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Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Pussycat Dolls are real--dolls?

United Press International
Pussy Cat Dolls to become real dolls
Apr. 21, 2006 at 4:07PM
"Dolls modeled after the six members of the all-girl group will be marketed to children between the ages of 6 and 9 during the upcoming holiday season and cost about $15 apiece, reported Friday."

Can we say inappropriate? The American public laments the behavior of its children, adolescents and young adults, yet will we fail to take companies, marketing highly sexualized icons, to our children to task? We buy potentially questionable toys, because our children want them without thinking more critically about the message we're sending. I don't buy my little girl Bratz! dolls, but I didn't take them from her when she received them as Christmas gifts from others. I couldn't be that kind of Grinch, but I draw the line at the idea of her playing with a Pussy Cat Dolls doll. The characters of the Bratz! dolls line live up to their name, snotty little prima donnas getting into various levels of social mischief and wearing clothes that unfortunately our society finds suitable for waif-like adolescents while dressing adult women in tailored blouses and peterpan collars. Essentially, they are vapid but not insidious if a girl's parents are vigilant. If you don't believe me watch the cartoon, but I digress.

These dolls will be just dolls, and they will not. During imaginiative play, children use toys to explore different personalities, social roles and social situations. Do we really want our girls trying on the persona of the Pussy Cat Dolls, especially considering their recent foray into the world of the Bratz! craze?

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