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In "Barbie Doll" by Piercy, what did the speaker mean in the last line of the poem: "to every woman a happy ending"?

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Marge Piercy's poem "Barbie Doll" is an ironic commentary on the value society places on outward beauty and perfection as well as the potentially deadly consequences of this emphasis.  It all starts, of course, with the title.  The Barbie doll has long been the iconic picture of what a woman should be.  In reality, she is outrageously proportioned; however, the term "Barbie doll" has come to represent the outward perfection of a female.

In this poem, the first stanza introduces us to a young girl, "normal" in every way:

This girlchild was born as usual
and presented dolls that did pee-pee
and miniature GE stoves and...

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