Monster High Dolls Anger Parents

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Updated: 3/17/2011 10:31 am Published: 3/16/2011 9:59 pm

Children between the ages of 6 and 12, psychologists believe, are trying to figure out if they are inferior or adequate.  To be adequate, in the Monster High world we're talking high platform shoes, lots of makeup, and very revealing outfits.

How do parents of young girls find this acceptable?  Keep in mind, we are talking about a top seller.

"This doll looks like a prostitute."

At first glance Angela Paris is a little taken back, and that's before she looks at the back of the box.

"There is nothing in here that doesn't involve grooming or changing clothes multiple times, it's sad."

This mother or three girls, was a bit of a wild child herself back in her tween years.

"I know looking back that I wanted to be like that, and it really took me being a mom to realize how I wanted to present myself."

"It's not inherently bad, there are some things I am uncomfortable with, there is just so much that is better!"

Pyschotherapist Maribeth Blunt sees this doll not helping, but rather attacking a person's imperfections using an unrealisitic viewpoint.

"If girls spend too much time in this, they are not going to get what they really need, and grow up thinking they need something else."

Blunt feels the doll urges kids to change who are you to be accepted, and that being who you are is not good enough.

"The industry is trying to sell sex to a lower and lower age group, it makes sense what they are doing because it works."

The Eating Recovery Center reports 80% of woman are dissatisfied with their appearance and one half of fourth graders are on a diet.

Mattel claims their product positively promotes the acceptance of all individuals and say they haven't had any complaints from parents just happy customers.

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Morri - 9/12/2013 12:52 PM
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Oh my gosh, what are you people actually thinking? Kids are not as stupid as you think they are! And I'm sure my daughter doesn't even realize what an actual "prostitute" means, little girls don't look at dolls like that... for them it's just pink and sparkles and nice hair... This is so wrong I can't even find words to describe it. I have two kids, a girl and a boy. You know what my daughter does with these dolls? She is 11 years old and she likes to draw them. She has reproduced a lot of cool stuff from these dolls and as an adult I clearly see the way these dolls are inspiring her... and we, as parents of these wonderful kids, support this with all our hearts. You should be ashamed of yourselves, treating your kids like they have absolutely no intelligence at all, as if they see all the dirt and trash in this world that maybe we, as adults, had experienced over time. These toys do nothing but incite their imagination and creativity and IF your kid really can't distinguish between right and wrong and fantasy and real people then there is nobody's fault but yours. Don't try to blame the toys, because all of us had grown with stories and fairytales, just because nowadays they make more beautiful toys, you don't have to take it all out on the dolls.

McKinney - 7/19/2013 8:12 PM
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Whoa!!!!!!! I would rather my daughter play with dolls rather than be worried about what she looks like or worrying about boys. She has a total if 130 or more. If you don't like them Don't buy them. Simple, problem solved. Obviously there's a story about Monster High They are monsters, not prostitutes.

EllaM - 5/14/2013 4:33 PM
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Oh geez they are just taking fun monsters and transforming them into something magicstic for little girls to love, you take the dolls away the girls are still going to want to get into your dresses and high heels, my daughter owns all of these dolls there is a nanny cam in her room she does nothing inappropriate with these dolls and the worst that comes out of it is the monster high catch phrases, if anything they are showing children even monsters can be pretty, the web show is a positive statement and I am proud to say I buy one a week for my daughter,she doesn't try and dress like one or put heels and makeup on she just enjoys playing with them, and to all the parents that are outraged with theses dolls don't blame it on the dolls you might want to blame it on the company your little girls keeps, before you go picking on monster high dolls at least they actually have a story line unlike the bratz dolls, really you can sit and pick apart any toy you won't but it won't stop the fact that little girls will like what little girls like and just because your daughter might not like your barbie collection, but lets not forget about the midge and baby from our great barbie collection because that certainly would have done a number on anyone's child, the whole point I am trying to make here is it has nothing to do with your little girls dolls, when it comes down to it it's how you raise your kid to actually look at things sure you can sit and say OMG look at them dolls they look like such sl**s or you could have a positive approach and say this one is cool because Dracula was big when I was little, you people are such hypocrites and you are probably the ones we see dressing like bratz dolls at the local dive bar so your husbands can't see you, picking on a doll line you should be ashamed of yourselves! Love Ella

fogelfors - 4/1/2013 3:40 PM
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Hi Now a days industry is trying to push kids into the economy machinary, to convert their childhood in an early stage of benefits. If our kids starts to spend their money parents at the earliest stage as posible, much better for the industry. Monster high it´s a clear exemple. I´m trying to develope a monster high site for spanish speakers, and indutry goes really fast and i can not catch all the changes and new products launchs, etc you can check: thanks & best regards

playinmom69 - 3/19/2013 10:56 AM
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What??? There are actually idiots out there admitting they think the MH doll stands are stripper poles? I guess the boy characters are strippers too then. I've never seen a male pole stripper in my life, not even on tv.

playinmom69 - 3/19/2013 10:24 AM
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Hey faerisight, I've never seen a Bratz doll wear thong underwear and they're not nasty either. If you've ever watched one of their episodes, you'll find they had positive messages too. The media jumped all over them too. I guess if you don't like the Bratz, that's your opinion. My 6 yr old has Barbies, Bratz & Monster High. S for myself, I grew up with Barbie & she has bigger boobs than both Bratz & Monster High.

playinmom69 - 3/19/2013 9:47 AM
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Oh MY GOD, Parents get real already. This is the same thing that happened with the Bratz Dolls. They are dolls & simply that. When adults start using unfavorable descriptions, that's when you get unfavorable results from your daughter(s). It is you as the parent who decides what they wear & when. They don't see prostitution or whatever we adults call it, they see "a pretty doll". Look at WWF for example. Some may say it promotes violence & hurting people. Does this mean that parents of little boys are letting their boys fight? Parents, stop throwing adult phrases in your children's company about their toys and let them enjoy their toys.

really really - 1/6/2013 12:03 AM
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This is idiotic. I don't understand this whole predicament with little girl doll's. My little cousin has is obsessed with this doll's because of what they stand for. Friendship and loyalty. Clothes are just a part of "What teen-age girls like" so they add that. Also if any one watches this shows with their children you can see that the dress up to go to parties or school events. Things that teen girl's that care about their image does. The "Prostitutes " comment is out of the question! It's Stupid in so many levels. Why are they just pointing the finger at Monster High dolls!!! Barbie has very slutty clothes Brats too. This are doll's I saw girl's with since I was a child and the clothes haven't changed much. Other shows for very young young girl's like The Winks also have very reviling clothes. A other thing teen age girl's wear shirts and shorts that are way to short all the time. Drawings look better with short things than girls in real life and people don't say anything. Parents don't have control over their children and that's their own fault. This all comes from a teen ager and I like Monster High, I've been since it first came out. and if anything all they show is leg nothing else. Plus, I bet this whole thing is to cover up a true intentions. Discrimination! Skulls and dead creatures of the night.... ring any bells? e.....m......o.....! Though the show has nothing to do with any thing killing or suicide it's about not discriminating anyone and excepting who people are. People have come a long way but not may people act like it.

Sarah2012 - 11/15/2012 9:01 PM
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I'm guessing none of these "experts" have actually done their homework properly. Monster High are fashion dolls just like Barbie was back in the day which I and my two sisters grew up with and never had body issues. Secondly these dolls are actually educational in the sense that they do teach young girls some very valuable lessons such as what it means to be a good friend and daughter but also that you don't need to "fit in" with someone else's idea of what is socially acceptable. Each of the characters have their own social barriers such as Ghoulia who can't speak English, rather than everyone make fun of her and tell her to go back where she came from her friends learnt her language so they can communicate with her. Of Rochelle who is terribly shy, the other girls made the effort to get to know her and help her with her shyness. And then there's Draculaura who is quite well off and knows her friend Clwadeen who is one of many children in the family and therefore can't always afford to buy clothes ect. so rather than being made fun of Draculaura discreetly donates many of her clothes to her. So perhaps these "do gooders" should get their facts straight before complaining about a doll line based on appearance which by the way is amazing (Barbie had more revealing clothes) because these dolls each have stories and each of them deal with issues young girls do today in a way where girls can realise they don't need to have a boyfriend or be captain of a sporting team to be popular. They too can be like the character Ghoulia whom I mentioned early who is one of the smartest girls in school and is quite nerdy finds herself not being picked on for her smarts but rather looked up to and praised for being intelligent. So to these "experts" I say why don't you focus your time and energy on something else like perhaps the new doll who breast feeds marketed for 2year olds. For mothers of young girls I say do your homework, I think you'll be pleasantly surprised.

Valkyrie24 - 10/14/2012 3:51 AM
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Sorry, its "that's", not "thats", "anorexic", not "aneroxic", "I thought that girls needed", not "need".
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