I do find it sickening that they are pushing this trash on such young children…
The dolls are aimed at 4-8-year-old girls, with “dewy lips, fishnet stockings and barely-there miniskirts — a creep-out factor for a lot of moms. Earlier this year, a report from the American Psychological Assn. even mentioned the Bratz dolls by name and said ‘it is worrisome when dolls designed specifically for 4- to 8-year-olds are associated with an objectified adult sexuality.’ ” So we have the cultural subversion theme going on: “ten-inch tall hoochie mamas” for little girls to play with. Director Sean McNamara’s first reaction to the dolls is revealing: “These aren’t cute dolls — they look like sluts.”
Just What Your First Grader Needs…A Padded Bra
Get your barf bags ready, people. The braintrust that brought the world Bratz dollz are at it again…
Bratz Twin Baby Lingerie Dollz
Bratz Lingerie Twins
Phoebe “Sugar” is dressed in a fluffy pink jacket with pink and black underwear, while Roxxi “Spice” has an open fake leather jacket and skimpy red and black lingerie. Both dolls have baby milk bottles hanging off chains strapped to their legs.
I’m not sure if these things are being sold in the US or not but in Australia, sales are expected to reach one million this year. WTF???
But WAIT! Grab another barf bag. It gets worse…
Target stores in Australia are also selling Bratz and Barbie padded bras for little girls starting at size 6 and if you look at it in the photo below, the first two sets on the left and in the middle are very mature looking. In fact, it’s not unlike lingerie that I own. But it’s for little kids which is just gross.
The padded Bratz “bralettes” were among more than 30 different junior bra styles starting at size six on sale at a city Target store visited by the Herald Sun yesterday.The Australian Family Association warned parents against sexualising their children. “We have a growing problem with pedophilia and people viewing children as sex objects,” spokeswoman Angela Conway said. ~The Herald Sun
GIRLS SIZE 6, people!
Sexy, sassy, still in primary school(more on Bratz)
Not having any young daughters I was quite unaware of the “wildly successful” Bratz dolls or the recent movie featuring them. (“A Good-Girl Make-Over for the Bratz,” Los Angeles Times, July 30, 2007). The dolls are aimed at 4-8-year-old girls, with “dewy lips, fishnet stockings and barely-there miniskirts — a creep-out factor for a lot of moms. Earlier this year, a report from the American Psychological Assn. even mentioned the Bratz dolls by name and said ‘it is worrisome when dolls designed specifically for 4- to 8-year-olds are associated with an objectified adult sexuality.’ ” So we have the cultural subversion theme going on: “ten-inch tall hoochie mamas” for little girls to play with. Director Sean McNamara’s first reaction to the dolls is revealing: “These aren’t cute dolls — they look like sluts.” (Here’s a collection from Google Images.)
But for the movie, they probably figured that the teenage girls as sluts theme would mean that the girls would actually have to act slutty rather than just look slutty. That would bring about an R-rating or worse, and therefore cut down on the profits. So the hoochie mama theme was downplayed in favor of a strong multicultural conflict between multi-race good guys versus “country club white” bad guys. The bad guys are led by “student-body president Meredith, who is platinum blond, affluent, haughty and in possession of both nefarious plans to rule the school and a pampered pooch named (ahem) Paris.”
On the other hand, the Bratz “are the urban poly-hues of a Benetton ad”: one “lily-white,” one African-American, one Asian, and one Latino (played by the daughter of an Australian Jew and a Spanish Catholic). So there is a Jewish theme as well: “The loopy vision of a Jewish grandmother who, with no explanation, has a mariachi band strumming away and munching on bagels in her kitchen.“The driving force behind Bratz is Avi Arad, an Israeli-American who is very big on diversity, at least for America: “The first thing I saw in them was diversity.” ... “I really liked the idea that they had a Latino girl, an Asian girl, an African American girl and a lily-white kid. They show that your color is not going to set up your path in life. And I think that works because, among kids, it’s becoming more and more of ‘one world for a change.’”
All of the non-white characters look about as white as possible while nevertheless retaining distinctive racial characteristics. This doubtless makes the characters more attractive to white girls who constitute the core audience for the movie. After all, it’s natural to be attracted to those like yourself (part of the deep structure of Philippe Rushton’s Genetic Similarity Theory)— even when the ingroup crosses racial lines. Having a dark-skinned Muslim character dressed in a Burkha would definitely ruin the aura.
And on related note: “Miss Bimbo,” a new internet game, aimed at girls aged 9 to 16…
Miss Bimbo website promotes extreme diets and surgery to 9-year-olds
The internet game, aimed at girls aged 9 to 16, gives users ‘bimbo dollars’ to buy lingerie, diet pills and nightclub outfits. It has attracted 200,000 UK members
A website that encourages girls as young as 9 to embrace plastic surgery and extreme dieting in the search for the perfect figure was condemned as lethal by parents’ groups and healthcare experts yesterday.
The Miss Bimbo internet game has attracted prepubescent girls who are told to buy their virtual characters breast enlargement surgery and to keep them “waif thin” with diet pills.
Healthcare professionals, a parents’ group and an organisation representing people suffering anorexia and bulimia criticised the website for sending a dangerous message to impressionable children.