go to http://surcie.typepad.com/surcie/ and read a great post titled "Barbie, Bratz, and Bling (I Blame Paris Hilton)" It's second one down. It's soooo good! I hate those dolls and what they represent to girls.
You guys KNOW what a freak I am about security and safety of children. I think encouraging our daughters to dress like this is criminal. True, no one holds a gun to a Mom's head and MAKES her buy one, but the advertising of these products is relentless.
A few months ago, Micaela (who just turned 6) was invited to a Bratz party. The invitation clearly stated, "Wear your Bratz clothing, bring your doll and get ready to "get down and get nasty".....These girls do not have their own money. It's Moms who BUY THIS CRAP for them and I will not be one of them. I was "gentle" when I called in my daughter's RSVP and when she asked me why, I told her why. I was respectful but very firm..You know what she said to me, "Oh Suzanne, loosen up....." Her daughter is a sweet girl and it makes me sad that she's going to think it's okay to dress like that, act like that and BE like that.
You might be thinking, "it's just a doll!!!" but it's more than that. Even if it were just the doll, isn't that enough? These dolls are slutty, skanky and wholly improper. Would you want your daughter dressed like that?
Okay, I gotta stop writing and go have a cup of tea...I get WAY too worked up about this stuff. But it matters. It matters to me.