Bratz Doll's Negative Effects On Young Girls

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The Bratz doll was created to be a good alternative to the Barbie; instead, she teaches sexuality through inappropriate attire and excessive makeup. The Bratz doll needs a make-over if she is going to teach girls to grow up confident. Young girls playing with Bratz dolls is not an ideal situation because the doll teaches them how to make themselves look more sexualized. This plastic doll is only six inches in length, much shorter then it’s competitor Barbie, but it still holds much more impact on a child. With very voluminous hair and outrageous makeup such as eyeshadow, lipstick, and mascara, little girls are being exposed to something that they should not have to experience until they are in their teens. The dolls lead young girls to think…show more content…
This becomes a big issue when you take into consideration the dolls attire. Many of them come featured in expensive fur coats and crop tops which is extremely inappropriate for a child’s toy. The young girls could be led to think that it is ok to dress in the sexually inappropriate ways that Bratz dress. This is why “The American Psychological Association believes that Bratz dolls are far worse than Barbie dolls considering the way they’re dressed in fishnet stockings and very short skirts” (gigkk). Young girls don’t usually realize what they are playing with, but in these cases they will definitely notice how they look drastically different from their supposedly “look alike” dolls. Their “adult-like bodies are too sexualized for young girls because they have not yet built their self esteem”. This can cause havoc on a young girl's brains according to the research of the American Psychological Association, “‘We have ample evidence to conclude that sexualization has negative effects in a variety of domains, including cognitive functioning, physical and mental health, and healthy sexual development’”(Eileen L. Zurbriggen, PhD, chair of the APA Task Force). These little girls should be able to dress their dolls in stuff that they are dressed
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