Doll that can wax and shave

Katherine - posted on 03/20/2011 ( 11 moms have responded )

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Have you heard about the doll that's ruining your little girl's childhood with the threat of body hair removal? Yes, folks, it's true. Mattel is selling a doll whose back story includes waxing her eyebrows and shaving her legs.

And here's where I say as both a mother and a feminist: I don't really care. Because the Clawdeen Wolf doll that has the likes of Fox News warning of the "shocking impact she could have on girls aged 6 and up" apparently haven't done much reading on the background of the Monster High doll line.

According to the product information on ToysRUs.com, Clawdeen Wolf is 15. And she's paired with a series of books by Lisi Harrison that are marketed as "young adult fiction." On Amazon, and probably at your local book store, Monster High is in the "teen" section.

Get that? Teens. Not little kids. Teens.

So this "shaving and waxing" that Clawdeen Wolf does is a far cry from 6-year-olds being forced to wax their eyebrows to meet some doll-created version of beauty, folks. In fact, it's pretty normal. Puberty hits most girls by 12 or 13. And puberty prompts increased hair growth in our tweens. And guess what follows in American society, where shaved legs and armpits are the norm? You guessed it. Shaving. And if not waxing eyebrows than plucking.

In fact, when presented with the horrors of a 5-year-old having her eyebrows waxed, CafeMoms were shocked, but admitted they'd let their teen daughter do it. Some even said they'd let a girl as young as 10 have it done if it was her request, others said 13. That's still two years younger than the age of this doll, and just hitting the age that the Monster High books are geared at.

Thinking back, I started shaving my legs when I started having to change for gym class -- which meant seventh grade. I was 11. I started plucking just a few years later (thanks again, Dad, for that unibrow -- it's been such a joy to live with). So as a mother, I find myself underwhelmed by the warnings that Mattel is trying to ruin my daughter's life.

In fact, for all the parents asking what is Mattel thinking, I have a question for you? What are you thinking buying a doll for a 6-year-old that is geared at a teenager? Her slutty costume alone should be a clear sign that this is a teen-scene only.

Do you have a problem with these dolls?

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Jodi - posted on 03/20/2011

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I don't understand, either, why they are even making this doll if it is aimed at 12-15 year old girls, because girls that age are not playing with dolls. So of COURSE they are aiming it at 6 year olds, we'd be naive to think otherwise.

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Bonnie - posted on 03/21/2011

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I don't think any 15 year olds would wanna be caught dead with a doll, even a doll that shaves.

Stifler's - posted on 03/20/2011

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I think this is a bit like the "Harry Potter has REAL witchcraft in it" hysteria.

Stifler's - posted on 03/20/2011

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Bahahaha. I shave and wax my eyebrows. More than likely my daughter will too one day. Who cares.

Sharon - posted on 03/20/2011

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I'm with Jodi - I looked and looked but don't see anything that says you shave this doll or wax it?

Jodi - posted on 03/20/2011

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I just found a link to all the Monster High Dolls, and to be honest, I wouldn't buy any of them, but I am still struggling to find anything that says you actually have to shave and pluck this doll. I think perhaps the CHARACTER has to shave and pluck to maintain her look because she is the daughter of a werewolf, but I can't find anything saying that the actual doll is to be shaved and plucked.

http://bestmonsterdolls.com/

Lady Heather - posted on 03/20/2011

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Okay, I get that the doll is older so one might think it's not for little kids, but what the hell kind of a 15 year old wants to play with dolls? It's obviously not going to be purchased for the right age group because the right age group does not play with dolls.

This is pretty much the worst toy ever. Too mature for the little ones and too immature for the big ones. Why does it exist?

Nikki - posted on 03/20/2011

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What 15 year old plays with dolls! It's a little weird, what's next the menstruating doll?

Becky - posted on 03/20/2011

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Do you actually shave the doll? Because that would just be wierd. But if she's just based on a character in a teen book that shaves, nope, no problem with that.

Kate CP - posted on 03/20/2011

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Yea, this isn't about encouraging young kids to shave early. This is about buying an age appropriate toy. No problems here.

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