“Thanks for bringing over the anorexic hooker dolls, Sunny,” my friend sarcastically said to me during a dinnertime play date as we watched our 7-year-old girls play.
Not to point fingers, but my daughter was the one guilty of bringing over her small collection of Monster High dolls, Christmas gifts from her aunt and uncle. Our friend’s daughter had been sheltered from pop culture dolls such as these; she has rag dolls, sweet vintage dollies, and just one modern one, Kit, the American Girl doll. And here we are, corrupting this young child with our “anorexic hooker dolls.”
But there is a really good reason to consider sheltering any and all girls from these modern vixens made of plastic and rubber: they very well could be sending the wrong message to girls about beauty, style and appropriate body size.
There was a time when Barbie was enemy number one for parents concerned with this. But Barbie looks totally healthy compared to the Monsters High, Winx and Bratz dolls, who aren’t just incredibly skinny but wear outfits that are only seen in real life on exotic dancers and the like. “The dolls encourage girls to think about themselves as sexualized objects whose power is equated with dressing provocatively,” said Susan Linn, co-founder of the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood (CCFC).
I’ve been a lazy mom and let those Monster High dolls live in my daughter’s room, but now that I’ve been thinking about these issues more, the “anorexic stripper” dolls might just have to go “missing” from her toy chest. I would much rather embrace a doll like the American Girl dolls, a rag doll or a sweet Disney doll. Imagining her aspiring to dress like this or fantasize about the lives of these dolls freaks me out; are these the kinds of women I want her hanging out with? Check out these 10 examples of dolls that are too sexy for our little girls in stores now. Which one do you think is the worst?