Following is the outline of my paper on Barbie. I do need some suggestion or information. Your reply is welcomed and appreciated.
Barbie, More Than a Doll
I. Barbie history
A. Barbie beginnings
1. Barbie invention
2. Barbie catching on
B. Four decades of Barbie
1. Barbie’s friends joining Barbie
2. Products deriving from Barbie brand
3. Barbie going high-tech
II. Barbie value
A. Historical meaning
1. Barbie relieving people from the shadow of the Second World War
2. A symbol of American dream
B. The impact on world toy industry
1. Barbie providing a brand-new concept of doll production
2. The features of Barbie doll production
3. Barbie enjoying the highest reputation and the greatest market share of doll industry and the reason behind the success
4. Barbie’s declining popularity and the methods Mattel takes to improve the position
C. Barbie’s influence on fashion
D. Educational function
III. Barbie’s negative influences
A. Barbie and cultural invasion
B. Barbie and sex
C. Barbie causing the misconception of women’s beauty and the storm of weight losing and plastic surgery
IV. Two big threats to Barbie
A. Japanese Jenny doll
B. Chinese Yue-Sai doll
V. The future of Barbie
VI. Reference Works
A. The World of Barbie by Rudi Teruel and David Wu
I need some information, not least reference works. Thank you.
What a fun essay, but lots of serious issues too. My colleague just finished constructing a Barbie ranch for his daughter so it’s topical here.
I guess your paper might be about 1500 words long? Any word limit? Some of the sections below are simple enough and I guess the reference text, The World of Barbie, will have most of the facts. I’m interested in the following issues

* The title, Barbie, More Than a Doll, insofar as it’s the theme for the whole paper
* Barbie relieving people from the shadow of the Second World War
* A symbol of American dream
* Barbie and cultural invasion
* Barbie and sex
* Barbie influencing women’s idea of beauty and the fads of weight loss and plastic surgery

Will you share the paper with the forum when you’ve written it? I have free time for a couple of weeks so I’ll look into the things that interest me. Unfortunately, I can’t find the textbook.
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Thank you, wumanfu. The paper should contain at least 3000 words. And I'll post it as soon as I finish it.
Hi, when is your essay due? Maybe I can sort through this list and email sections and chapters of books/journals?

Maybe this is a useful reference book:
* M.G. Lord, Forever Barbie: The Unauthorized Biography of a Real Doll (1995), analyzes the doll in its social context.

Here are books and journals that may also be useful
* Dream doll By: Wood, Gaby; Saunders, Frances Stonor. New Statesman, 4/15/2002, Vol. 131 Issue 4583, p38
* Plastic surgery: Barbie gets real makeover. By: Macarthur, Kate. Advertising Age, 11/4/2002, Vol. 73 Issue 44, p3
* Dolled Up. By: Freund, Charles Paul. Reason, Aug/Sep2002, Vol. 34 Issue 4, p82
* Kinderculture: The Corporate Construction of Childhood
* Feminism and Cultural Studies
* European Readings of American Popular Culture
* Transnational Commodities as Local Cultural Icons: Barbie Dolls in Mexico; Journal of Popular Culture, Vol. 37, 2003
* Girls: Feminine Adolescence in Popular Culture and Cultural Theory
* Growing Up Girls: Popular Culture and the Construction of Identity
* Sold Separately: Children and Parents in Consumer Culture
* Growing Up in Twentieth-Century America: A History and Reference Guide
* Kids' Media Culture
* Consuming Russia: Popular Culture, Sex, and Society since Gorbachev
* Am I Thin Enough Yet?: The Cult of Thinness and the Commercialization of Identity
* Sexual Rhetoric: Media Perspectives on Sexuality, Gender, and Identity
* Gender Equity Right from the Start Vol. 1
* Gender Differences in Human Cognition
* Britain and America: An Interpretation of Their Culture, 1945-1975
* Troubling Children: Studies of Children and Social Problems
* The Feminist Dollar
* Deprivation and Power: The Emergence of Anorexia Nervosa in Nineteenth-Century French Literature
* Neoliberalism and Education in the Americas
* Idollatry; Tikkun, March-April 1995
* Barbie Culture; Archives of Sexual Behavior, Vol. 30, 2001
* Dyes and Dolls: Multicultural Barbie and the Merchandising of Difference; Differences, Vol. 6, 1994
* The Politics of Farrah's Body: The Female Icon as Cultural Embodiment; Journal of Popular Culture, Vol. 37, 2003
* Children's Appraisals of Sex-Typed Behavior in Their Peers; Sex Roles: A Journal of Research, Vol. 33, 1995
* Point and Line over the Body: Social Imaginaries Underlying the Logic of Fashion; Journal of Popular Culture, Vol. 36, 2003
* Maiden USA: Representing Teenage Girls in the '90S; Afterimage, Vol. 26, 1999