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March 14, 2022

More than just another film about a doll’s adventures


The Barbie movie shifted perspectives, and showed what it can be like to be a woman, as well as deeply resonating with many women’s struggles. However, the response the Barbie movie got from some proved the exact point it was making. Take Jo Koy’s ‘comedy’ response at the golden globe’s awards His patronising comments about the movie made Greta Gerwig’s point more obvious to the public and proved to society why feminism needs to exist. People’s reactions at the Globes even echoed this point. Greta Gerwig and Margot Robbie’s faces dropped. For some strange reason no one seemed to find his joke funny.  

As Barbie brings mother and daughter back together, I thought it was only right to ask for my own mum’s opinion. Another generation’s opinion, even when she was young Barbie was the stereotypical girl everyone wanted to look like or was supposed to look like. She said it: ‘’sett unrealistic targets and lowered people’s self-esteem’’, by aiming to look like a doll. She also added that our generation gave the movie the chance to be successful. Without us being willing to watch it no one would have known that it was more than just another film about the doll’s adventures. She said: ‘’the movie showed the reality and the real side of being a woman.’’ 

Barbie appealed to lots of different age groups. For the younger audience it showed them that they don’t have to fit into a stereotyped body type and image. For those a little bit older but still just as impressionable it showed us that no one thinks they’re perfect, everyone has struggles with someone and some part of themselves. It also showed every generation that the fight is still not over and there is a point in feminism and still standing up for our rights. Overall, the movie showed us the hard part of being a woman, and it opened people’s eyes to the sexism that still exists. 

With the release of the movie, it brings hope that Barbie has reached a new meaning one that is inclusive and recognises the pressure put on women. This will hopefully replace the stereotyped Barbie girl people were brought up to aspire to, I’m hoping it brings a new exciting era where everyone is included and no body is out of place.   

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    Jacqui Shirley - OrganiserMay 9, 2024 at 9:05 am

    A well written article, i like the balance of wider issues and personal comments