Read Box 11.2 Barbie: Feminist Icon or Woman as Sex Object?  And 11.3 Boys’ Toys on Steroids and answer the following question:
1.  Do you feel that dolls and action figures with unrealistic bodies encourage unrealistic standards of attractiveness? Why or why not?
2.  Would you prefer that the young children you know play with a Barbie or a Lammily doll? With a GI Joe of average proportions or a body-builder GI Joe? Why?
3.  How might social comparison theory apply to toys such as these?

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