Should barbie/bratz dolls be given to young children

Asked by: Mursal
  • They were great

    Bratz dolls were supposed to be teenagers so ofcourse theyre not gonna dress like 6 yr olds as for the body image thing by the time girls ( or boys) started thinking about their own body image they're not gonna compare to bratz because what teenager compares themselve to a doll?! Bratz were different and fresh and they atleast had a body shape unlike barbies which are still great for kids

  • Yes, they are great.

    I grew up playing with Barbie and Bratz dolls and I loved them.
    They don´t give kids a false image of females, nor humans, children know they are fake, they see reality in theirselves and it depends of the type of parenting they are receiving.
    Kids develop acting skills, creativity at the same time they play!
    I´ll let my kids play with Barbie dolls, but at the same time I´ll teach them to be against sexism.

  • Sure, they were great

    I loved Bratz and Barbies when I was little. I think little kids should be allowed to have them but the dolls should have more realistic body images. The way they're made now gives children the idea of how women are supposed to look and dress. Most women don't have tiny waists, long legs or any of those body proportions. It's unhealthy.

  • Sure, why not?

    When I was a kid, I was really into stop-motion films. Barbie dolls were perfect for that. Forget how you perceive females, the dolls are fake and you know they're fake, because you wouldn't have a real person do stop-motion (unless they're doing it for the art). Also, if you want to make a film with those things, get lots and lots of fishing line.
    Now, regular kids might have an issue with perceiving women, but a reasonable explanation (They're plastic models, so they can do that. Real people can't do that without some very non-standard equipment.) would fix that up.

  • This isn't about body image.

    No. I'm not here to preach "body acceptance". I think barbie's body is pretty achievable if you work out and such. Yes, some body standards are unattainable but a thin, healthy body is not. As a young female, i am more concerned with the socialization of young girls. Sure, barbie can be whoever she wants, but Bratz dolls were always dressed in skimpy outfits and makeup. The entire concept of this stuff is what tells little girls to want to do nothing more than shop, boys, and put on makeup. Disagree if you'd like, but i think dolls like this just force the female stereotype and gender role onto the young child, instead of letting her grow into an actual human being, with individual tastes and opinions.

  • Absolutely no way

    Um...To start this off, the body figures of the dolls can HIGHLY influence girls to try and become the same image the Barbie or Bratz dolls are. It makes some girls feel like they are fat and it makes parents soon realize "should I stop buying these dolls because they show something unrealistic and inaccurate to my child?"

    It isn't such a good idea to have dolls with impossible body features that girls would maybe try to "lose weight" and have a small waist, when in reality girls begin to become anorexic and bulimic as well as getting plastic surgery to make their waist curvier and smaller.

  • No gives girls an unrealistic image

    By giving children dolls like barbie or bratz gives them an unrealistic image of how a females body is supposed to be like and how they are supposed to dress. I have played with these types of doll when I was younger but how actually does it affect the way we perceive females

  • No, it affects many parts of their learning process.

    Barbie dolls and Bratz dolls seem perfect to the young girls that play with them, enough that they might want to look like them. This can affect their health, their eating habits, and their overall emotional image of themselves. When I was younger, I saw all the supermodels on TV, and, wanting to be like them, ate less. Now I am severely underweight because of that. Nowadays, supermodels are different, but that's not the point. What I'm saying is that if a little girl wanted to be like her favourite Barbie Doll, and saw that they didn't match up to the plastic toy, they would feel dejected and try to change themselves. They are little, and they don't know how to say that they don't like the doll, because, on one hand, it's fun to play with, but on the other, it makes them feel sad. So, the child is left with an impossible choice - feel sad about themselves but still have fun playing with the doll, or have no doll, but feel contented?

  • No way ho say

    I think all the above are correct and that anyone who's disagrees is not giving their child what they think they should look like and what they need to look like it dosent matter what you look like but if you a nice person and grow up to be a nice person.

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