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To NOT want my daughter to have BRATZ doll given to her for her 6th birthday

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chocolatekimmy · 16/05/2007 13:29

She was given a Bratz Spring Break doll on Satuday but I don't want her to have it. A few people had asked for ideas for presents and I said anything girly but not Bratz or make up please. That was fine but another friend wouldn't have known about my concerns - hence the doll.

What gets me is that on the back it says

"FLIRTY FUN! Heads turn as you cruise the sand in the newest beachwear - its soft sweet and irresistible"

I just don't think its appropriate for a 6 year old at all - its all to do with the sexualising of young children. I don't even want to explain what the word flirty means. Needless to say the outfit is tarty, a see through mesh belt - I mean skirt - and tiny boob tube type thing. I also don't want to get into the detail of why I don't want her to have it.

I am thinking of offering her £10 in exchange so she can go and choose something else herself - what would you do?

Lastly, what if the mum asks me or her if she liked her present?

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donnie · 16/05/2007 14:41

I beg to differ corndoll. Firstly, they DO resemble lap dancers in pretty much every way, apart from the weird bulging eyes. Secondly the 'demand supply' argument is totally specious - you could say the same about fags or child porn - if people didn't like it it wouldn't sell.

Face it, Bratz look liKe little tarts with bulging eyes!

donnie · 16/05/2007 14:41

oops sorry cornSILK!!!!

oliveoil · 16/05/2007 14:45

I think it was Bratz that did an advert and it had a hand with lots of rings on and the voice over was "get off my bling girlfriend" or something equally hideous

Hulababy · 16/05/2007 14:47

"wind up lap dancer"

You'll be giving the makers of Bratz ideas! I can see it as next year's big Christmas hit already

donnie · 16/05/2007 14:50

in a g string....

Hulababy · 16/05/2007 14:51

It could come with a boy Bratz doll too - so the actual lap dance could be acted out. Nice!

donnie · 16/05/2007 14:52

I prefer some girl on girl action meself....!!

UnquietDad · 16/05/2007 14:53

I agree.
Bratz are crack whore dolls.

lolamummy · 16/05/2007 14:55

My dd has loads of Barbie dolls and last night she was pushing them around in her Barbie cars. At least the dolls were dressed this time.

I'm waiting til the Pippa dolls come back again - I loved mine and at least they fit into a pocket easier than a Barbie .

donnie · 16/05/2007 14:56

well said dad!!

cornsilk · 16/05/2007 14:57

In the toy world the bratz are the cool, cliquey 'it' girls and all the other dolls are jealous of them. Especially barbie.

WigWamBam · 16/05/2007 14:57

Being crack whore dolls would be a huge problem if the six year old who was playing with them knew what a crack whore was.

As they don't, they just play with them as they would any other doll. They pull their legs off, tangle their hair, apply biro to their faces, take their clothes off, shove them into drawers and forget about them.

There are more important things to be worrying about.

UnquietDad · 16/05/2007 15:04

Bratz are the "Heathers" of the doll world and deserve execution by Christian Slater Doll and Winona Ryder Doll.

JonesTheSteam · 16/05/2007 15:04

I'm with WigWamBam.

Can't get worked up about this personally, they're just dolls at the end of the day.

And maybe they look like crack-whores/lap-dancers/prostitutes to you, but to my 6 year old they're just dolls.

madamez · 16/05/2007 15:11

The more you forbid things (especially things that are basically just chunks of plastic that the DCs will get bored with fairly soon anyway) the more allure they possess. I have't got any DDs but should DS demand a Bratz doll at any stage, he'd be let have one.

Tinkerbel5 · 16/05/2007 15:19

they are just dolls to my DD too, she got 3 different ones for her 6th birthday, she took their shoes and clothes off and put them back on, moved their legs and arms, put one on a surf board then got bored, not once did she say oh look at the big eyes/lipglossed lips/big boobies on that

SpawnChorus · 16/05/2007 15:21

UD - lol!

HuwEdwards · 16/05/2007 15:25

Don't take it personally, but I think all you lot banning/selling/losing these toys are bonkers!

it's a bit like my friend banning her boys from toy guns. They come to my house and make guns out of everything - staws, garden canes.

Eleusis · 16/05/2007 15:37

I hate Bratz. If that doll was given to my DD, it would mysterious vanish and never be seen again.

My DD (4) got a Bratz coloring set for her birthday. I considered binning it, but it only has "Bratz" on the box and inside are just normal pencils and markers so I let it slide. Had it been a doll with "sex appeal" clothes, make up, etc. it would deffo have met a swift disappearance.

Bratz and Barbie are banned from my house. Hate them both. Would rather she had a fruit shoot.

HuwEdwards · 16/05/2007 15:38

Eleusis what about Bratz versus a....


a Greggs sausage roll?

Eleusis · 16/05/2007 15:42

Greggs sausage roll would win.

HuwEdwards · 16/05/2007 15:43


Eleusis · 16/05/2007 15:44

yuk... but she can have the spam.

Of course these are not really either or scenarios. She can have neither.

binkleandflip · 16/05/2007 15:47

Nowt wrong wi' spam - never did me any harm!

Elasticwoman · 16/05/2007 16:20

I have it on good authority the DfES is thinking of using Bratz dolls as part of a campaign against bullying in schools. (I bet the manufacturers made them a tempting offer.)

Any one who has strong feelings on the matter can contact the DfES about it.

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