Sexy baby dolls
As dolls and children’s clothing get sexier, should we be getting more worried?
dress me up pretty (iStockphoto.com)
A recent Dora
debate about one of Mattel Inc's most prized poppie
products is raging between the moms of America. The little Latina rolemodel, Dora the explorer, has gone from being a chubby cherub to a mod middle schooler in Mattel's hope to hold onto their growing (up) clientele.
HispanicBusiness.com are describing the little chica's change as a Bratz style makeover
. While some moms are fine with the change, others feel the new look is more sexy than grown up and not in the best interests of their impressionable young daughters. They're baying for the return of the original. The new fashion flashed Dora is a spunky tween who wears a pink tunic, purple leggings and ballet pumps. But when comparing her to the pleather wearing Bratz dolls, though, we may see there is bigger flash to buy.
The Bratz products have infiltrated the South African market with phenomenal speed and aggression. It could be that the multicultural mix of girly figurines are perfect for our Rainbow Nation. It could be that the South African action model market is long overdue for some trendy teeny-bopper idols. Or, and this may be it: the mindset that our little girls are getting drummed into them that it's cool to be sexy is finally hitting home. While the American parents are starting a petition
to stop the sexyfying of the characters their little girls identify with, South African caregivers are still carrying home high heels and high hemlines to make their little girls look 'cute' and ougat
Preschoolers parade in bikinis on our beaches and wear leggings and high heeled shoes to the malls. Retailers are providing warehouses full of smaller sized adult clothing for kids. High heels, bikinis, mini skirts and tight denims all come in sizes ranging from teen to toddler. Is it time that we as a nation face up to fact that we're letting our little girls down by teaching them mode above morality? Perhaps girls were better off when they played Doctor instead of dress-up.
In a nation where the leading political party's President has gone on record saying that wearing a kanga
is an invitation to sex, there must be a better reason than trend to support an industry that encourages tight and teeny clothing on young girls. Should South African parents be teaching girls to idolise miniskirt-wearing miniatures? And what about their own apparel?