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Bratz Dolls are Slutty and a Poor Example for Little Girls

Updated on August 30, 2017

The Debate about Bratz Dolls

Bratz Dolls are Slutty and a Poor Example for Little Girls

Is this what we really want our little girls playing with? Fishnet Stockings, fitted leather jumpsuits, and thongs? Dolls who are marketed sitting like pinups? Oh, even their name annoys me!

I am fearful of what these girls will grow up be. They have been taught that this is the norm.

LET'S HEAR FROM YOU - What is YOUR opinion of Bratz dolls?

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Bratz Dolls are Slutty and a Poor Example for Little Girls

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Bratz dolls come dressed in sexualized clothing such as miniskirts, fishnet stockings, and feather boas. Although these dolls may present no more sexualization of girls or women than is seen in MTV videos, it is worrisome when dolls designed specifically for 4- to 8-year-olds are associated with an objectified adult sexuality.

- APA Task Force on the Sexualization of Girls, Report of the APA Task Force on the Sexualization of Girls

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Although this movie did serve to tone down the sexy nature of the Bratz Dolls (In an effort, I imagine, to keep a lower rating), the movie still is a part of this sexy Bratz brand. I also read that a designer from the movie (Jeffrey, from Project Runway) was fired after saying Bratz were "Slutty" in an interview.

 

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    • Spiderlily321 profile image

      Spiderlily321 5 years ago

      Nice lens. I personally don't think that these dolls really influence children so much, but if a parent really have a problem with them, then they just shouldn't buy the doll for their kids.

      Thanks for sharing this.

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      microfarmproject 5 years ago

      I didn't let my girls play with these dolls when they were little. Thanks for highlighting the debate.

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      Synergise2011 LM 5 years ago

      There is a great debate going on in this page. I always thought these things looked weird with their large heads rather than slutty. I'd be interested to know if the same people who dislike Bratz also dislike Barbie?

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      You may be starting a whole revolution!

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      Sunflower Susan 6 years ago

      This is a lively lens! I like other dolls better.

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      Ramona 6 years ago from Arkansas

      Nice Lens, good debate. In my opinion, I don't see anything wrong with the dolls, they are just that. my 2 grand daughters each had some and lovde the glitz and glitter, like most girls do. Now they have moved on to something else.The Bratz Dolls are just that, DOLLS!

      I think if a parent has a problem with those dolls, Dont buy them.

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      bechand 6 years ago

      was anyone in the "no" category over the age of 15? or the parent of such kid justifying their purchases to themselves? ??? seriously? LOL

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      1st let me say that it's great to finally see a place for BOTH parties to state their opinions on the matter. I'm a huge Bratz fan (and an expert on all things Bratz), and I have been since they launched when I was only 6(I'm now 14 and still loving these beautiful dolls)! So I can say from first-hand-experience growing up with these dolls, and years of playtime with them and my friends, that they really do not set any examples for children. None of my friends have turned into "sluts", even though they were once obsessed with the dolls. Heck, they don't even dress like the dolls!(Not that the dolls were ever ACTUALLY wearing anything provocative in the 1st place, despite the "thong" urban legend)

      Bratz, if anything are actually positive role-models for children to look up to. For instance, the name "Bratz" isn't about being a brat at all, it's about taking something negative that someone will say about you, and turning into something nice. Bratz are all about self-expression and staying true to yourself and your friends. Parents are really too quick to jump to conclusions about these dolls. If you've seen the movies, listened to their CDs, read their books, seen their TV series, etc. then you'd know that the Bratz are constantly promoting good values, like going against the crowd and being your own person, being honest, not judging people by their appearance/aesthetics(something most parents need to consider when bashing innocent fashion dolls) and way more (Just watch the show on YouTube, every episode ends in a lesson being taught!). There's even an episode entirely based on karma!

      Some parents believe the dolls' clothing is too "mature" for children. But is it? The dolls are wearing the same outfits that you can find at your local high school on real-life teenagers. The Bratz' outfits are actually really tame compared to some other dolls on the market right now, like Barbie and Monster High dolls. I think parents just have a hard time dealing with the fact that there is now a higher quality, multi-ethnic(There's a Bratz doll for EVERYBODY!), more realistically dressed alternative to Barbie dolls that they grew up with, so naturally they rebel.

      I do think parents need to take some responsibility for their children. If their child makes bad choices in life, it is the parent's fault, not inanimate 9 inch fashion dolls, who despite popular belief, don't actually influence or send any "messages" to children. So parents, your homework tonight is to actually do some homework on the brand before you rant about it "corrupting your child".

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      Linda Jo Martin 7 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

      I've never heard of them before (yes, I live in a bubble) but... I don't see how they are any worse than Barbie dolls, and we've had those for about fifty years. I know, because I played with Barbies not long after they were first marketed when I was a child. The same debate has raged about them, for years.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      The Bratz are not ideal for girls from an early age, the dolls are made for teenagers and adults, but neither girl will take expectations of a product with much estanding. The Bratz are and will, as they indicate "passion for fashion" in addition to these things who have to worry that their children are not secured on the wrist is not to buy.

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      Jennifer Einstein 7 years ago from New York City

      Jewei - I'm wondering where your 3 out of 4 statistic is coming from. That seems awfully high to me and I hope that you are wrong.

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      JewelRiver 7 years ago

      I think this is a very intriguing debate and it calls attention to the negative impact that society has on women. We are living in a world where in America 3 out of 4 women at some point in their lives will be the victim of violence and most often it is by men. I think Bratz dolls lower the self esteem and respect level and I would not allow my children to play with them in this sexist violent world

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      Rhonda Albom 8 years ago from New Zealand

      Great debate. It was really interesting to read the other side of the debate, as I have been flat dead against them since the first time I heard their name. It only got worse when I saw one. This monkeybrain blessed by an angel.

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      Deb Kingsbury 8 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

      Since I don't have kids and many of my friends don't, I've never actually seen these dolls. Looks like you have a good debate going on up there, with valid points on either side. Me, I do kinda think the clothes are a bit on the slut-ish side, and I wouldn't be too thrilled if I had a young daughter who was dressing like the dolls. But I really have no idea how influential dolls like this are. Obviously, most young kids who'd play with these have to rely on parents to buy their clothing, so I wouldn't think most parents would give in to their ten year-old buying fishnets.

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      bgamall lm 8 years ago

      They may be age appropriate for older children, so maybe the parents are the final decisionmakers, not some boneheaded psychologist who has been divorced 40 times.

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      gia combs-ramirez 8 years ago from Montana

      Why are you selling Bratz products if you are against them? This is exactly the double message that our kids get. They follow our actions more than our words.

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      mompowereddreams 9 years ago

      Maybe They Don't Seem Harmful To Little Girls As Little Girls, But Subconsciously They Will And Parents Will Notice The Negative Effect As Their Daughter Grows Older. Also Agree With Theresa Markham About The Attitude Of Bratz. But Its The Whole Picture And Why Parents (And I AM A Parent) Really Need To Think Consciously About The Toys We Let Our Kids Play With In General As A Whole And Not Just Bratz Dolls.

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      blondeheroine 9 years ago

      And to add a p.s. to my comment above, fantastic idea for a debate. No matter what the naysayers say. The fact that you've got them all hopping mad is proof that this debate is a success. 5*

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      FretTube 9 years ago

      HooRaaa-Arend-Jan, That's what I say! The toys are only an extension of our selves.

      If the parents are that worried about the toys,

      maybe they should look into changing their own lives as well?

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      TheresaMarkham 9 years ago

      I care more about the name, "Bratz" than the dresscode of these things. Having "Bratz" stuff around leads to "Bratty" attitudes - and in life, attitude, centeredness, balance, and healthy self-esteem is everything! IALAC All the Best, Theresa

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      BruceBeerdrinke1 9 years ago

      LOL capitalism at it's finest, a debate about how Bratz are bad, but here at the bottom a link to Ebay auctions selling Bratz stuff.