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Society and Culture-: Fashion Dolls

Year 12 Society and Culture

Using Resources in Accessit

Here are some books that you may find useful during your studies.  Search the Bennies catalogue Accessit for more, or browse the Non-fiction collection NFS..


Retail and fashion guru Mary Portas ventures into the blonde bombshell's world to find out whether Barbie's days are numbered?

Barbie dolls have been criticized for portraying an unrealistic figure for females. Is this affecting how young girls view themselves? Cristen Conger is here to tell you about the new doll Lammily, and how viewing a more realistic doll could help girls with their self-image.

You Tube

A comparison between two dolls for young girls: Bratz Dolls vs. Tree Change Dolls.

This video program, produced by Modesto Junior College video producer Wes Page, documents an experiment by Professor Sam Pierstorff and his English 101 class. Small children are asked questions about Barbie dolls of different ethnicity.


The Conversation

Launched in 1959, named after the inventor’s daughter Barbara, and owned by 99% of 3-10 year old girls in the USA, Barbie has been a popular request on young girls’ Christmas wish lists for 55 years.

The Atlantic


In an experiment, girls who played with Mrs. Potato Head thought they could achieve more careers than girls who played with Barbie. Yes, even Doctor Barbie.


Eating disorders affect several million people at any given time. While most women with eating disorders are between the ages of 12 and 35, the youngest age of girls who are dissatisfied with or have low body esteem has decreased over the years.

Tree Change Dolls

Tree Change Dolls™ are the creations of Tasmanian artist Sonia Singh. The dolls have been rescued and rehabilitated from op-shops and tip shops around Tasmania. These lil fashion dolls have had a lifestyle change, swapping their high-maintenance high-fashion habits for down-to-earth style. Sonia hand repaints the dolls faces, molds new feet or shoes, and her mum sews and knits their clothing.

Doll Controversy

It's a controversial topic that has been going on for years. No matter how many times it dies, someone brings the argument back up sooner or later in different ways. We've seen it with the artist who drew Barbie proportions on a human woman.