• Fri, May 26 2006

Bratz Dolls vs. Pussycat Dolls

Lil' Bratz Rock Starz 4 Doll Gift SetLast month, I was looking for a birthday gift for a classmate of my son’s who’s going to be turning four. Noticing how much the other girls in the class love dolls, I decided to get her a doll. It was pretty tough trying to find a doll that was sweet and innocent instead of those slightly inappropriate, but extremely popular Bratz dolls. Considering how much “skin” the Bratz dolls show and the make-up and other bling they sport, I couldn’t believe that Hasbro decided Pussycat Dolls would be over the top.

From The Christian Science Monitor:

On Monday the charges flew: They were called little “stripper dolls” that encourage children to “engage in eroticized play.”

By Wednesday, Hasbro’s planned release of “The Pussycat Dolls,” a line of toys based on the all-female pop group of the same name, was canceled.


Disney Little Princess 12I decided on a Disney Little Princess 12″ Soft & Sweet: Cinderella and accompanying book. This is the kind of doll I feel comfortable buying for little girls.

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  • http://lovelydavis.blogspot.com Mrs. Davis

    I can’t stand those Bratz. Interesting about the Hasbro dolls – hadn’t heard about them.

    Came across your blog through BE and love it! Adding you to my blogroll.

  • http://www.playlibrary.com Hsien-Hsien Lei

    Mrs. Davis: Thanks for the comment! I hadn’t heard of either the rock band or the dolls. Probably the last one on the planet?! :P

    You’re on my blogroll now too! Cool moms gotta stick together.

  • http://www.tangledthread.com Deb L

    I get crabby all over again every time I’m at a store and see what’s marketed to little girls. I don’t often agree with the overly zealous sorts, but when it comes to age-appropriate toys and clothing, especially for the girls, I find myself agreeing. It’s just so trashy!!! And then when you want to find something for a girl who’s out of pre-school, but not outgrown dolls and such, there really isn’t much!!

    Times like that are when I’m a little bit glad I have no daughters.

  • http://mamaholler.blogspot.com mamaholler

    Those dolls are just terrible. Even worse are the Bling Bling Barbie dolls. I actually wrote an entire blog dedicated to them when I first saw them advertised on television. They look like little hookers and come with fake nails for 4 year olds. Of course, all parents are different and no one should tell anyone else how to parent their children, but I don’t want my daughter’s to value “Bling” and “clubs” and “cell phones” and fake nails EVER! nevermind when they’re four years old!!!!!!! OH MY!!!!!

  • http://www.babylune.com Kate

    I once heard Barbie and other dolls of her tradition, of which Bratz is one line, as part of the “let’s go shopping,” adventure training that permeates the lives of wealthy, useless women like Paris Hilton.

    Makes me want to run out an creat a line of dolls based on Harriet Tubman, Marie Curie, and Florence Nightingale.

  • http://www.playlibrary.com Hsien-Hsien Lei

    Deb: Don’t even get me started on trashy girls’ clothing. Grrr.

    mamaholler: lol Let me just add a few more exclamation marks to yours !!!!!!!!!!!!!! and then a few @#!@#@!@#@! ;)

    Kate: Lovely. hehee I swear I saw a Marie Curie doll somewhere once but I can’t find it….

  • Michelle

    My older girls (16 and 20) call them “slut dollz” LOL

  • http://www.playlibrary.com Hsien-Hsien Lei

    Michelle: Your girls are hilarious! I think a re-branding is in order. :P

  • http://www.quietfish.com/notebook andrea from the fishbowl

    I don’t like Bratz either. And until just recently my young girls were calling them “Rats” … totally by accident mind you. They misheard me one day, and well, I never bothered correcting them!

  • http://www.playlibrary.com Hsien-Hsien Lei

    andrea: haha Marketing of Bratz dolls is going wrong somewhere….

  • http://www.supernanny.com Bald Man

    Thank you for NOT purchasing those things. We’ve flipped past the cartoon a couple times, and I quickly taught Samantha that it is NOT something she is allowed to watch.

  • http://www.bratz.com annalisa

    well i think bratz are the best dolls to ever be made! they are beautiful and fun! SO THERE!!!

  • http://www.playlibrary.com Hsien-Hsien Lei

    annalisa: Awww, I’m sorry to have hurt your feelings. Of course lots of people like these dolls! I’m glad they make you happy. :)

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  • http://WWW.BRATZ.COM mercedes

    YOUR BRATZ R SO VOGURE THEY SHOULD BE TAKEN OUT OF THE STORES AND INTO DA TRASH. THAY R REALLY BAD INFLUENCES FOR KIDS

    1.THAY CURSE
    2.BAD INFLUENCES
    3.TO MUCH MAKEUP
    4.WEAR VERY BAD CLOTHING
    5.BAD GIFTS

  • http://HASBRO.COM/BRATZ KATHYZ

    YOU HAVE VERY VOGURE DOLLS. THEY ARE SO NOT GOOD TO BE ISSUED IN STORES IF U KNOW THEY R BAD INFLUENCES WE R TRYING TO KEEP R WORLD CLEAN UNLIKE YOU U R JUST MAKING KIDS TALK BAD DRESS NOT RIGHT WEAR MAKEUP AND BECOME BAD INFLUENCES .

    I HOPE HASBRO GETS SEWED!!!!!!!!!!!**
    LETS PROTEST!!!!!!!******************

  • http://www.thriftymommy.com Karen

    Yes, I’d agree that these dolls are very inappropriate. I really hope I don’t have to deal with someone buying these for my daughter.

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  • cecil

    they are scary and since the barbie dollz ere not selling as much as th bratz dolls they started making them sluty so they would sell whowould like a doll with an oversized head and way overdone makeup for their kid?

  • America’s Future

    I’m notifying to all parents that America’s top selling doll ( Barbie ) has been recently seen a rash of recalls due, to the contamination of lead which can cause a hazard for children.

  • Taylor

    Seriously? Why are all these whiny parents crying over a few dolls? My daughter has millions of Bratz and does not wear makeup, have boyfriends, or wear risque clothing. If you are going to blame your kid’s behavior on DOLLS, think again. PARENTS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE WAY THEIR CHILDREN ACT.