It’s Not All Mary Poppins

Skank Barbie, Update

Blogging Baby did pick up the post – aren’t they efficient? You can find it here.

The BB blogger who wrote the post, Melissa, comments that she’s not one to demand a product be pulled, because every parent has the right to make these choices for themselves.

Upon reading that, I realized that this is probably what many thought I was suggesting, when in fact, that wasn’t foremost in my mind. So, to clarify: How you write your letter is entirely up to you.

My letter will not not say, “This is a disgusting product! Stop making it this instant!” (If that’s what you want to say, you go right ahead and say that. It’s a good message!) My letter, however, will say, “This is a disgusting product, I’m disappointed in you, Mattel, for dreaming it up, and here is why I would never, ever buy it.” I figure, if enough people write that kind of letter, the product will be discontinued, without anyone demanding that they do so.

So, write your letter with whatever slant seems best to you. It doesn’t matter, so long as you write that letter!

March 9, 2006 - Posted by | Uncategorized

15 Comments »

  1. Sounds like your on a mission 🙂

    On the grounds of (un) scientific research, I will take my (almost) 5 year old daughter to Toys R Us this weekend, just to see what she thinks.

    Comment by Si | March 9, 2006 | Reply

  2. I have forwarded this post onto my friend at Mattel. He is in mgmt. Although, his division designs the male action figures put out by Mattel I thought he would get a kick out of it.
    Before these Bratz dolls hit the stores he sent some to my daughter. Although I don’t agree with how she is dressed, I’ve never really been a fan of how any doll baby marketed as a “barbie” was dolled up. There are other Bratz dolls on the market that are fully clothed..it’s just one more marketing attempt to reach out to someone. [And according to him “Bratz dolls are not Barbie dolls”. Barbie and her associates are their own division. Bratz is a seperate division also.]
    The funny thing is-my daughter was always one to take any doll babies clothes off and float her in the tub-if she did that with this doll-she would look like every other doll baby she’s owned. Ratted hair and naked floating face down in the bathtub.

    Comment by kimmyk | March 9, 2006 | Reply

  3. Si: Let me know how it goes. My 12-year-old looked at her and said, “Eeeww. That’s gross.” A four- or five-year-old may find the glitziness “pretty”. We all know kids that age generally have little in the way of taste…

    Kimmyk: I was serious about the name. I’d love a useful name to direct the letter to.

    As I said to a previous commenter: while many children will leave them naked and abandoned somewhere, the point is that someone thinks it’s appropriate to sell sex to six-year-olds, and that’s repulsive.

    Comment by Mary P. | March 9, 2006 | Reply

  4. LOL, my daughters first act with a new doll is to undress it. The amount of times I have spent putting finicky pieces of clothes on a doll…

    My only wish, with all these dolls, is that they provide them with big nickers, the type my Granny used to have, that would easily double as a parachute. At least it would make it easier for me to dress the damned things.

    Will let you know how she reacts.

    Comment by Si | March 9, 2006 | Reply

  5. My girls decapitated them. I had headless Barbies (the girls picked them up at yard sales all over town) all over the house.

    I’ll write that letter.

    Personal note – Ray back in hospital again. Keep a good thought (oh, and Elcie is now 13).

    Comment by Granny | March 9, 2006 | Reply

  6. I am not surprised that BB picked it up. Ann has some degree of pull with them. :0)

    Comment by jen-o-rama | March 9, 2006 | Reply

  7. Si: Looking forward to your report! My mother used to make clothes for my dolls. These were not haute couture items, but very simply put-together things attached with ties – easy on, easy off. Perfect for a mother who was sick up to the ears with fiddly doll clothes!

    Maybe you could try your hand at fashioning doll clothes, Si: a washcloth with a hole in the middle for the head, and held on round the middle with an elastic. Sound about your speed? The girls could glue on sequins for the “bling” factor!!

    Granny: My strongest memory is of a couple of Barbies appearing in the living room, where I was chatting with a friend. The girls were upstairs and had tied the dolls by their necks and thrown them over the banister, and then jerked them UP and down, UP and down. Nasty violent Barbie executions? Nope. The dolls were bungee jumping. Naked.

    Jen: I’ve noticed that. I send an email – nothing. Ann sends an email – immediate response. I am impressed.

    Comment by Mary P. | March 9, 2006 | Reply

  8. In the defense of these “girls” who were assisting the dolls to bungee jumping (at least one of them was me), it is impossible – impossible I tell you – to tie a skipping rope around a barbie’s feet in such a manner that she wouldn’t automatically plunge to her death after the first bungee, the rope having released from her non-existent ankles. So really, around the neck was the best option, regardless to how it may have looked to the inexperienced observer.

    Comment by Haley | March 9, 2006 | Reply

  9. I totally agree about the selling of sexiness to young kids – it’s not only icky, it’s scary. People dress their little kids in lowrider jeans and belly shirts and boots with heels, and seem to think it’s cute! I say, if you wouldn’t want your teenager to wear it because people will look at her a certain way… do you really want to suggest that it might be okay for people to look at your eight year old that way?!? Not only that, but when I briefly taught daycare (you’re a brave lady, Mary P.), I had a toddler in heeled boots trip and fall down a flight of stairs when the heel got caught. Luckily, only four or five steps. Trends be damned, cute but practical clothes are what my girl will wear till I have no say.

    Comment by kittenpie | March 9, 2006 | Reply

  10. Haley, I love both the idea of the bungee jumping Barbies and your rationale for why the rope was around the necks rather than the ankles. Good for you!

    And I used to cut the feet off of my Barbies, to make them flatter, like MY feet, which were NOT molded to fit in high heels. Sheesh.

    Comment by Susan | March 9, 2006 | Reply

  11. Yay, Mary–what a service you’re doing! We need to take these folks on and let them know what we think! Power to the People!!

    Comment by stefanierj | March 9, 2006 | Reply

  12. Haley: You and a friend from school, age eleven. I remember – mostly because the friend’s mother was horrified!! Till she realised what the game was really about, and then she managed to unknot her knickers…

    This explanation had me laughing so hard my stomach hurt. Thank you!

    Kittenpie: Cute and non-trendy has always been the way I went with my little ones. When they got old enough to choose their own clothes, they have all managed to be fashionable and self-respecting. It is possible to follow fashions without being a complete little trollop.

    A toddler in heeled boots? What are the parents thinking? Never mind the fashion idiocy, it’s – as they found out – unsafe, AND it’s very back for her little developing spine! Beans for brains…

    Susan: I remember trying to mold a Barbie’s feet into a more human shape by holding them over a stove burner. The feet just kind of dripped off the ends of her legs, revealing, if I remember correctly (I was very young) the wires upon which her legs were formed. I was disgusted.

    So was my mother some while later when the burner started to smoulder toxic fumes all over the kithen as she tried to cook dinner!

    Granny’s Barbies were headless; yours and mine were footless. I’m beginning to feel sorry for them…

    Stefanierj: Power to the People! Right on. Write that letter, child. Groovy.

    Comment by Mary P. | March 9, 2006 | Reply

  13. yeah, and Mary, when I told them she fell they looked at me like *I* was nuts! grrr. As I said, you’re a brave lady.

    Comment by kittenpie | March 10, 2006 | Reply

  14. I’m not a fan of this doll. At all. And while I agree that parents should talk to their children about why a doll like this is inappropriate, I also think that writing letters will help wake up the manufacturers.

    I will write a letter, and I thank you for providing the address.

    Comment by Andie D. | March 10, 2006 | Reply

  15. I am a prude. There, you now don’t have to worry about breaking the news to me. I already know it.

    As a prude, I teach my daughters that nice young ladies don’t go around showing off their belly buttons. This doll certainly doesn’t help back up my teaching.

    Perhaps my teaching is a little simplistic, but for three or four years old, it was about all the concept that they were up for.

    Also, having been one of the overly-hormonally-charged boys that I’m in the process of starting to worry about, I feel that one of the biggest gifts I can give my daughters is self-respect and that they (and their bodies) are to be respected.

    I’d better stop here, I can feel that this could turn into a blog post if I don’t wrap it up now. 🙂

    Oh yeah, I guess I’d better write that letter!

    Comment by Simon Peter | March 10, 2006 | Reply


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