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Venus De Willendorf Essay

644 words - 3 pages

Project Outline

I. Introduction
1. Understanding the difference in Paleolithic era who produced the Venus de Willendorf with the era of today which produced the Barbie doll
2. Discuss the culture of today and that of the Paleolithic culture
II. Paleolithic Era and Culture
1. What is Paleolithic and it’s culture
2. The roles of Paleolithic women

3. Venus de Willendorf
III. Today the “Barbie Doll” era
1. History of the Barbie Doll
2. Women concept of beauty size, fashion, and makeup
3. Roles of lifestyles of women in this day in age
IV. The affect Barbie has on the younger generation
1. Self-esteem
2. Confidence
V. Conclusion
1. Summary

Project Proposal
Thesis: Understanding the difference in Paleolithic era that produced the Venus de Willendorf culture with the era of today which produced the Barbie doll.
Today’s culture has made ...view middle of the document...

Paleolithic is a term used to describe the very earliest human. Paleolithic means “Old Stone” and refers to the crudeness of these stone implements. It is also used by archeologists and anthropologists to refer to a whole set of traits that these very earliest people held in common (Dr. McKay, online-history.org). I do believe that the modern culture has rejected the Paleolithic culture. Doing the Paleolithic era the men were the providers by hunting and fishing while the women gathered the food and produced and protected the children. Doing this time fashion, hair, and makeup was not important. The Venus de Willendorf is said to represent the women of the Paleolithic era. The images that represented the Venus de Willendorf were of a woman that has a big stomach that hangs over with large arms and legs. It also represented the nakedness of the body without fashion or makeup. The modern culture has definitely rejected the culture that produced the Venus de Willendorf by focusing on style and beauty and not the role of motherhood and survival. The Barbie doll has become an icon in the eyes of women and men in our society today. Barbie has been worshipped since the day it has come out. There are millions of girls who have Barbie’s and compare themselves to the figure that they play with and idolize. Their self-esteem and confidence is low because they may not see themselves as they see their dolls. Televisions and magazines have helped promote the images of being thin and having a certain style which is considered perfection. Models are giving the image to replicate Barbie dolls and are broadcast all over the world. This gives girls and women false since of what the body and appearance of a woman is supposed to look like. Women have been forced to uphold this thin appearance in order to see themselves in this perfect light that the Barbie doll has set before us. We have refused to accept the body in its natural state and have decided that beauty is wearing makeup, dressing in a certain fashion, and being small is a much more acceptable.

References
1. Online-History.org
2. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3263182/

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