Bratz (aka Slutz)

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  1. Expando1

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    I reckon everyone has heard of the popular preteen dolls called Bratz or at least seen an advert for one. Since it's introduction it has steamrolled Matel's Barbie earning $600 million in 3 years. The popular doll is now affectionately being called Slutz among preteens who also emulate the doll's fashion sense and refer members of like minded and atired girls as slutz. It seems Barbie is getting a run for her money in the scandal of over sexualizing our kids.
     
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    And people look at me sideways when I declare that my children will not be permitted to watch television. I grew up in a very strict and regimented household. I was not exactly sheltered. My mother was worldly, and exposed me to much. I was immersed in cultural events and exhibitions, theater, and a schedule jam packed with chores and extra-curricular activities, such as dance lessons and orchestras. I was exposed to those things which my mother felt were age apropriate. It wasn't as extreme as it sounds. I was still al ittle girl who played with Barbies when I entered high school. I dressed like a child. I had an extremely well developed body, so this was of particular importance to my mother. I know a few little girls now who are the same way. I wonder if they use their Barbies and Bratz the way I used mine when I was 11, 12, 13, 14...

    I, of course, had sexual urges. I don't know if that's normal, or the result of hormones in our meats and dairy. But I had them, and they were relatively strong, considering I had limited interest in intercourse itself. Intercourse was a curiosity: I wanted to see it again (I'd managed to see some porn when I was four, but none after.) I expressed my sexuality through my fashion dolls, since I had no desire to act it out with a male. I also expressed it with a select group of my friends. We experimented on each other, and masturbated. My first orgasm terrified me and put that to an end. My friends were mostly older, and began to date around then anyway.

    Anyway. My Barbies and Kens were certainly sluts. They had no choice. I had six-eight Barbies at any given time, and two-three Kens. Everyone got it on with everyone (no Ken on Ken love- I live in an Afro-Caribbean neighborhood, and that just was not even something that occurred to my friends as possible, Barbie on Barbie was too scandalous for them and only happened when I played alone.) They had no ability or desire, and lacked the character to have long-standing, meaningful relationships. Our play was always dramatic, emmulated soap operas (to my mother's dismay, my grandmother let me watch them with her) and everyone got a new mate every 15 minutes, or was alone and cried.

    The thing is, we seemed to know instinctively that thesee were not healthy relationships. That they were ridiculous, and that the relationshios were based on sex. Barbie play was our version of circle jerk. It was fantasy, and we wanted it that way. We never wanted to dress like our fashion dolls, and we certainly didn't want to be promiscuous like they were. I wonder how much of that is true for these Slutz.
     
  3. Lex

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    Education is key. I was not sheltered from influences that I would eventually encounter. My grandparents and parents raised me with morals so that I could discern for myself when something was inappropriate as I grew older (they made those choices for me when I was little).

    I was able to listen to Hip-Hop and NOT think all women are bitches a hoes, for example.

    As such, I try to raise my children with media literacy. My daughter has had Bratz and Barbie dolls. My Scene Barbie line was created to directly compete with Bratz dolls. I explained the inappropriateness of their dress, etc. I do the same in regards to fashion, music and performing icons. We talk about why being modest in dress and behavior is best.

    She is also a dancer. Over time, she has abandoned these influences and things on her own. Given my teachings and her own interest in other things.

    I talk to she and my son both about the goal of commercials and the like. As you said, BBS, kids understand what you let them understand.

    It seems to be working in the Lex Household.
     
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