I have used the Barbie doll to show the media industry’s effect on body image. It is also a response to the article, http://www.divinecaroline.com/life-etc/momhood/negative-effects-barbie-young-girls-long-term-results. In the article, it discusses how a psychology experiment proves that the barbie doll can have a direct effect on body image.
The experiment was done in the United Kingdom in 2006 by professors Helga Dittmar and Suzanne Ive, both from the University of Sussex and Emma Halliwell of the University of the West of England. The experiment is called “Does Barbie Make Girls Want to Be Thin? The Effect of Experimental Exposure to Images of Dolls on the Body Image of 5- to 8-Year-Old Girls.”
The results suggested that the group of girls who were exposed to the Barbie dolls showed a more negative view on their body image after completing the assessment. The professors said:
“lower self-esteem and a greater desire for a thinner body shape than in the other exposed conditions.”
Dittmar, Suzanne Ive, and Emma Halliwell. (2006) “Does Barbie Make Girls Want to Be Thin? The Effect of Experimental Exposure to Images of Dolls on the Body Image of 5-to 8-Year- Old Girls” Developmental Psychology. 2nd ed. Vol. 42. Brighton. 283-92. Print.
I wanted to highlight how influential the media can be in this way through my images:
I put a tape measure around her and fastened it to show that you are constantly being judged on your body through the media and the consistent images of celebrities through Instagram and other social networks encourage us to have low self esteem and a constant worry about our weight and body image.