Photo by Peter Becker
Kids need protecting. Few adults would argue otherwise. But here is a threat we may not be taking seriously enough . . .
An article that posted last night on MSNBC suggests that the line of dolls that children play with today (think pixies, fairies, and humanized horses) are a totally different breed than we played with a few decades ago.
And while innovation and improvement is the expectation in the creative industry, the article suggests that some things are better left the way they were. We want kids to grow up, of course, but should their dolls?
One glance at the row of pint-sized princesses at the top of the article gave me enough insight to understand immediately the issues at stake. The row of scantily-dressed, flirtatious, midriff-baring dolls made me wonder why it is such a surprise that our children are 5 going on 25. Is it any wonder that little girls want to dress and act like the toys they own?
Education isn’t limited to the classroom.
(The article didn’t even have time to address whether or not scantily-dressed, flirtatious, midriff-baring adults were a good idea. I vote, “No.”)
The article suggests that provocative dolls belong in the same category as violent video games and PG-13 movies. Parents need to pay attention to the dangers.
Here’s a simple litmus test from my perspective:
If your child came to the table dressed/acting like that doll, would you send her back to her room? If so, you might consider swapping out Trampy Tracie for Strawberry Shortcake, Blueberry Muffin, and Orange Blossom.