Barbie vs Bratz

Hope - posted on 06/24/2009 ( 21 moms have responded )

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What would you rather your little girl play with Barbie or Bratz? Or well which do you find is a better influence? Or does it matter would you deny her of playing with what she is into? I watched something like this on Dr Phil a long time ago where there was a debate about mothers letting their little girls play with Bratz and find their daughters wanted to dress like the bratz..Like what about those brat babies..who like wear tons of make up and have clothes that show off the belly and the short skirts. Like they even came out with dolls like Hanna Montana and Gwen Stephani those types of dolls. I find barbies aren't what they use to be when I was a little girl in the 80's. What do you think?

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Jessica - posted on 06/25/2009

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We have made a personal choice for our family not to have either in the house. I won't go into all the reason for that, but it has worked for us. We have found an alternative called 'Only Hearts Club Dolls'. You might check them out!

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Kelly - posted on 07/02/2009

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Quoting Hope:

I miss my Jem and the hologram doll. If I had taken better care of my dolls when I was little I could have passed my dolls down to my daughter. Anyone remember Jem,,when her earings use to light up? LOL But I don't think she looked that bad..other than pink hair, but the 80's make up was wild though.



Loved Jem! Still have mine and my Strawberry Shortcake dolls...which still smell good. Need to dig them out for my girls!

Kelly - posted on 07/02/2009

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Thanks to Jessica Wise for the Only Hearts Club Dolls mention.....I had never heard of them! I'll let my girls play with Barbies but absolutely not Bratz. I played with Barbies when I was younger. Barbie had professions - she could be anything she wanted to be! The Bratz dolls seem to be about looking like a streetwalker. Kids already grow up too fast. They don't need their toys telling them that they should be showing off skin, wearing lipliner, eyeliner, etc, etc!

Lorraine - posted on 07/02/2009

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Quoting Jessica:

We have made a personal choice for our family not to have either in the house. I won't go into all the reason for that, but it has worked for us. We have found an alternative called 'Only Hearts Club Dolls'. You might check them out!



where do you buy these? I have never heard of them before but I am interested in looking into them.

Lorraine - posted on 07/02/2009

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My girl plays with barbie and we do not allow bratz into our home. bratz are slutty looking and have huge heads and there peg legged. bratz are freeky and gross and send the wrong messege. in my opinion they ashould be banned. it is horrible to send the messege that sex sells to 4 year olds. Barbie on the other hand hashad several careers over the years, wears minimal make up and dresses apropriate for the ocasions, barbie may wear a bikini or swim suit at times but when she does it is being sold as beach barbie so the out fit is fitting. bratz always look like skanks and so do the bratz babies. they look like thoes little pagent toddlers and it is sick. even the car the bratz drive is a low rider convertable, can you say ghetto much. the furniture is all lepoard print and sexified.

In mu opinion barbie is far more apropriate for our girls. we dont even go down the bratz isle at the toy store because I dont want my kid seeing that shit

Hope - posted on 06/29/2009

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I think I like those soft plush dolls..that come with a site..Livy has one, I think its the TY girlz I think.

Jessica - posted on 06/29/2009

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I don't allow Bratz in my house and my daughter knows this. I don't mind Barbie mostly because she is supposed to be a grown up and can't even be compared to the trash that is the Bratz dolls. My daughter mostly plays with the princess or fairy barbies and I don't see anything wrong with them. I know my girls will have outside influences that I don't agree with but that doesn't mean I have to allow them willingly into my home. I want my girls to have a strong self-respect and to know that they don't need to look a specific way to be beautiful and to be able to make the right desicions in life.

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My 8 & 5 y/o daughters don't want to play with most Bratz dolls, but occasionally they find one that is modestly dressed and say that they would like that one. They know which Bratz and Barbies they want, generally the ones that present the image we have taught them is acceptable. However, my girls love the "only hearts club" dolls much more than the Barbies/Bratz.

Hope - posted on 06/29/2009

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I miss my Jem and the hologram doll. If I had taken better care of my dolls when I was little I could have passed my dolls down to my daughter. Anyone remember Jem,,when her earings use to light up? LOL But I don't think she looked that bad..other than pink hair, but the 80's make up was wild though.

Lisa - posted on 06/28/2009

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I loved playing with Barbies when I was little and I don't see anything wrong with them. My girls are 5 and 2 and either of them are interested in Bratz. As of right now, they hardly play with their barbies. I don't see what the big deal is. Yeah, some of the clothes are skimpy, but my kids don't buy their own clothes...

Jenni - posted on 06/27/2009

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Bratz look like they belong on a corner somewhere!! and believe me i am not conservative by ne means... but they have just crossed my invisible line! i've actually seen the show and they're all rich little paris hiltons! boy crazy and obsessed with clothes... infact the entire show consists of nothing else... it's pretty worthless brain garbage...

i wonder if previous generations felt that way about barbie?? probably, but at least barbie has evolved and actually works for her corvette and wardrobe now! lol

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I hate Bratz dolls! Their clothing is too skimpy, etc etc etc. Barbies can have some skimpy clothes too but I still like them better than Bratz. Also, if you are looking for Barbie clothes try thrift stores, they usually have big bags of them for cheap and they are usually the older clothes which (generally) aren't as revealing.

Valerie - posted on 06/25/2009

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I think Barbie is much better than when I was a little girl. I also think Barbie is a great influence over little girls, My daughter who just recently turned 6 absolutly loves Barbie!! She plays with them everyday.She is not allowed to even look at a Bratz doll and none of her friends are either. Bratz dolls to me give the wrong impression, they wear skimpy clothes and too much makeup. I also don't like that to change shoes on a Bratz doll you have to snap the whole foot off(I only know that because my 11 year old niece was always allowed to play with Bratz dolls).This is only my opinion, but to me there is no doll on the market better than a Barbie doll. Infact most of us moms have either had a Barbie growing up or know of someone who did.Barbie lets girls realize that they can do any kind of job, that Being a Girl does'nt mean limitations. Bratz dolls to me do not do this!! I hope I did not offend anyone, that was not my intention, Just an opinion!

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My daughter was obsessed with Bratz for years. We found that trying to keep her away from them made her more obsessed, not less. We tried to buy mostly the "stuff" rather than the actual dolls. We talked a lot about it and tried to buy things where the pictures of the dolls showed them being the most modest. (A difficult task, but do able)
After a while, the fad passed and she moved on. I do find that this daughter is the one who would dress like a hooker if I'd let her, but I think that desire goes the other way. What I mean is that my daughter liked Bratz BECAUSE she likes the idea of dressing like a hooker. It's not that liking Bratz CAUSED her to start liking that mode of dress. My other daughters always unanimously said, "EW! Yuck! Bratz are so ugly!" as did most of their friends. I find that the two daughters who originally hated Bratz like to dress modestly and the one who liked them has to be constantly steered clear of trashy clothes. I think the important thing is the discussion and making sure that regardless of what she LIKES, there is appropriate and inappropriate and she will not dress inappropriately. As far as Barbies are concerned, we had a houseful of them, there are plenty of non-skanky clothes available for them and I saw no problem with them.

Sarah - posted on 06/25/2009

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I don't mind if my daughter plays with Barbie i had them when i was little (although the outfits were a little different! haha!) She has a Hannah Montanna doll too, and one little Bratz doll. I really don't see the problem with them, they're just dolls.
I can understand why people are bit anti Bratz, they are a little heavy handed with their make-up!!
Barbie is obviously not a realistic comparison to a real person (sure i read somewhere that if a real person had her measurements, they wouldn't be able to stand up) and neither are Bratz with their giant heads!!
I'd be more worried about exposing my daughter to all these 'size zero' celebrities and movie stars......that is more damaging, in my opinion, than a doll.
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Jenni - posted on 06/25/2009

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i think it's all a horrible ploy to sell make up and clothes to younger and younger generations... it's all about marketing to preteens... before, commercials for make up and clothes were directed to adults... then it was teens and then pre-teens and now kids... it's a horrible message... to tell anyone they need the latest make up and clothes to feel beautiful... and now it's being imprinted into younger and more impressionable children... if i ever have a daughter it is one thing i will be absolutely against... it is so damaging on young girls' self-esteem

Sandra - posted on 06/25/2009

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A doll is a doll.



And I still can't figure out how these toddlers can dress like a Bratz doll - do they have their own income, car, and mall nearby that they can shop on their own? SOMEONE is buying the clothes...

Lydia - posted on 06/25/2009

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I dont like either and refuse to pay for the brand. I cant really ban themif other people buy them for her but I will definately have words with my family a friends and tell them that if they feel the need to buy either Id prefer a classic or princess style barbie over the modern teeny tweeny style dolls. Hopefully Bratz will be a thing of the past by the time she is old enough to have been branded and I will have other toys to object to! *grin*

Amanda - posted on 06/25/2009

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My oldest daughter played with both, they are just toys, and if you do your job as a parent and explain to them that they are toys, and that girls dont dress like this who have respect for themselves, you should have no issues. My daugther is now 11 and yes she dress's a bit "freaky" but never with mid drift hanging out, or butt, but I am the type of parent who doesnt been in any sort of censorship when it comes to childrens learning and growning. Sex ed is taught at a very young age in my home, all ratings of movies are watched also, if one of my children do not like it they do not have to watch it. My son has play guns he plays with, he understands that they are toys, and that real guns can kill. They were all taught death at a early age, and taught to respect the life they were given. I think when parents censor children, its avoidance, and a cop out to not have to fully parent. I am sure I will be ripped apart, for not censoring my child and not being proactive PC parent, but oh well. :0)

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