I have a niece that on every special occasion she somehow or another always received a Bratz doll for a present from my in-laws. I always said to my husband, if we have a daughter I really don’t want her to receive those kinds of dolls.
I absolutely don’t like what they represent. I was brought up with Barbie’s. Yes, they too are very physically endowed, but they are not as sexually appealing as a Bratz’s doll.
Now I know what you are thinking, well they are young and children don’t understand the perception of what they exemplify, but as parents, it is our responsibility to maintain guidance, and as far as I am concerned they suggest sexuality. Why do we want to pre-condition our children, our young girls to be sexual beings. We don’t allow our daughters to watch shows with prostitutes. They don’t depict what we want for our children. Why do some parents not allow their young boys to play with toy guns? Because they are impressionable. And we don’t want them thinking that guns are toys.
Look how Bratz dolls are dressed, like bimbo’s, short skirts, halter tops, tall hooker boots, (not that tall boots represents hookers) and make-up that is sufficient for a doll army.
I know that when I was a young girl playing with my Barbie I would envision myself to be Barbie and dance with my Ken in the beautiful gowns that she had.
Well how do we as parents not think that our young impressionable children aren’t thinking the same thing. I know that my daughter said that she couldn’t wait to wear make-up like the Bratz doll. That’s great, pre-conditioning. It’s our responsibility to protect our children from the world. They will be grown-ups in no time. Why are we rushing this process, their minds are so susceptible.
So it came to that point that my daughter received a Bratz doll from the in-laws, two in fact. They know that I don’t like what they represent and yet still with no respect got her the only thing that I don’t want my daughter to have. So with that I had to tell my daughter that the dolls were not dressed like ladies and that dolls are wonderful, but some dolls are for older girls. At least that way they can understand right from wrong a bit more.
I know that some mothers out there are probably thinking that I have over analyzed this situation, but as my daughter’s mother I have to do what I think is the best for MY daughter. And to me Bratz dolls are not positive stimulation.
Do you have a toy that you don’t like? Or views on my feelings?