Mattel hopes a new line of Barbie dolls, right, stops kids from defecting to Bratz, left, a line of funky dolls with sultry eyes and oversize heads.
Forget pink ball gowns and feather boas. This Barbie's got attitude.
A new kind of Barbie doll has hit the stores, one with platform shoes, low-rise jeans, heavier makeup and an exposed navel. Called My Scene Barbie, the doll is Mattel Inc.'s attempt to stop girls from growing out of Barbie too fast and too soon -- and from defecting to Bratz, a line of funky dolls with sultry eyes and oversize heads that have become must-haves for the 8-to-12 age group since their launch more than a year ago.
``I'm not into Barbies,'' said Alex Stallings, 7, of Baltimore, who has five Bratz dolls. ``Bratz are cool. I am into fashion.''
Payton Anderson, 8, of Atlanta said she has been over Barbies since she was 6, and now wants Bratz dolls. ``Barbies are too babyish,'' said Payton, who's given her Barbies to her 5-year-old sister.
Barbie was a copy of a German "sleezy" doll originally. Her shape has encouraged girls in western countries to feel unhappy about their own shape and seek cosmetic surgury. These "Dolls" have caused more problems than we will ever know and now it's getting worse. Well if you want a free market where do you draw the line? What do you allow young children to watch on TV? What books are read in schools? Are we as parents bring our children up in the fear and admonition of the Lord? What are we teaching them by our lack of guidance?