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Doll shelves are brimming with sex and glitz, as the latest lineup of 10-inch tarts strut their stuff into the hearts of girls everywhere. Mattel's slinky "My Scene" collection has ramped up the glam for the holidays with its "Fab Faces" dolls, mini-minxes with pliable mugs (Make them pout!) that come with boas, tiaras and accessories "no diva can live without."

http://blogs.usatoday.com/oped/2006/12/dolls_lose_thei.html

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I had to look up these "Fab Faces" dolls because I was envisioning some cross between Barbie and Mr. Potato Head. I was wrong, apparently you push a button and their face changes. I still don't understand how that works, but I'm not sure I want to. Those dolls look like street walkers.

Dolls based on the Pussycat Dolls (planned and then scrapped by Hasbro)? Just...wow. I'm actually a teensy bit disappointed that those won't exist because I'm trying to do gender issues in children's media for my senior project, and those would have been perfect.

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quote:
Originally posted by Strawberry Limeade:
I'm trying to do gender issues in children's media for my senior project, and those would have been perfect.

You could just use Bratz instead. Better yet, Bratz Babiez (not sure if it's spelled like that, but probably).

We had a group of three thirteen or fourteen year old girls that came to our door to trick or treat this year. When I first saw them, I could only think their costumes were meant to be prostitutes, seriously. They were wearing embroidered bustiers, daisy dukes or mini skirts, fishnets, and high heels. I was afraid to ask, because I knew what would come out of my mouth was "what are you whores?"

It wasn't until the next day it finally occurred to me they might be trying to be Bratz.

ETA: Every time I start to think those types of toys are the end of western civilization as we know it, I have an embarrassing flashback of pretty much every time my female cousins, sister, and I were given balloons small enough to fit in our shirts when we were little girls. Walking around with two stuffed up there, with the knots placed just so, chest puffed out, saying "Look, I'm Dolly Parton!"

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Astra
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I remember seeing some of the Bratz costumes in stores and found them pretty repulsive. Then again, I don't get the whole "diva/slut/princess" image that seems to be overwhelming toys and clothing for young girls right now either.

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Troberg
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Reminds me about a news item in Swedish TV news about a new series of Barbie-like dolls (I think it was in Australia, but my memory may be wrong. Australian snopsters, run to the toy stores and check under the skirt of all the dolls immediately!) that had pubic hair and authentically coloured nipples. It was still a kids toy, the idea was to give kids a realistic view of the human body. I think it also had more realistic proportions.

Enough background, the kicker was after the item was shown and the female news anchor said (my translation and quoting from memory): "When I was young, we didn't need to buy dolls like that, we did it ourself with marker pens.".

I found that so refreshing. Not that she admitted to doing it, few would react to that in Sweden, but that it so neatly displayed the difference between how kids see things and how adults think that kids see things. Adults were afraid that kids would find out something that would scar them horribly for life or something like that, while the kids have already passed them and are actually leading the race, having created that product by themselves long before the toy company figured it out.

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Feral Cheryl perhaps?

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Troberg
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Feral Cheryl perhaps?
Perhaps. It was something like that, but I think there were several different models. My memory is blurry, it was the comment that stuck in my head.

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Feral Cheryl enjoys "baking bread or unusual cookies." Hmmmm. Considering that she's also commonly found:

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local market, her dreadlocks tied back, belly button bared, dancing to the drummers in her bare feet
I think I know what those cookies may be made out of.

The first thing I thought of when I saw the thread title was this.

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Amigone201
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I'm a little disturbed by the top comment on the page. Here's what Chris Snyder said:
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I find it ironic that your POST A COMMENT section about the sexually explicit dolls in our society allows a 13 year old to even comment on the issue. I guess 13 year olds should be allowed to give opinions about sex. Scary!!!!!
I think what he's trying to say is that if 13-year-olds are reading USA Today, and they have an opinion about what they read, they shouldn't be allowed to post it. This will then make them get rid of their opinion and keep them pure. [Roll Eyes]

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Didnt the Barbie doll start off as a novelty item for adults, a doll that was supposed to be a hooker?
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http://www.journalfen.net/community/fandom_wank/1034600.html

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quote:
Originally posted by daveyp:
Didnt the Barbie doll start off as a novelty item for adults, a doll that was supposed to be a hooker?

No. You may be thinking of the original German doll, called Lili (I think) that Ruth Handler got the idea of Barbie from - but Barbie herself was always intended to be a fashion doll for little girls.

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Clarity
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quote:
Originally posted by mags:
We had a group of three thirteen or fourteen year old girls that came to our door to trick or treat this year. When I first saw them, I could only think their costumes were meant to be prostitutes, seriously. They were wearing embroidered bustiers, daisy dukes or mini skirts, fishnets, and high heels. I was afraid to ask, because I knew what would come out of my mouth was "what are you whores?"

It wasn't until the next day it finally occurred to me they might be trying to be Bratz.

ETA: Every time I start to think those types of toys are the end of western civilization as we know it, I have an embarrassing flashback of pretty much every time my female cousins, sister, and I were given balloons small enough to fit in our shirts when we were little girls. Walking around with two stuffed up there, with the knots placed just so, chest puffed out, saying "Look, I'm Dolly Parton!"

Yeah, I've done that too. I've seen a picture of my stepbrother dressed up as Dolly when he was about three, also. [lol]
Regarding Bratz costumes.. if they were about thirteen or fourteen, they might have actually been dressed as hookers. Fourteen is a little old for Bratz, they're marketed to the under-ten crowd, bizarre as they are. I remember some girls at my middle school came to school on Halloween dressed like that, and when I asked them what they were, two of them said "rock star" and the rest said "hookers, of course." Like it was obvious. I'm assuming their parents let them do it, because they drove them to school like that. (No one at my school rode the bus if they could help it. Spoiled rotten kids, most of them. I got sick of it and left the district after seventh grade.) [flame]

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Troberg
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Didnt the Barbie doll start off as a novelty item for adults, a doll that was supposed to be a hooker?
Given that Barbie is named after the her creator's daughter, that would indicate a serious effed up mother - daughter relationship.

On the other hand, Ken is named after her son, so something wierd is going on in that family...

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Clarity, I actually know lots of women around my age (20) that have a few Bratz dolls on because they're "cute", so it wouldn't surprize me if they actually were Bratz dolls. But you're right, they're just as likely to be hookers... I, uh... was *not* a devil hooker in 9th grade... nope...

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