February 20, 2007, - 3:30 pm

It’s Official: Psychologists Say Bratz Dolls Make Your Daughters Sluts

By Debbie Schlussel
Give your daughter a doll that looks like a ho, and there’s a good chance she’ll act like one. Duh.
But at least now the American Psychological Association agrees. It issued a report that, among other things, points the finger at the Bratz dolls for the increasing sluttiness among American girls at younger and younger ages.
I don’t agree with a great deal of the report that seems to attack boys and men and support too much feminism (surprise!–the APA is very liberal). But, still, researchers from the APA found that images of Bratz dolls–on TV, in the movies, in song lyrics and all over the media–may make girls think of and treat their own bodies as sexual objects. While the study concerns teens, tweens, and pre-schoolers, one of the members of the panel who put together the report says the results would apply to even younger girls:

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“It’s fair to say, were we to do these same studies on younger girls, you would expect to find the same results, but we have to do the studies,” says Sharon Lamb, a clinical psychologist and associate professor at Saint Michael’s College in Colchester, Vt., who served on the task force. . . .
The report cites Bratz dolls, in particular, for “sexualized clothing. . . .”
“Although these dolls may present no more sexualization of girls or women than is seen in MTV videos, it is worrisome when dolls designed specifically for 4- to 8-year-olds are associated with an objectified adult sexuality,” the report says.

Remember when Hasbro was going to make a line of Pussycat Dolls stripper dolls aimed at 6-year-olds? Fortunately, the kabosh was put on that plan after my readers and others objected.
Barbie is so underrated.

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17 Responses

What a load of crap. My 8 year old daughter has a few Bratz dolls and I don’t see her turning tricks in the future. Part of the reason why young girls get loose around the egdes is because that’s what they see in teen-slut sirens they see on those insulting shows on WB, Disney, and others where the girls dress like they’re ready for the strip with low cut pants showing half their ass and their little pubescent mounds poking out of their 3 sizes-too-small tops.
This isn’t something new you morons…when I was back in high school, the girls who dressed that way wanted to play and you knew who they were and they let you know.
I wonder how much of my tax money went to finance this bullshit?

Gunny on February 20, 2007 at 4:26 pm

    I THINK THIS MESS IS SOO TUPID PARENTS WHO THINK THEY ARE INTAPROPREIT ARE REALLY STUPID AND DUM .! GROW UP SOm! REALLY! I MEAN THE BRATZ ARE TTLY AMZINGS

    THESE R THE PPL THAT MAKE GIRL HOW THEY R:
    MILEY CYRUS, BRITTANY SPEARS, MADONNA,ECT
    PPL NEED TO STOP GETTING SO HYPE BCUZ I WOULD SMACK ALL YAW/
    YALL DONT HAVBE ANY PROOF GROW UP THERE R MORE IMPORTANT THINGS TO WORRY ABOUT!

    P.S BARBIES SUCK FISH EGGZ
    BRATZ WILL ALWAYZ BE #1 I <3 THEM!!~

    KIa on December 27, 2009 at 8:45 pm

As an afterthought, girls who usually dress that way either have mothers that do or parents who have no business reproducing in the first place.

Gunny on February 20, 2007 at 4:28 pm

Those dolls look really hot though… . :)

Norman Blitzer on February 20, 2007 at 5:04 pm

So IF you give her a Barbie doll she’ll grow up to look like a stripper?

EminemsRevenge on February 20, 2007 at 5:59 pm

What’s wrong with girls 18 years old and older being sluts? Let them play with the dolls and when they’re 18+, I want to see how much of a slut they really are.

KOAJaps on February 20, 2007 at 6:57 pm

Maybe the APA is giving in to the religious nut-cases so that Jerry (Falwell) and the Christian right could treat the gays of their mental illnesses with the pharmaceutical from the big pharma corporations? Damn bastards. When a person is straight and god forbid the gays are wiped out, religion has lost its edge in the world of sex…so that the priest or pastors could fuck boys and girls themselves.

KOAJaps on February 20, 2007 at 7:06 pm

It has been shown that one of the most basic ways children learn is through immitation. This is natural for them. It is also true that children will trust and embrace as good what the caregiver gives the child, whether it be healthy or not. (such as a sluty doll) It takes a growing human being a long while to self determine what he or she thinks and reasons is good for them. This finding by the APA gives evidence to what we have learned by experience in the counseling office. Doug LMHC

Doug T on February 20, 2007 at 11:48 pm

I always knew Bratz dolls capitalized on the slutization of the american female….but debbie, there is so much in our society today that can make a young girl become a slut much faster (even at 6!!) and with much worse effect than these toys.
That’s one of the main reasons why I don’t have a girlfriend.

Squirrel3D on February 21, 2007 at 1:29 am

Do the Bratz dolls have a “Pimpin” male counterpart??
Someones gotta hold the money…….

MarySJ on February 21, 2007 at 9:28 am

Мои три дочки даже и не хотят таких кукол сами, они им не нравятся. Если ребёнок растёт в нормальной семье, у него вкус к здоровому и отвращение к больному. С другой стороны мы – иммигранты и нашим детям легче видеть фальш местного общества.
Спасибо, Дебби!

CommonSensor on February 21, 2007 at 10:09 am

Wow- I havent read Russian in years! Thanks for the childhood flashback! I’m pleased your three daughters are being raised right. I hope my four will hold the same sensibilities.

MarySJ on February 21, 2007 at 2:07 pm

The bratz dolls are nothing new really. Sure its horrifying to see gold digging, manipulative slutty toddlers but if history serves me right, it’s not the newest or latest. Barbie has some pretty slutty origins and so does some of our more “cherished” icons like Marilyn Monroe. If you ever looked at the real origin of Barbie, she was based off a German doll named Lily who character was a prostitute and marketed as a adult gag gift to men. Barbie was created when a homemaker from America saw the doll in the window of a shop Germany and took one home and marketed it.

mykay on February 21, 2007 at 6:21 pm

Finally some common sense coming out of Academia.
I am sure the NOW types will be outraged.

ScottyDog on February 22, 2007 at 3:59 pm

I agree with you all, but think alot of you are only discussing what you see and only looking from one perspective. Earth is filled with different people with different levels of will power as you know that who a child is depends on the 3parts of 1/3 maternal, 1/3 paternal, and 1/3 themselves. From my understanding, it’s who they are is what they will become. Media is like a giant force of pursuasion. They still have a choice. Although it should be a more positive pursuasion, money is truely the conquerer of ‘man’.

regular mom on September 9, 2009 at 11:24 am

And yes, my now 13yr. old daughter played with BRATZ and Barbie dolls from age 5-12. And I have seen changes in her behavior but I look for ways to help her deal with the issues rather than point fingers at outside influences. And it works!

regular mom on September 9, 2009 at 11:31 am

this is bull s*** i played with bratz dolls and i’m not a slut

[S-word edited with asterisks by DS.]

cookies on December 23, 2009 at 12:24 pm

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