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BRATZ Appeal?

By Jackie Burrell
Wednesday, March 26th, 2008 at 12:29 pm in Kids & Tweens.

Bratz doll Those pouty-lipped, fishnet-stockinged Bratz dolls are no strangers to controversy, so when Parenting Magazine asked moms to weigh in on whether dolls have gotten too sexy, we weren’t completely surprised to see Bratz take some heat. It was the quantity of heat that was striking – some 82 percent gave an emphatic yes and added such comments as “Parents should ask, ‘Do we want our children to start dressing like this?’ Because allowing them to have toys like this says that it’s OK.” On the other side, one mother said, “It’s not that I don’t wince when I see dolls like Bratz, but if you think the toy your kid plays with will make her promiscuous later, you might want to think more deeply about the issue.” Another asked where the outrage was over overly macho boy dolls. What do you think? Take a sec and click a side, or hit “comments” and weigh in at length.

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2 Responses to “BRATZ Appeal?”

  1. Berleen Hollenkamp Says:

    Personally, I just think they are ugly dolls with big heads and I don’t see the attraction to them. But, of course, my 2 daughters (11 & 13) are obsessed with them and have been for quite some time. I’ve never gotten the impression that either one of them wanted to dress like a Bratz doll or any other doll. I don’t quite see where the idea comes from that our kids want to dress like a doll… but, then again, maybe my girls are just not of the norm, I don’t know.

  2. Amber Says:

    Personally, I would never buy a Bratz doll for my child. There are so many other great toys, or books out there, why would you put your money into something so rediculous? The dolls remind me of the ads for sketchers that distort a real woman’s body, and put a giant cartoon-like head on-top. When I was a little girl, I played hospital, school, and dance-class with realistic, child-like dolls. They wore baby or kid doll clothes, not clubbing clothes, and the only make-up they had would be the nail-polish I remember putting on one of them. Although expensive, I always thought the American Girl Dolls were a really quality investment for a little girl who really appreciates a doll. They are realistic, come in many ethnicities, and look like children. Plus, the original dolls come with a wholesome, but interesting book to match. They are characters that represent a specific time period and part of the world.

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