it's my birthday and I should be doing something else with my time but I have a rant, regarding this:
and of course THIS:disturbingly sexist article about something that should just bring more diversity to the doll world
As some people may have seen the Bratz dolls from our wee years have been all over twitter and the internet this week because someone in Tasmania gave the dolls make-unders. This woman has been praised for 'desexualizing' the dolls and turning them into little innocent forest children, instead of bad influences.
|the little angles... are a bit obtuse to me|
The article, notice, only puts up the most tantalizing photos, such as this:
Well, what about all the other options? 70s look fine to me. Though I didn't mind the 80s either.
1. What's wrong with options?
As someone who likes to put on make up most days, it's rude and dumb to make snap judgements about intelligence based on their outer appearance.
People have been saying these dolls have 'inner beauty' because they look 'natural.'
|she wants your soul.|
2. De-sexualization? Really?
|Girls can be cowboys too. Er, cowgirls.|
I think my biggest problem with the desexualization fight is the ignorant question of who is sexualizing these dolls. Speaking from the perspective of someone who played with said dolls at a young age, I don't think I eroticized them in the same way that adults do. The bold colors and patterns of the clothes may have stimulated emulation but it was because the aesthetic was interesting, vivid, and not constantly 'pretty in pink.'
|Some of these collections are really freakin' cool. A Masquerade collection? Sign me up!|
|These dolls are seriously cool - Rocker dolls for the non-traditional set|
3.Just Look at this Diversity
|two white girls and they ain't taking center stage.|
Can we quickly discuss how diverse Bratz dolls were for their time? Even now they lead the doll market as far as diversity is concerned with tons of varying race, ethnicity and even social groups represented. They have no single 'token' person of color doll but many who are given equal weight in advertising.
4. BUT BRATZ DONT HAVE CAREERZ
|I think yes. Your look doesn't define your intelligence. They're teens, they should dress funky and figure out their careers later!|
One of the biggest butt-hurts people have had with the franchise is that the bratz dolls don't promote any type of non-traditionally-feminine interest. I wonder though, does Barbie, who has a wide array of forms and jobs, actually promote play within those ranges? When I was a child, I would choose the coolest looking bratz or Barbie doll and, regardless of clothing, made them paleontologists, veterinarians, marine biologists myself. The commercials may show bratz dolls going on trips to the mall for fashion, but mine was most certainly a prosthetic limb engineer.
And if you actually look at all the doll lines, you'll notice a lot of them do have jobs:
|Fighting Crime is legit work|
|As are all of these - Like, you can be funky and hot and beautiful and have a job - and all of these are legitimate jobs so take that society.|
|Musician is a job|
|Heck, this one is even a pirate! She got the booty AND the BOOTY|
Long and the short, I'm not saying the refurbished dolls are bad or stupid, but I do think they are an alternative option that should be available without vilifying the dolls already out there. The girls and boys who play with them should not be scolded for enjoying a vibrant aesthetic or praised for preferring a woodsy one. Just get the kid the doll they'll like, and as long as you don't see signs of anorexia as a result, let it be. Adults, please stop sexualizing your children's toys. That's what you have your own for.
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