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A tribute to Barbie

July 4, 2020

Barbie, from the Barbie movies, has and always will be one of my favorite feminine role models. When I was younger, I wanted to grow up to be just like her and in a lot of ways today, I still do. She radiates such a pure and feminine energy. She is a great high standard at which a high value woman should carry herself in terms of kindness, generosity, dealing with anger and frustration, navigating female friendships, etc. At 21, I still rewatch all the old favorites (Barbie as the Princess and the Pauper, Barbie in the 12 Dancing Princesses, Barbie and the Diamond Castle, etc.) and listen to the soundtracks on repeat. It reminds me of a simpler time. It reminds me that I need to slow down and reconnect with myself and my feminine nature and desires. When I was younger, I focused a lot on the happily ever after of Barbie ending up with her man. One thing I’ve noticed while rewatching these movies was that Barbie never focused too much on her prince or her happily ever after as much as I thought she did. In fact, if you were to observe closely, none of the plot lines ever centered around finding a man/husband. They were just the icing on the cake. The side story. She saw more importance in living her life, improving herself, helping those around her, and supporting and uplifting her female friends. In doing so, the men in her life naturally gravitated towards her. There were so many things Barbie has taught me. I learned that I still get too caught up in searching for a man sometimes that I forget to enjoy and build upon the relationships I do have with the friends and family around me. I sometimes forget to walk and speak in the grace and elegance of a feminine woman. I don’t spend as much time having a childlike wonder of the world, living in curiosity, learning, and taking the time and effort to do things to the best of my abilities and with love for what I do. That concludes my tribute to Barbie, but I would love to hear how she has made an impact, if any, on your lives as well! :)

Edit: I am talking about the Barbie persona/character from the movies made to promote the dolls. I’m not talking about the dolls themselves, so I just wanted to be clear!

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Title A tribute to Barbie
Author sabsz16
Upvotes 117
Comments 41
Date July 4, 2020 2:24 PM UTC (3 years ago)
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[–]cherrykitty8715 points16 points  (2 children) | Copy Link

Ahhh Dude, so you can watch all the barbie movies on

(Mariposa and Fairytopia are the best!)

I've been watching them for the past few weeks no cap and I love them!!!

Barbie is even nice to those who have done her wrong, she's forgiving and warm to everyone. She really is such a wonderful role-model. <3

[–]sabsz16[S] 5 points6 points  (0 children) | Copy Link

Oh gosh, I almost wish I didn’t see that 🙈 Might be spending the next few days in my room, since I’m still out of work 😂 But yes, you’re so right! She’s got such a great character

[–][deleted] 1 point2 points  (0 children) | Copy Link

I like the mermaid ones.

[–]ironsoul9910 points11 points  (1 child) | Copy Link

You should watch Trixie Mattel’s videos on Barbie through the decades. It’s really fun because the dolls are all so pretty but Trixie dives in to a lot of Barbie history. Often, the dolls reflect the time in history. She made a point to say that originally, the allure of Barbie was to give your daughter a doll to show her that you should always be well groomed and do certain things like how “cooking Barbie” did.

[–]sabsz16[S] 2 points3 points  (0 children) | Copy Link

Oh wow, that’s so interesting! Thanks for the recommendation! I’ll definitely check it out 😊

[–]Mewster18181 Star35 points36 points  (2 children) | Copy Link

I was more into American Girl Dolls as a young girl, because it was a special hobby with my grandmother and my cousin. Other than reading all the books and playing together, my grandmother helped teach me how to sew clothes for them, braid and style their hair, and care for them. Not quite as lively as Barbie, but it was very much a "quieter" femininity.

And of course all of the books told stories of perseverance, kindness, and self-work... I still have all of them today.

[–]sabsz16[S] 2 points3 points  (0 children) | Copy Link

Oh yes, I was into that too!! I bet that’s such a precious memory for you! Thank you for sharing; it definitely made me reminisce some of my own memories ☺️

[–]Thesladenator976 points7 points  (1 child) | Copy Link

Gosh I loved Barbie of swan lake. Reflecting now, your right she always focused on her friends over her partner.

[–]sabsz16[S] 4 points5 points  (0 children) | Copy Link

Yes! I loved all the ballerina-themed ones 😊 And right?! It’s crazy how we focus on what we want to focus on only to realize later that what we were focusing on was only part of the bigger picture

[–]takisntortillachips9 points10 points  (1 child) | Copy Link

Even as a little kid I knew I wasn’t going to present feminine visually — I wore gender neutral stuff and couldn’t give a crap about my hair. Barbie taught me that it’s one’s internal femininity that is more important — bravery, intelligence, love and care for family and friends. I liked that Barbie was the hero in the movies. She rarely needed the man’s help. Most of all, she taught me that you can be both kind and brave, gentle and uncompromising on your values.

[–]sabsz16[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children) | Copy Link

Aww yes! I love this 🤗

[–]Draculas_Wife7 points8 points  (11 children) | Copy Link

I personally do not see Barbie as my role model.

[–]sabsz16[S] 4 points5 points  (10 children) | Copy Link

Oh, how come? Do you have something else in mind? I would love to hear what you have to say!

[–]Tw0_Sc00pz7 points8 points  (6 children) | Copy Link

I won’t be buying Barbies or anything similar for my daughter because of the consumeristic elements. They made to break and instead of buying (or making!!) clothes for your existing doll, you’re pushed to buy more more more with each new franchise. There’s also a sexual element to the makeup and clothes that I despise for girls.

Overall, her truly feminine virtues are overshadowed by agressive consumerism and sexuality—both masculine traits.

[–][deleted] 2 points3 points  (2 children) | Copy Link

Yes. The great thing about giving girls dolls is that they can learn, through play, to look after babies. It is so bizarre that dolls have instead become role models -- and, as you say, highly sexualized, consumerist role models!

[–]Tw0_Sc00pz2 points3 points  (1 child) | Copy Link

Big fan of baby dolls, rag dolls, and American Girl dolls for older girls.

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy Link

Same here!

[–]sabsz16[S] 6 points7 points  (2 children) | Copy Link

I’m not really talking about the doll in my post, though. I’m talking about the Barbie persona from the movies they made to promote the dolls.

[–]Tw0_Sc00pz1 point2 points  (1 child) | Copy Link

You said in your own post that you didn’t notice her finer feminine qualities until you were older because the “get a prince” narrative pulled so much focus.

[–]sabsz16[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children) | Copy Link

I didn’t say I never noticed her feminine qualities, I just chose to focus on a different aspect of the plot.

[–]Draculas_Wife2 points3 points  (2 children) | Copy Link

Maybe it's just because I'm not American.

[–]sabsz16[S] 2 points3 points  (1 child) | Copy Link

Oh okay, I’m sorry, I didn’t mean to make you feel excluded or anything!

[–]Draculas_Wife1 point2 points  (0 children) | Copy Link

No worries! 😉

[–][deleted] 15 points16 points  (4 children) | Copy Link

I see your point but this lowkey reads like a copypasta lmfao

[–]sabsz16[S] 17 points18 points  (3 children) | Copy Link

Oh no, that means it’s cringe 😂🙈

[–]1ovewaters5 points6 points  (0 children) | Copy Link

no it isn't!

[–]JadedByEntropy2 points3 points  (1 child) | Copy Link

Mega cringe

[–][deleted] -3 points-2 points  (0 children) | Copy Link

Yes. This post is one of the most depressing things I've seen.

[–]Hecatenight8 points9 points  (1 child) | Copy Link

Hey I love this message! I was smirking at first but when you got to the part about focusing on the meaningful and rewarding parts of life instead of focusing on male approval I was so here for it :)

[–]sabsz16[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy Link

Thank you! I’m glad you liked it! 😊

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[–]sabsz16[S] 2 points3 points  (0 children) | Copy Link

Hey, I’m so sorry you went through that! I understand your hesitation. I wasn’t talking about the dolls, specifically, but more so the movies made of Barbie herself. But yes, the new line of Barbie dolls are definitely cool!

[–][deleted] 2 points3 points  (1 child) | Copy Link

She is truly feminine and kind to those around her. Def agree with :)

[–]sabsz16[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy Link


[–]LanaTownsend2 points3 points  (1 child) | Copy Link

At first read, I thought it was somewhat silly to think so deeply about a fictional persona, but she (Barbie) has been a fundamental part of my development and childhood.

Mrs. Midwest reminds me of Barbie. I don't mean that in a superficial, image-conscious way either. I think Mrs. Midwest would be flattered by the comparison too.

[–]sabsz16[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy Link

Yeah haha definitely! And in some ways she does, yes!

[–]melitele32 points3 points  (0 children) | Copy Link

I am not American but Barbie movies were just as popular in Europe when I was a little girl.

I absolutely love Barbie and I still re-watch these movies as an adult from time to time. Barbie is a really good example of positive, feminine, kind and intelligent young woman. The fact that she possesses all of those virtues makes her so attractive (of course physically she is beautiful too which appeals to me, since beauty is very often compared to vanity - which can’t be said about Barbie). One could think that watching such movies as an adult is infantile (and it could be partly true) but I really think the message is universal enough and these are enjoyable during days when we want to just feel a bit wholesome and whimsical.

Other examples of movies like these are some Disney movies, for example Cinderella and Snow White.

[–]deadbegonia5 points6 points  (1 child) | Copy Link

Growing up I didn't relate to Barbie very much because I was one of those edgy kids... But in my 20-s I realize how innocently and adorably femininity is presented for kids! And how I wish I had more interest in Barbie growing up. I can see her as... Not a role model per say, but a good image of cute, naive but positive femininity. Definitely imagine my future kids with Barbie dolls and movies.

[–]sabsz16[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy Link

Oh interesting! What did you personally relate to back then?

[–]urban_wallflower1 point2 points  (0 children) | Copy Link

Barbie and Sindy were some of my best friends as a kid and will always hold a fond place in my heart. I still have fond memories. My horrible brother used to chew off their feet.

[–]eMotionaldYnamite0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy Link

yeah when I think of the movies I only remember the adventures, sisterhood and horses that were featured there I never really focused on the guys in the movie

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