What does "her good nature wore out/ like a fan belt" mean in "Barbie Doll"?
The use of "a fan belt" is a direct reference to a machine that has worn out from too much use. The image of the woman being conditioned to possess "good nature" is one that reflects a constant demand to be nothing other than "good natured." In this light, the Piercy suggests that the socialization of women is one that treats them as objects, constantly needing...
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