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Bratz Dolls?

post #1 of 149
Thread Starter 
I bought one for my niece. I thought it looked like a funky punk sort of Barbie doll. My niece's bedroom is already filled with ultra-frilly pink princess stuff and almost all of her dolls have blond hair even though my niece has dark hair so I thought this would make a cool present.

Anyhow, I mentioned it to a friend of mine who told me that Bratz are controversial and that people think they encourage young girls to act trashy or whatever . . . well, the doll is wearing makeup but other than that I don't see the big to do . . .

My SIL already thinks I'm nuts. I don't want to be a horrible aunt. Maybe I should return this thing.

Anyone else seen these?
post #2 of 149
Our 9 yo got one of these from an old friend at her 7th birthday and my husband was SHOCKED. He was very offended and even went so far as to mention not letting this little girl over anymore. It went to the garbage can.

I think it was a last minute gift that the parents probably just grabbed, but anyway I think they are not nice over all. For one they are called 'Bratz', not really something I want my daughter aspiring to become , they wear clothes made for club-hopping and prostitutes and makeup. The "Baby Bratz" wear bottles which is majorly offensive to me overall. I think they promote a lot of nasty stuff I wouldn't want my daughter knowing or seeing. But, we have a nice kid who reads, is into animals and science and overall thinks Bratz are disgusting so we must be doing ok with her so far .

I would def. avoid those dolls, there are so many nice toys to buy, Waldorf type toys are MUCH nicer and wholesome and encourage active play. Groovy Girls are another alternative, cute, funky clothes and they are soft dolls with NO makeup or smutty stuff.
post #3 of 149
My daughter isn't a brat and she plays with Bratz dolls.

And btw - why did the above poster label make-up as "smutty?" Bit extreme, don't you think? And Bratz clothes do NOT look like prostitutes clothes, good GRIEF, what a harsh thing to say! Your daughter thinks Bratz are "disgusting" because she is living up to your expectations of her.

Kids are only kids once. If a toy doesn't have a negative influence on my daughter, she can play with it. I will not deprive my child of anything toy that she wants unless it would bring her harm (or is of course out of my budget.)
post #4 of 149
I would return it, honestly. They're horrible. My dh and I call them Slutz.
post #5 of 149
My dd doesn't play with them, only because she thinks their big heads are weird. So we don't buy them for her. <shrug> But honestly... all the negativity surrounding these dolls... why?

Looking like prostitutes?? Calling them Slutz??

I hope you all don't talk about other people the way you're talking about these dolls.

To the OP, if you think she'll be offended.. return the doll. Its the polite thing to do. But you never know, she just might like it afterall.
post #6 of 149
I have to say that I was pretty shocked last year when we went to a five year old birthday party and everyone brought Bratz dolls for the birthday girl. Silly us, we brought dress ups, and they were tossed aside in a heap. The mother apologized for the daughter’s behavior but explained that she really outgrew dress ups when she was about three. This little girl also has a tv and dvd in her room, so I can assure you it was a household with a much different value system from ours. This was a girl my DD met at co-op preschool and she invited every girl in the class to her birthday party, otherwise my DD probably wouldn’t have been invited.

My objection to bratz is that they are modeled on older behavior. I want my 5 year old to be 5, not a teenager. The dress and make up of the dolls is not appropriate for the age range of the children who play with them, or for whom they are intended. Mothering magazine had a great article on marketing toward tweens in the last issue and I feel that this is a product that fits that description. The toy itself isn’t “bad”- its just a product of our popular culture, which in my opinion is very unhealthy.

I don’t want my kids to grow up so fast, I want to nurture them through childhood so they grow up with a sense of wonder for the world around them and a good imagination. My kids aren’t exposed to media- they don’t watch TV or listen to commercial radio, or read magazines with ads in them. I wouldn’t purposely avoid a kid or a family that had bratz dolls, but we probably wouldn’t be in that situation because we are homeschooling and most of the kids we know come from families with similar ideas. My DD never knew what a bratz doll was until she went to that party. Truthfully, she wasn’t that interested in those dolls anyway- because she hasn’t been exposed to the media that makes her want to want them.
post #7 of 149
"And btw - why did the above poster label make-up as "smutty?" Bit extreme, don't you think? And Bratz clothes do NOT look like prostitutes clothes, good GRIEF, what a harsh thing to say! Your daughter thinks Bratz are "disgusting" because she is living up to your expectations of her."


To the above poster-my thoughts exactly. Why encourage them to grow up WAY faster than what they should, there are plenty of 'nice' toys that encourage them to be themselves, not something out of a grown up magazine. (not to mention, who is making these 'dolls'? They obviously want to encourage the use of bottles and pacifiers! and, makeup? sheesh! these are little girls!)
post #8 of 149
Thread Starter 
Actually, Barbies bother me more. My SIL is a Barbie fanatic and my little niece, who will NEVER be tall, blond and slender cuz she's short dark and round like her mom; has got just about every Barbie that has ever been manufactured. At least Ms. Bratz doesn't have those great big Barbie boobs and her feet don't seem to be stuck in the permanent tip-toe-for-high-heels position.
post #9 of 149
I am really pretty liberal in a lot of things I think... but I won't buy Bratz stuff for my kids or other people's kids.

I don't like them for a number of reasons. Firstly, the name. WHAT brilliant marketing executive dreamed THAT up??? What is the next line - dumbz? I just don't understand WHY they would use a term that no one would want their child to be.

Two, the makeup. Even the "baby Bratz" have makeup!

Three, they seem to be marketed to kids too young for the "look" of the dolls. I am not a big Barbie fan either for sure but if you look, you can find ones that are half decent re: general look.

Someone mentioned Groovy Girls. My dds (9 and 5) really like those and have some. We can all feel good about giving those as gifts and no need to worry if the parents will approve.

I do think that Bratz are controversial and wouldn't buy one for someone else's kid if I didn't know they were ok with it. Well, *I* wouldn't buy one regardless of if the parent cared or not but that is just me...

Isn't there some other "cool" gift you could get her that isn't that?
post #10 of 149
I don't have a problem with them at all. My daughter has two. There is no way that a doll could make my daughter do anything or act in any particular way. She makes the choices about who she wants to be, not her toys.
post #11 of 149
Ok, the Bratz dolls are really sort of hideous.
Their FEET come off and they put on NEW FEET when they change their shoes?????
My opinion of their clothes and make up aside, snapping off their feet sort of tunred me off of them.
I'm not a big Barbie fan, I'm certainly not a Bratz fan, I second what one of the other girls said about groovy girls being a nice option, they have changeable clothes, they are more geared to a young girl audience.

Little girls do like to model after things. Giving a Bratz doll to a really young child encourages age inappropriate behaviour modelling in my opinon.
post #12 of 149
Many do not like them and I personally feel it would be up to the parent to buy something like that for their DD. The "My Scene" Barbie's wear makeup and have dark hair and are more fashion forward. These are the dolls that my Nieces play with, and honestly I think they look like a lot of fun.
post #13 of 149
But their feet come off! Seriously, when you change their shoes you take off the entire foot! There is just a little stump!
I know this because my friend's new stepson, 11, loves them so I got him one for Christmas. I found dark haired girl wearing a kimono who is, apparently, a karate expert.(Her bag matches the print on my petunia pickbottoms--however you spell that--diaper bag I have. )
I do confess, I was surprised by the make-up on the doll. It's really thick. But it's what he wanted and I like it that he doesn't bend to peer pressure and he plays with dolls.
post #14 of 149
Originally Posted by UnschoolnMa
I don't have a problem with them at all. My daughter has two. There is no way that a doll could make my daughter do anything or act in any particular way. She makes the choices about who she wants to be, not her toys.

Right on!
post #15 of 149
Originally Posted by mama2mygirl
But their feet come off! Seriously, when you change their shoes you take off the entire foot! There is just a little stump!

glad to see this skeeved out someone OTHER than me.
post #16 of 149
You sound like a lovely, considerate aunt, who wants to buy just the right thing for her niece and not tick off her parents!

I'd suggest either asking her parents if they're ok with Bratz or just picking something else, though - as you can see from the above, they bring on some pretty strong feelings. Personally, I don't care for them at all, for a lot of the reasons above (had no idea about the feet, though), even though I've long since given up the ghost and given in with Barbie. I don't know if I'd 'ban' them in our house, but I wouldn't buy one for my daughter, and if people giving her gifts want suggestions, I'd suggest something else.

I agree Groovy Girls are great, and really popular these days. Polly Pockets can be fun too, although they're pretty clothes-oriented. Do they still have Get Real Girls? They were around a few years ago, a bit Barbie-ish, but with more realistic bodies, and sporty.
post #17 of 149
I am not a Bratz fan. I think they do look slutty and dress inappropriately.
I do not buy them for my dd. To date she has none. If someone bought her one I would not throw it out. She could play with it if she desires. I suspect it would hold as much interest as her Barbies. They are in a box and rarely touched. She is not a doll girl.
post #18 of 149
I would ask the mom. After all, the girls that really like them, REALLY like them so it would be a cool present if she was one of them.

As for me, I do not want those dolls in my house. I find them offensive. If someone were to ask me about them, I would ask them not to buy one for my dd. However, if someone just got her one, I wouldn't be snotty about it. After all, a lot of times I let my dd choose the presents she give friends (with some guidance) so if they are acceptable in someone else's house it would make sense that someone would choose one to give. I don't like Barbie's much either although we do have some. They were the lesser of two evils I guess and I didn't buy any (ours are second hand from cousin) so if we got a Bratz I would probably exchange it for something else, maybe even a new Barbie.

post #19 of 149
I don't have any daughters or young nieces but if I did, I wouldn't ever buy them a Bratz doll. They are too over the top for little girls. I wouldn't go as far as to call them slutty--they reflect some of the fashions that I see the teenaged girls around here rocking. But I don't find that approprate. I think Bratz are far from innocent; even Barbie is a better option IMI. Plus I think all these dolls place to heavy an empasis on fashion and make-up--a reflection of our society as a whole. I'd like to keep any girl I love away from that obsession with the outward. Those groovy dolls are really cute though--can't wait to have a baby girl!!!
post #20 of 149
I think a Bratz doll is something you should ask the parents about first. We won't have Barbies or Bratz in our home. Obviously, others think they're fine. I'd just ask first.
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