Barbie Doll Poem by Marge Piercy

Barbie Doll

Rating: 4.0


This girlchild was born as usual
and presented dolls that did pee-pee
and miniature GE stoves and irons
and wee lipsticks the color of cherry candy.
Then in the magic of puberty, a classmate said:
You have a great big nose and fat legs.

She was healthy, tested intelligent,
possessed strong arms and back,
abundant sexual drive and manual dexterity.
She went to and fro apologizing.
Everyone saw a fat nose on thick legs.

She was advised to play coy,
exhorted to come on hearty,
exercise, diet, smile and wheedle.
Her good nature wore out
like a fan belt.
So she cut off her nose and her legs
and offered them up.

In the casket displayed on satin she lay
with the undertaker's cosmetics painted on,
a turned-up putty nose,
dressed in a pink and white nightie.
Doesn't she look pretty? everyone said.
Consummation at last.
To every woman a happy ending.

Barbie Doll
COMMENTS OF THE POEM
Emma Atkins 15 April 2016

OKAY, HOW MANY TIMES IN THIS ENGLISH CLASS DO I HAVE TO READ ABOUT CHILDREN COMMITTING SUICIDE? CHILDREN WHO SOUND LIKE ME? I HAD THOSE SAME THINGS TOLD ME ME, SAID ABOUT ME, AND YES I'M SAD, BUT I'M ALSO GROWING OVER IT. WHY DOES EVERYTHING HAVE TO END IN EVERYONE KILLING THEMSELVES? AM I NO SAD ENOUGH WITHOUT READING THIS ALL THE TIME? ! CAN WE PLEASE HAVE A POEM WHERE THERE'S SOME SMALL REVOLT, WHERE THE PROTAGONIST OVERCOMES IT, WHERE SHE FINDS SOME STRENGTH WITHIN HERSELF? Just once, I want to read something that doesn't end in a cruel and unjust death. Yes, I know the point the poem is trying to make. However, it inspires no change in women. It only tells us that we cannot overcomes society's barriers to freedom.

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Meeta Ghosh 17 July 2016

Read Phenomenal Woman by Maya Angelou. I hope it helps.

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Sophia Gallegos 22 November 2017

this is reality hunty.....it's poetry...

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tyler 12 February 2021

Ikr its a struggleeeeeee

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Rose Marie Juan-austin 16 December 2021

Deeply poignant and moving poem with a meaningful message.

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Kiran 26 November 2021

Dall ke bare me 3 min kq poem

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KneeGears 16 November 2021

ඞඞඞ

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Joseph R. Biden 20 October 2021

And Corn Pop was a bad dude. And he ran a bunch of bad boys. And back in those days -- to show how things have changed -- one of the things you had to use, if you used Pomade in your hair, you had to wear a baby cap

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Donald J. Trump 20 October 2021

"They haven't seen anything like what's coming at us in 25,30 years, maybe ever. It's tremendously big and tremendously wet, tremendous amounts of water, "

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Chinedu Dike 22 August 2021

Well conceived and wonderfully brought forth....

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Marge Piercy

Marge Piercy

Detroit, Michigan
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