Thursday, December 4, 2008

Buh Bye Bratz!

I am bound to piss off someone’s mother today but can I tell you how pleased I am that MGA has been told to stop making Bratz dolls?

No more Bratz Dolls will be sold after 2008!

Personally I don’t give a damn about Mattell, Barbie, Carter Bryant (who sounds like a sleaze) or MGA. What I do care about is your daughter growing up to be a hootchie and dating my sons. And yea I really do think these dolls encourage very hootchie like girls.
I even have examples!

That is a dress. It is a whole outfit. That doll is completely dressed about to go out and be a really well behaved good girl with good grades and a bright future. As a hooker. The purple lipstick really completes the look.

Baby Bratz… BABY Bratz. The toddler has make up on and it dressed like a 22 year old about to get her drink on. If she were 22 that would be just fine, but she’s 2. And wearing combat boots and a mini skirt. Because 2 year olds want to be sexy too. Love the eyeliner.
-cry- The shoes. If those shoes were in my size they would have six inch heels. They are the length of the dolls hands.. my hand is six inches from palm to middle fingertip. My feet (Yes I just measured) Are only 8 inches long! These dolls are marketed to your 7 year old. Why can’t she still be wearing keds and patent leather? Doll 1 form the left is not so bad to be honest. Sadly she has obviously been hit in the face with a baseball bat at her last frat party sp that her lips are permantly swollen but she is decently dressed. Doll 2 is apparently trying to make her gynecologist’s job easier, who needs a paper gown when you’re already flashing your cooter at the world? It just goes on from there.. too much make up, too little clothing, too extreme styles for children dolls. It is not the clothes and make up itself though. They are styles and colors I might wear and therein lays the problem. I am a grown woman, little girls do not want to dress like me (Unless they are incredibly precocious little dears!) but they do want to be like their dolls.

Suddenly Barbie seems like nun. I played with Barbie, My little Pony and something called Star Faries.

I had a blue plastic castle.

When I was 8 my father drove down here form New York and bought me this, then go drunk, yelled at my mom and drove away. A few weeks later my star Fairy castle disappeared. I was smart enough to not ask about it.
Disclaimer.. I am aware that responsible parenting can make toys such as Hootchie Mama Dolls acceptable but how many irresponsible parents have you come across in your time? Exactly.
Sidenote.. can you still even buy Keds tennis? Remember Jelly shoes? I grew Up in Jarvis Heights, back them there was a brook running though it and Scott’s tower only smelled like pee a few times a year. Chamura pool was a quarter to get into but they let us poor kids in for free anyway. I think childhood in Holyoke is another days post.
What was your favorite toy growing up?


HeisRN said...

flashing your cooter?
That's a name I haven't heard.

My favorite toy? Erector sets. You could make anything with them. I looked at one the other day in the store - all premade parts that had to be put together in certain ways. Where is the imagination in that??????

bugink said...

Ok, so maybe we should horde all the Bratz dolls still on the store shelves and make some cash once they become valuable on Ebay?

I am kind of glad they are being killed off, but something just as stomach turning will take their place I am sure. My daughters (4 and 7)play with them. I did not encourage it in the beginning, but then they received a big bag of hand-me-down toys from a friend's little sister and there were about half a dozen Bratz dolls and accessories (including tiny plastic wine and martini glasses..huh?) in the mix. I made it very clear to the girls that I thought the dolls were freaky and pointed out that they do not resemble human beings ( I actually think they are aliens - look at the shape of their eyes and head....). But of course that did not stop "playing Bratz" from becoming a popular thing to do in our house.

The kind of playing the girls engage in with the dolls is very much modeled after their own lives or exciting fantasy versions of what they would like their lives to be. The Bratz at our house go to school, have swimming lessons in the tub, rescue animals...and argue and fight just like sisters. So it seems as though the Bratz are not hoochifying my daughters, but my girls are actually using their imagination to make the Bratz reflect their own identities as little girls.

With all that being said, I still don't like the things. I hate the tiny plastic earrings that fall out and get lost in the carpet, I hate their rubbery flesh and the clothing that is so tight even I have a hard time getting it on their bodies. I hate the fact that they do not have noses and that their feet screw on and off - they can never go barefoot. And why are 'little sister Chloe's' calves thicker than her thighs?
BUT, I must say that they do have nice hair, much thicker and more manageable than Barbie and sometimes I just cannot keep my hands off it.

VanDog said...

LOL! Very Nice!

I obsessed over Legos as a kid, played with those things for years.

Alexander said...

Bratz are not hoochifying the children, we are. Our entire society is youth obsessed, the younger the better. And dressing like a tween hooker is not popular because of bratz, its popular because its scandalous, and titillating, and that's what Americans thrive on. the only way you can stop tween hoochification is if every mother hoochifies herself. If children see their mothers hoochified, that will be the end of it.

Dress the way you pray you're children won't and pretend you think its the coolest thing in the world. Problem solved.

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