Chapter 2: Discuss the “Becoming Barbie” video with your discussion group ( you can find the link at the bottom of this post). Think about how Cindy Jackson would define her own sense of self. In your discussion, concentrate on at least THREE of the following questions: 1) How many “possible selves” do you think she has? How do you think she developed that particular sense of self? 2) How does the American culture and her own self-esteem influence her idea of self? 3) Does she have good self-control? 4) How does Cindy use self-presentation strategies? 5) In our present culture (in the year 2017), do you think such surgeries are more acceptable? Why or why not?In your follow-up comment, analyze at least one group member’s comments and see if there is another concept from the chapter that can be used to back up (or refute) that group member’s thoughts (you have to find at least one other for that member!).
This video was from the late 1990’s, and Cindy has had even more operations since then. In fact, there is even new male version who—inspired by Cindy’s story—reinvented himself as “Ken”. I’ve even heard stories of mothers giving their pre-teen daughters coupons for breast augmentation surgery! How odd is that! If you want to see what Cindy is doing today, please visit her website at http://www.cindyjackson.com/ (Links to an external site.). If you find any other “living Barbie Dolls” online, I encourage you to share them (I know of at least one out there that will blow your mind! See if you can find her!)
The Cindy Jackson link seems to be temporarily not working, so use this one:Interview Cindy Jackson Viewpoints
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