I remember reading a shopping guide/gift suggestion blog online this past Christmas, because I needed to buy a gift for an 8-year-old girl (a generic gift, to help those families unable to provide). The woman recommended a Bratz Doll for this age bracket, because they are affordable toys and a Bratz Doll was what “every little girl wants.” Several commenters said they’d never buy their girls those dolls and why…to which the blogger/expert responded, again, “Why not? They’re cheap and it’ll make your little girl happy.” I found it vaguely disconcerting that the commenters’ concerns were brushed aside so easily.
I bought my nameless little girl an art set and various other fun, creativity inspired stuff.
Long story short, I’m not very fond of Bratz Dolls. I personally don’t think they project a very positive image for little girls – they’re heavily made up, their clothing is very…uhm, hoochie-mama, and their very name strikes me as pretty negative. If I had a little girl, I’m not entirely certain I’d be comfortable if she wanted to be just like the Bratz.
In some exciting news (and it’s not new news), Bratz will soon have their first feature film, so their influence will burst out of their cellophane and cardboard boxes right into real, live action. Go here for a trailer and other “fun” stuff. It looks harmless enough, I guess - another teen movie about cliques and “girl power.” If anything, I’d say this was all set up to be a less clever knock off of Mean Girls. Or the million and one other teen clique movies that have already been produced (goodness knows, I’ll never grow weary of watching girls fight girls and then triumph over other girls to remain BFFs in the end – while the truly bad girl gets hers).
Maybe there’ll be a positive message to the flick, who knows? I’m just grateful the girls in the lead roles were not made to look as, dare I say, inappropriately sexy as the dolls.
*Please note: this article is full of my not-so-humble opinion and I’d like every Bratz Doll removed off store shelves.