Ho Ho Ho Bags

The Bratz have infiltrated our home, and quite stealthfully I might add. They’re sneaky bitches. Beware!

A very good friend of ours stayed with us early this week en route to visit his parents in Illinois. He always brings the girls presents and Miss C wanted to open her present immediately. She ripped open the wrapping paper and was thrilled to find a bracelet kit…a Bratz bracelet kit. She sat at the kitchen table Monday afternoon and carefully made a beautiful beaded bracelet and although I helped her get started, she finished it with just a few bouts of “I CAN’T DO IT MOMMY!” and it is quite lovely. Thankfully the bracelet itself is Bratz bling free. I guess they could have included a mini Bratz doll charm, but I’m not crying over that omission. It’s funny because she immediately shouted “Bratz mommy!!” when she saw the box the bracelet kit came in. I was surprised because I have no idea where she’s seen the Bratz except for a few snippets of commercials on TV. (The Bratz marketing team just shouted a collective, “Woot!”)

I know many people frown down upon Barbie and her very marketable, but unrealistic portrayal of beauty, but we are talking about dolls, not real people. I will, however, take Barbie over the Bratz any day. At least Barbie looks like Miss America or maybe a Christie Brinkley double/California type beauty, not someone down on the corner waiting to turn a trick or a future porn star.

As a child of the 1970s and early 1980s, I can’t recall any dolls that compare to the Bratz sensation although eyebrows were raised over the whole gang of hippies riding around town in a psychadelic van craving Scooby snacks. What were they smoking in that van?

11 comments

  1. Anne says:

    I just read an article in the new yorker (i think- may have been harpers) about how bratz is trying to compete in the barbie sales model. Barbie is up in arms and the two companies are acting like children. Meanwhile, Bratz dolls are more offensive to me and I used to HATE barbie anything but like you, when comparing the two, Barbie comes off like fresh driven snow. The whole baby ho-bag in diaper-thong, would be prostitute, ‘shop-aholic and totally brainless’ doll just makes me crazy. Yes, there will be no bratz here. I am declaring my house bratz-unfriendly.

  2. Oma Flinger says:

    Barbie over Bratz any day of the week, month or year. Isn’t it amazing that she knew who they were?
    Not to scare ya, but wait til she learns about sex from the same source. *gasp*

  3. Ginger says:

    I have been holding out on getting Amanda Bratz just because I didn’t like the name. I told her she isn’t a brat and so I don’t want her having dolls called that…especially because of how they are marketed.

    Well…I caved this year. Her best friend has them so I went ahead and got her one so they can play with them together… UGH…

    I like Barbie. When I was a girl, it never dawned on me that I was supposed to try and look like her. Even at 5 I knew that was impossible! LOL!

  4. Mrs. Flinger says:

    Garbage Pail Kids. Remember those? Hideous things. We got in trouble at school if we had them.

    I’m hoping I can stay Bratz free until 2010. That my new year’s resolution. 🙂

  5. Chris says:

    I’m totally with you – Bratz make Barbie look like Mother Teresa. The “baby” Bratz especially make me crazy. I used to say no Barbies ever, but since Bratz have come out, I’m actually “embracing” Barbie. I think they should change the name of “Bratz” to “Slutz……….” and I’m no prude, by the way – I just think they look like……mini hookers……..

  6. Erin says:

    I don’t remember anything comparable to Bratz when I was a kid either but my stepdaughters wanted Bratz dolls and Bratz stickers and Bratz beauty products so something is working. (It is so odd though! They do look more like they are going to turn tricks on corners than say, um, be astronauts and teachers and vetrinarians….)

  7. malia says:

    Sweetpea got some of those Bratz dolls in McD’s happy meals a few years ago. (Ugh, I so hate that I can now refer to life in “years ago” terms!) I despised them and she loved them. I tolerated them for awhile but at every opportunity I spoke with her about how inappropriately they were dressed, too much make-up, etc. Finally one day I was able to make them “disappear” without her even giving a second thought to them!

    And while I agree Barbie “looks” better compared to Bratz dolls, our home is still Barbie doll and all Bratz parenphenalia free. (I do let Sweetpea have the Barbie movies. They are actually nice movies with all kinds of classical music and moral story lines.)

  8. Jenny says:

    My husband and I were just talking about this the other day. I pray I can keep them out of our house if we have a girl,and they are still popular, or just any toy that lends girls to have a horrible body image to start their teenage years with. It blows my mind….

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