I hate Bratz dolls with a passion, For years i have heard so much about how awful Barbie is and how its degrading to little girls but um dressing your kids toys like hookers is OK? Gross! DD can have as many barbies as she wants lol!
Bratz dolls are equally as bad as Barbie. Bratz dolls reinforce the increasing belief that non-white women are 'exotic sexualised creatures' who are even more willing to pander to white men's fantasies of male sexual exploitation. By claiming Bratz dolls are 'sexy' this neatly ignores how these dolls perpetuate racist, misogynstic and white men's belief white women of colour are more animalistic and less civilised than white women.
Both Barbie and Bratz dolls reinforce white patriarchal views that women are just 'sexualised commodities' and worse girls who want these dolls are influenced by them. It is no wonder some individuals call bratz dolls 'hookers' and 'sleazy' because these dolls are dressed in clothing which deliberately reinforces pornography's rampant mainstream images of women of colour. Good that Bratz dolls were ordered off the shelves but unfortunately for the wrong reasons. The term 'hooker' in itself is misogynistic because there is no comparable sexually degrading term for men because men unlike women are not defined by their sexual availablity to men.
A few decades ago it was widely perceived that 'golliwog' dolls were racist because they reinforced racists perceptions of women and men of colour. But of course the golliwog was male hence the reason for this outcry but when it comes to women being depicted as sexualised commodities within the toy industry we are told 'they are only dolls.' Toys do influence both girls and boys because they are based on rigid gender-based ideas of what supposedly comprises female and male behaviour. Take a look at the body of Barbie - her breats are enormous and yet her hips are minute - does any real woman look like this? Yet girls having this toy are subtly being encouraged to aspire to male-centered definitions of feminine behaviour, ones which will not in any way 'threaten' or challenge male power. Bratz likewise reinforces view that coloured women are 'exotic' and even more 'sexy' than white women. Meaning of course 'sexy' has nothing to do with an individual woman's sexuality but is all about adopting a pornified and degraded image in order to gain male sexual approval. I see no equality here but instead increasing female subordination.
I hate bratz. I won't allow them in my house. Im glad Lily doesnt like Barbies either. But Bratz, heeeellll no. I want my child to play with child-appropriate things. Not frickin skirt-wearing babies. Yuck.