
 Everyone saw a fat nose on thick legs. She was advised to play coy, exhorted to come on hearty, exercise, diet, smile and wheedle.
Her good nature wore out like a fan belt. So she cut off her nose and her legs and offered them up.
In the casket displayed on satin she lay with the undertaker’s cosmetics painted on, a turned-up putty nose, dressed in a pink and white nightie.
Doesn’t she look pretty? everyone said. Consummation at last.
To every woman a happy ending.

50 responses to Barbie Doll

  1. Inspirational. I suddenly remembered when people bullied me for being nerdy, fat and the likes. Haha. Well, every girl deserves a happy ending. Every girl is a princess, regardless of your physical stature. Yet, I still feel lonely because now that I showed them that im not that fatty old nerd anymore… they suddenly began sabotaging me. People think that im a liar, a slut…. Its kinda sad. No matter what you’d do, society will always judge you.

  2. This sad, but true. I used to be her… a part of me is still her….

  3. Dawn said on June 6, 2013

    People in this world just don’t understand another person’s pain and sadness, do they? Some people can’t help being simply who they are, so why do we still judge them? :/

  4. This is just… Woah. I cannot even put into words. It’s beautiful and touching and meaningful. I am extremely involved in feminism and I just think this is the perfect example of showing how women are manipulated in society,.

  5. This is so true. Everywhere in the world we are being told and shown what type of girls are “pretty” and “beautiful”. My whole life I have looked in the mirror and thought that I was one of the ugliest girls in the world even though my friends and family members tell me otherwise, just because I didnt look like “that girl” off of the tv.

  6. waoh…. that was beautiful. for some reason it makes me feel naked, its as if you wrote the poem about me…
    and again.. BEAUTIFUL!!

  7. I didn’t write “Barbie Doll” The amazing Marge Piercy did. But yes it is a beautiful poem.

  8. Wow. Thats pretty powerful. But isn’t there any end? Or are people really going to pressure us and try to alter us til death?

  9. Society tends to make girls think they have to fit into a certain stereotype that is considered beautiful. Not everyone can look like a model. It is our imperfections that make us who we are. Imagine living in a world where everyone looked the same. It would be a bleak place to live!

  10. WOW!! This makes me thinks of how dumb people can be without noticing. I used to be a little ignorant and bullied child at the same time, i guess i stood in the middle right? I’m so ashamed for being a bully because now i understand of how much they damaged my childhood live. At the time i didn’t realize that i lied and pretended to be someone else to stop the bulling, you’d think i was dumb right? I just didn’t know how to stand up to anyone at the time.

  11. Wow
    this is an absolutely amazing poem and being bullied myself makes it very easy to relate, horrible how you have to look a certain way for people to accept you!!

  12. so sad…yet so true

  13. Emmalie I love this so so so much. I think every teenage girl has been bullied at some point in her life and people are so ridiculous in calling people names and making fun of their appearances.

  14. Very true 🙂 Oh! and I love the picture! Very inspirational 🙂

  15. this is so sad, but amazingly true <3

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  17. When my metabolism changed I had to be different. I use to be able to eat anything and not gain weight but now I have to watch what I eat. I’m scared to be heavy because my mom always encouraged me to take care of myself so I wouldn’t turn into her. Even as hard as I try I don’t lose weight but I don’t have a chubby belly, my thighs are only getting bigger. So I’m guessing that I should accept it and stay healthy. You should accept yourself too as long as your making right and healthy choices.

  18. When my metabolism changed I had to be different. I use to be able to eat anything and not gain weight but now I have to watch what I eat. I’m scared to be heavy because my mom always encouraged me to take care of myself so I wouldn’t turn into her. Even as hard as I try I don’t lose weight but I don’t have a chubby belly, my thighs are only getting bigger. So I’m guessing that I should accept it and stay healthy. You should accept yourself too as long as your making right and healthy choices. Stay happy!

  19. I almost cried, So inspirational!

  20. So relatable, it made me cry a bit because that the way im feeling now

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  22. Very inspirational and well written. I’m glad I found your blog and I’m going to read more now 🙂

  23. very Inspirational

  24. That’s a really great poem that I think is really relatable and thoughtful. It’s really sad that it exists though – that it has to. If only one wasn’t judged by these kind of things…

  25. People say I am useless Horrible fat ugly no one to talk to

  26. That was a beautiful poem. It explained so much and that means so much to me. It’s like that saying “Society killed the teenager.”

  27. It’s so sad how people bully each other. Everyone is perfect the way they are, they don’t need to change in anyway.

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  28. so true and sad ): but very inspirational<3

  29. This is amazing! I have felt like this girl for so long! It is why I started writing in the first place!

  30. THis is so true! 😀

  31. Every girl is a princess, regardless of your physical stature ^_^

  32. Very true 🙂 Oh! and I love the picture! Very inspirational 🙂

  33. Very true Oh! and I love the picture! Very inspirational

  34. Very true ! and also Very inspirational the poem

  35. This is very true and oh so very sad but it happens and I wish more girls and guys would see that they are beautiful no matter what society says!

  36. Whoa. This is.. wow.. People put others down because they most likely cant see their own beauty. But everyone is beautiful.

  37. Whoa. This is.. wow.. People put others down because they most likely cant see their own beauty. But everyone is beautiful. No one deserves to put put down

  38. So true and inspirational!

  39. Touching, really. (I’m not sarcastic) .Reminds us, humans, that we are cruel, aggressive and judgemental on appearances. We don’t always have the logic mindset to think deeper.

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  41. u write so well n true!!!

  42. This is so sad.. but I can relate with this because people always point out my flaws.

  43. Wow, this hit me hard. This is absolutely beautiful. It’s so true that it’s sad. I was this girl once, then I left school an changed. The next time people saw me I looked completely different an suddenly people wanted to be my friend. It’s very rare to find people who genuinely like you for you, no matter how you look or act. You have a very wonderful gift, you can reach people in ways that many can’t. Keep up the great work. I look forward to reading more.

  44. That was such beautiful poem.

  45. nice one

  46. Beautiful.

  47. I’ve been bullied quite a bit just in this past year while I was going through the biggest transition of my life. Writing has given me an escape from the words. It’s very empowering to see other young writers finding a way out of the darkness.

  48. Its crazy how i can relate so well to this

  49. that’s beautiful..

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