According to the book Forever Barbie by M.G. Lord, if Barbie were human-sized, she would stand 5 feet 6 inches tall, weigh 110 pounds, have a 39-inch bust line, an 18-inch waist, 33-inch hips, and her feet would only fit into high heels. Personally, I think the Bratz dolls are much more offensive. I don’t think of myself as uber conservative, but those dolls are not allowed in our house. I read somewhere that if a Bratz doll was human-sized, her head would weigh 100 pounds, her breasts would be size 40GG, and she would have a 12-inch waist. The measurements of both dolls are so unrealistic. I wish the proportions of dolls were more true to real life, but at the moment, I’m a more concerned about the risqué clothing, make up, pumped up lips, and personas the Bratz Dolls are conveying.
The Bratz dolls are wearing ten pounds of make up and such skimpy clothing that they look like prostitutes. I am confused why these dolls are selling and why parents are allowing their girls to play with them. At least Barbie has an education, career, and has broken glass ceilings. She has been a veterinarian, lawyer, doctor, mom, astronaut, sister, teacher, etc. There is no telling Barbie, “girls can’t do that”, and there are some non-sexual clothing options available for her.
Bratz are catty and gossipy, and their message is quite negative. Some moms say that they use the Bratz dolls as learning opportunities to discuss what is inappropriate. Okay—Do you have to buy one to do that? No, point it out in Target and talk about how promiscuous clothing and loads of make up are not appropriate—don’t feed into the MGA Entertainment money-making machine and sexualization of girls. Buying the dolls sends the message that we, consumers, want more of that kind of product and branding.
Have you viewed the Bratz show? It’s an insult to girls’ intelligence and sends a bad message. Here is a clip of what some young girls are watching today:
Growing up, I wasn’t interested in Barbie dolls. When I received one as a gift, I would cut its hair, cast it aside, and run outside to play. I know some girls love dolls and who am I to say they should not be allowed to have dolls, and that’s not what I’m saying at all. In fact, although my oldest daughter has had no interest in dolls, my youngest daughter LOVES them! What I am saying is lets pick dolls and outfits that are more natural and age appropriate looking. I do like the American Girl Dolls, but unfortunately, they cost $100 each. What I really wish is that there was an affordable line of dolls available, which display a variety of body shapes, ethnicities, and clothes that are not sexed up and that promote positive body image, self-esteem, intelligence, and diversity. Manufacturers’ will make them if enough people stop buying the sexualized dolls.
Sorry if I’ve offended anyone, but I feel passionate about this topic. Every time I see one of those Bratz dolls in Target or see another oversexed outfit, I feel ill. I feel sick because the message they are sending to our very young girls is that if you want to be cool, pretty, successful, and have boys like you, then you need to dress “sexy”, wear a lot of make up, be spiteful, and act unintelligent. This really isn’t about Barbie vs. Bratz. It’s about both the direct and indirect messages we are sending to our young girls with the merchandise that we buy and allow in our homes.
What do you think?