I was with a friend and he showed me this article/picture series:
about people who have altered themselves in order to look like dolls. The most drastic images from the slide show are
Can we say infantilization of women? These images were very disturbing for me because these people altered themselves in a way to replicate something that is supposed to be superficial! Human barbies dolls walking around sounds like a plot to a bad horror movie. Number 5 had her waist size altered to be 20 inches and number 10 also had her waist altered down to 19 inches. All of these people (except possibly number 3; the slideshow said that she is a make-up artist) paid for thousands of dollars worth of plastic surgery to alter themselves. The most obvious change is increasing the size of the eyes. The big wide-eyed look is one of innocence and youth; THIS IS HOW THEY ACHIEVE THE INFANTILIZATION OF WOMEN!
The drastic slimming of the waist highlights the impossible standards of beauty set by the modeling industry. All of the images of the models are photo-shopped before the images are put in a magazine or on a billboard. The ideal is a woman with an extremely small waist and a look of “innocence”. All of these people are using money and plastic surgery to commodify themselves. These people are all victims of the male gaze that society has used to define beauty. So how do we combat this? Should we ban all kinds of barbie dolls with unattainable figures that perpetuate an impossible standard of beauty? Should we stop having articles that feature people who do things to alter their bodies to get attention? Or should we legally set a limit on the amount of plastic surgery one person can undergo? This phenomenon of people wanting to embody dolls and,in turn, gaining a huge following because of it needs to end. This is not what our children need to look up to because at its most basic interpretation, it is self-hating. These people are becoming famous for self-hate, the commodification of one’s body, and perpetuating dangerous beauty standards. This needs to stop.