what's your take on Bratz dolls?

Laura - posted on 12/30/2010 ( 92 moms have responded )

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This isn't a really important question, I just wanted other people's opinions on those Bratz dolls. I feel they're very inappropriate, with their overdone makeup and less than conservative clothing. What do you think? I just wonder if I'm the only one with this opinion :)

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Amanda - posted on 01/05/2011

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I dont care for them either. I realize they are just dolls; however, I dont like the excessive makeup or clothes either. I dont think they are appropriate and I want my girls to have some modesty and self respect. I dont think these dolls teach that at all.

Ricki - posted on 01/05/2011

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Originally when I first heard of them on TV via a current affairs program with "professionals" saying they were bad, I didn't approve of them. And I felt that way for a while and refused to buy any for my then toddler age daughters. Not long later they were both given a 'Bratz' doll as a christmas present from someone. And although at first I was disgusted and appalled by the dolls. I soon realised there was nothing wrong with them in the slightest. I grew up with Barbie and her teeny tiny waist and massive breasts wearing mini skirts and low cut tops etc. And I found the Bratz dolls refreshing. They have a weird overly large head which is more cartoonish than realistic and they do have breasts but they are just a small bump not huge massive like Barbie, they don't have feet but interchangeble oversized shoes. They are a cartoon based fashion doll.
When my girls were little they didn't see any of that they just saw a doll that could be a prioncess or a fairy or whatever their imaginations came up with. Now as they are 10 and 8 they are mostly over Bratz and Barbie's. But a year or two back were totally obsessed with Bratz.They loved the cool interesting hairstyles, they loved all the groovy clothes (if I found an outfit inappropriate then I just didn't buy that particular doll) they had all the games and movies. And I actually like Bratz now, their movies have good lessons for girls to learn, they are all about their friends and helping each other, they just like to look good as well. And my girls loooooove the video games where you get to dress them up. And because I was able to communicate with my daughters they are now able to dress their Bratz up and say how cool the outfit is but then they'll say its not appropriate for children to wear. They understand that Bratz are a toy/game and therefore not real. They are able to take from the games and movies that helping friends and people in need is a good thing and having friends that are there for you.

I think if you don't like them fair enough but you also need to be able to talk to your children about whats appropriate and inappropriate. And seriously teaching little boys to kill other people with toy soldiers and guns etc isn't appropriate. But no-one seems to have a problem with that. Its all about talking to and teaching your kids. Toys and games are aids to the imaginative play not real life and not to be be emulated.
Thats just my 2 cents :-)

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I don't like them either. I don't let my girls have dolls that are dressed skimpy. Even if a barbie is wearing cropped top, I won't get that particular one. My girls are now 4, 5 and 9, and when they have asked why we don't have them, I just say that it's not appropriate to wear that much make up, or those types of clothes, and it's not the example that I want them to follow, and I don't want them thinking its cool. They have always seemed satisfied with that and have never pressed the issue or expressed a desire to want one. Plus, I grew up being taught that to be called a brat was a bad thing, and I just don't like them.

Angie - posted on 01/04/2011

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BRATZ DOLLS are in my opinion, are BAD examples for our kids. The girls will think they need BIG LIPS, BIG CHEST and SHORT, TIGHT CLOTHES that show everything. The boys will think that girls should look like them FAKE AND DISRESPECTFUL BRATZ! They are NOT ALLOWED in my house. When you grow up you usually want to be what you play with ( when you are 4 or older.) They even have facial expressions that look rude!

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Vicky - posted on 01/12/2014

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I dont let my daughter have them either. they are overly made up and dress like, well as my 21 year old son put it, like skanks. There is no reason to give our girls that message, that its ok to look like that. I found Moxie Dolls where a much better idea for my daughter, she loves them and they are more suitably dressed for her age group (she is 8)

Chet - posted on 01/08/2014

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I don't love Bratz dolls, but I don't think they're the scourge of the earth either. Our girls never took a lot of interest in them. I'm not offended by them though. The clothes are ultra trendy, but for the most part, not scandalous. This is a current Bratz fashion pack of outfits and I don't have any issue with these clothes:

http://www.toysrus.com/product/index.jsp...

Amber - posted on 12/24/2013

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Both my daughters loved their Bratz. Not my style but i'm not 9. I don't see the harm. It's just a doll.

Amy - posted on 10/03/2013

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I hate them, think they're disgusting. I, too, have specified that my daughter cannot receive them as gifts.

Karen - posted on 09/16/2013

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I think it's a different situation when a child is 6 or 7 than when they are 10 or 12. When kids are older you can have discussions about what type of message you may feel they are sending and whether that is a message you wish your child to get. I have a problem with the name - I don't refer to my child as a "Brat", why should it be a good idea for her to have a toy that is a "Brat"? The clothing thing is not an issue since, up until very recently, most of our fashion dolls were unclothed most of the time anyway. DD knows that these toys are pretend, fake, and not representative of real life in any way. We have and will continue to have many conversations about values and how she views herself. If you have those types of ongoing discussions I seriously doubt that your child will confuse a doll with the values you are trying to impart. Kids are pretty smart and can usually tell the difference between real and pretend.

Cerriwddyn_knowles - posted on 09/16/2013

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i totally agree with you. i have never allowed my daughter now 12 to get them. i even went as far as telling any parent of any children that was invited that one thing we don't allow her to have is the bratz dolls. my opinion is the same that the clothes are very inappropriate for young children and it's not the makeup but the faces in general. they are just plain creepy. kinda reminds me of aliens.

Vanessa - posted on 09/09/2013

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They came out about the time my daughter turned 5. Her uncle got her one for her 6th birthday. We returned it and she picked out something else. Kids are only little for such a short time why try and foist scantily clad dolls at them. Plus, I do not find them cute, quite the opposite.

Jenny - posted on 06/11/2013

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Ok I have a 12 year old daughter and she loves her bratz dolls she has all the movies,games and nearly all the dolls she had i bought her since 2001. Well 2001 I had given birth to her in may and that was when bratz had come out and they were cute they didn't look skimpy or wore too much makeup they expressed themselves and I wanted my child to look up to them as a role model so I bought her them and by the age of 7 she took them off her bookshelf and played with them. They didn't wear too much makeup their skirts weren't short and so what the stomach shows they are so cute they express themselves and put examples on wearing stylish cute clothes not bathing suits or anything so let your kid use them otherwise you disgust me

Briar - posted on 05/09/2013

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I do not see the problem. My 10 year old daughter Kim loves Bratz. She has a bunch of them she spends hours playing with and dressing. You know why she is fit for them? She loves fashion. She is hip, trendy, and all about the latest trends. So Bratz are meant for her. She is obsessed with Bratz. And why should adults get a say in dolls?

User - posted on 09/19/2012

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this is just my opinion.. i hate their fashion and hate their eyes and lips.. you get what i mean :)



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Dawn - posted on 09/18/2012

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Well personally I hate them, but they have been around since my oldest girls 18&19 were young. They had them and neither of them have decided to dress or wear make up like them. Both girls are very conservitive. My 8 year old has them, but never uses the skimpy clothes on them, she uses the more conservative clothes.

Gabrielle - posted on 09/18/2012

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I agree with you, Laura. I think they're very inappropriate and I don't allow them in my house. The clothing is not something I want modeled for my child, it's suggestive and too adult. Same with the make-up and overly pouty lips. There are better options out there and my daughter has never noticed any lack by not playing with "skanky" looking dolls.

DONNA - posted on 09/17/2012

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Bratz dolls are no more damaging than Barbie dolls, or 90 % of television/ film, or every woman's magazine. What they are is a childs version of teenagers. they want to pretend to be older, mimic the behavior of those typical American girls.

Better that than letting them watch Sex in the City or Desperate Housewives every week.

at least with the dolls they may actually role play your more conservative mores.

Bobell2 - posted on 09/17/2012

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I don't care for them, although my dd had a couple, I tell my dd how they look (when she got older) and they became her least favs too.

Hope - posted on 09/17/2012

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I agree with you and it IS an important question! our children will model what they see, and I for one do NOT want my daughters to grow up looking like that! The world seemes to base everything on SEX because SEX SELLS, so it's hard enough to raise children in this day and age. But we need to guide our children to have a positive self image, and what image are those dolls giving our kids? not a very good one!

Sherri - posted on 09/16/2012

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I would buy them I just don't see what the big deal is??? No different than Barbie or Ken??

Laura - posted on 09/16/2012

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I hate them. Agree with you 100% I won't let my girls play with them and their dad bought them a video of Bratz which I made him return. Way inappropriate.

Amy - posted on 09/16/2012

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I do not like them. My daughter is not allowed to play with them. She is allowed to have barbies but only with modest clothing on them. She is 4 years old.

Bethany - posted on 09/08/2012

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Can't stand them, will not allow them in my house.

I believe the kids don't need to be exposed to something so sexual at a young age.

Tracie - posted on 09/08/2012

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I'm with you. They're horrible. Slutty in the extreme. They all look like they should be swinging around a pole or standing on a street corner. I don't want my girls to think looking like that is acceptable in any way. My 11 and 7 year old daughters know how I feel about them and are fine with them being not allowed at our house, and family members have been made aware that we don't want them as gifts. Absolute trash, top to bottom.

Abbypowerful - posted on 09/07/2012

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Ok I'm not a mum but I do know bratz are creative and they have heaps of make up to make them look good and it's not real makeup and barbies they can be created like celebrities barbies have big boobs bratz don't have any really barbies have ride clothes and more makes up so I say bratz are a good gift a child can have if u don't like there bratz clothes make u own and all u need to do is if u don't like there makeup then but skin color texters or make up so they don't have bratz makeup

Honalee - posted on 06/29/2012

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I have a 13 year old daughter who is now into her own artistic expressions on clothing, hair, make-up etc... She creates her own "look" which does not always fit with the main stream view here. With all that being said Bratz dolls were not allowed in my house because thier clothes I would consider "bar clothes" and thier make-up is WAY over done, and my daughter has thanked me for that. She says she can see the difference in clothing, attitude, and make-up choices of her friends who played with Bratz dolls and those who didn't. I believe that she is witnessing first hand how impressionable our children are when they are younger and how those impressions can affect what we accept as the norm. And let me tell you ladies as she has gotten older it has not gotten any easier to find "appropriate" clothing for my girl. We went jean shopping one day and she tried on 26 pairs of jeans (yes 26 different styles) and after about the 15th pair she asked me how girls can go walking around with the crack of thier bottoms showing.

User - posted on 06/27/2012

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ok im not a mom but i really dont see the big deal with bratz,sometimes barbie wear's stuff like that and do people care,no but when bratz wear it its like the world's ending,the clothing is fine and their act is fine.ok their unique dolls, so what?? people get tired of some old regular dolls

Katherine - posted on 02/04/2011

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i like making doll clothes for my girls barbies or dolls that dont haave a wardrobe. atleast i know i am not teaching or showing my girls to be sluttty.

Nadia - posted on 02/04/2011

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I can't stand them!!! I totally agree, they are highly inapprotriate... especially considering it's little girls (5-9 i would think) that want to play with them. I had Barbies as a child and my daughters will have Barbie's. But even their clothing is getting a bit too much (or too less!!)

Katherine - posted on 02/04/2011

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even my oldee brother who has no kids of his own refuses to buy bratz or anything else that would have a negative effect on his neices.

Katherine - posted on 02/04/2011

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my husband i dont allow our kids to watch hannah montanna, i carly or any other crap like that. they are lucky if they get to watch anything on tv at all. we monitor everything they see and watch. i dont even agree with young girls and boys drooling over mylie cyrus or justin beber or whatever his last name is. i personally dont find it healthy.

Katherine - posted on 02/04/2011

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we are a hunting family and we do not allow toy guns in our homes. guns are guns not toys.

Katherine - posted on 02/03/2011

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i dont care for them. i dont want my girls thinking dressing like thatis okay. im not running a hooker training camp.

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They were supposed to stop selling them after last Christmas oh well guess not but i don't see them around nearly as much as I used to

Sherri - posted on 01/28/2011

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Not true Marissa Toys R Us and Walmart still sell Bratz dolls and all the accessories. So they are still being manufactured.

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I have always hated them because they give a party girl image to kids. I have returned them when people have bought them for my daughter. I let her buy what ever else she wants with the credit. I was under the impression they weren't being made anymore after the lawsuit that Mattel won against them last year. I was very happy to hear that.

Emily - posted on 01/20/2011

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My daughter is now 12, and outgrew Bratz a couple years ago, but from the age of 7 to about 10, she was obsessed with them! (And Hannah Montana) I didn't mind though. To me, the clothes, hair and make-up is just pretty dressing-up on a toy, and I'd rather she played with a Bratz doll than a Barbie. I wear hardly any make-up myself, and my daughter is the same. She has some bright color eye-shadows and a few sparkly lip-glosses, but she only wears them at weekends, if at all, or during a dance performance. She's a jeans & t-shirt kinda girl, so playing with the dolls at a younger age didn't "warp" her into some over-sexualized, over-made-up tween! They're just pretty play-things, and little girls don't notice the length of the dresses, they just love the glittery eyes and long style-able hair and cute pattered clothes. I don't see anything wrong with it.

Vanessa - posted on 01/19/2011

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I agree about Hannah Montana and shows similar to that. I don't let my 5 year old watch them because they are not a good influence in my opinion. the way they dress, the way they act.. I don't want my child acting like that or thinking that she is a good role model :P

Vanessa - posted on 01/19/2011

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I don't like them at all. I've never gotten them for my daughter and never will. They are very inappropriately dressed and way too much makeup. I don't want my daughter to think that its a good way to dress or look YUCK!! lol

Leonie - posted on 01/15/2011

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There are plenty of gorgeous toys out there that promote postive body image and self respect. I don't think Bratz are one of them. On the subject of sexualising our girls, finding sandals without a heel is tricky too.

Laura - posted on 01/14/2011

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I just think this doll has too much makeup. WAY too much makeup, As well as awful clothes. Ick! I realize the importance of teaching your children between right and wrong and everyone has made great arguments! I don't rely on toys solely to teach my children impt lessons, however there are limits as to what they can play with. Those dolls are pretty much the top of my list! Guns are another story. I realize all the shootings that happened, and there's a lot of violence out there and people who are usually mentally unsteady use guns well to kill people. I as a kid played with toy guns, my brother did, and all my friends did. I realize things weren't as bad back then as they are now, but I let my son play with dart guns, water guns, etc. It's just important to obviously teach them about not to use real guns on people. Soldiers use guns, police officers use guns and both use them to protect. So that is a whole other debate whether you let your child play with guns or not. I just hate those dolls because they are just over the line revealing and I just simply don't approve of them. I feel that girls are more at risk of following bad examples, I feel that they are pressured to do more than boys. I guess I feel if I can try and keep as many negative influences out of her life while I can, we can tackle the influences when they are introduced in middle school years. Of course we all teach our children survival skills when we're not around, but right now we are around, and are hopefully doing a good job paving the way to good decision-making skills :)

Lisa - posted on 01/13/2011

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We were having this debate over Christmas. I have a six year old who told Santa this is all she wanted. I took me forever to find one that didn't look like a trashy street walker. I did however find an outfit for it that looked a little better than the one she had on. Almost three weeks later and I haven't seen her play with it since Christmas. Trashy, inappropriate dolls. If I had it to do again I wouldn't have bothered. There is my $12.99 worth of opinion.

Marta - posted on 01/13/2011

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Well not giving them toys we don't approve of IS teaching them. It is teaching them that Mommy has standards of what is acceptable, and just because other girls can play with it doesn't mean you can. And my kids know why I don't approve of the dolls or the TV shows. They know I expect certain things from them, and they don't argue with it. And please keep in mind that because we don't want to purchase a certain doll DOES NOT mean we are lax in our parenting, as Kat tries to imply. We are teaching our kids, just in a different way than you, and if we need to not buy a toy to teach a lesson, so be it!

Kat - posted on 01/13/2011

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Condoning the DOLL doesnt MEAN... letting this doll Raise our children... Come on now there will be many things in her life that we will have NO control of... Yes if you think this doll will influence your daughter, I can imagine how many more things that will come up that will challenge your daugther's moral... i would like to believe that the way I have raised MY children, that they would MAKE that decision on their own, when the time COMES...( wearing the make up and clothes) What if she goes to a Friends house are you going to expect them to trash the doll's??? You see When we raise are children right, when they are approached with challenges in their lives they will choose to make the right ones... So for now you can choose for them, but what happens when your NOT around??? Spend more of your ENERGY teaching them WHY we don't want to Dress a certain way and you will get so MUCH more from them in the future...

Sally - posted on 01/13/2011

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I feel the same way we have one and it was given as a gift. I don't really care for the over done make up and there attitude its almost like I am big and I will not respect my parents maybe that just me but we only have one and its not played with alot even though its in with all the other toys..

B Rae - posted on 01/13/2011

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I have never allowed my daughter to play with them. And have told people not to buy them for her. I think they but out the wrong idea for little girls just like the preg. barbie. Glad to know I'm not the only mom that feels like this.

Sherri - posted on 01/12/2011

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Interesting take on it Marta. Don't tell my 4yr old son that. He watches ICarly and Hannah Montana daily.

Marta - posted on 01/12/2011

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To the person wondering about icarly and Hannah Montanna, I don't think they are appropriate for my kid's age group, even though there are a lot of clothes/toys geared to that age. My girls are both almost 8, and those shows are too mature I think. Plus my kids know that Hannah Montanna and Miley Cyrus are the same person, and I think Miley dresses a tad sleazy!

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