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Promoted as a line of dolls to help kids embrace their inner "freaks" and "imperfections," Monster High has become wildly popular for Mattel. Yet the ultra-skimpy clothes, heavy makeup, and teeny-tiny body proportions of the dolls aren't the fashion icons I'd want for my 6-year-old - especially because of the Monster High-inspired clothing and costumes that have resulted. These dolls aren't likely to go away by 2012, but can parents stop letting their little girls emulate the sexualized style? At least Barbie wears jeans.

 

This was posted as in 'Fashion Trends that need to go away" What do you guys think? This was on Yahoo's homepage.

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Many are aware of the article. It's been posted quite a few times here.

Pshh, thats stupid! All dolls dress in skimpy clothes, wear heavy makeup, and have teeny bodies. 

I dislike the skimpy outfits, as I do not dress skimpy, but I love the message Monster High gives- be proud of your flaws and imperfections!! Yay!

"If you look at the dolls or their designs, yeah, sure, you could ASSUME that they were “hookers” or sexually promiscuous or indiscriminate. That’s assuming that’s ALL you do. Speaking as someone who watches the webisodes, knows about (but hasn’t read through the entirety) of the book series, I know that Monster High is trying to do A LOT more than what it appears to be. There’s a movement in Monster High called “The Kind Campaign” which is trying to combat girl-on-girl violence. The last special, called “Fright On!,” addressed social prejudices of all kinds, using the whole “humans vs. werewolves vs. vampires” as an analogue that children can understand. Yes, the dolls wear high heels and short skirts, but nothing really skirts the line of “inappropriate.” Most of the dolls even wear tights. Fact is, they’re fashion dolls for a reason; their clothes have to be a little unbelievable and fantastical.

There’s also the idea that “short skirts and heels” somehow equals “sexually irresponsible” and that’s kind of a stereotype that I personally REALLY HATE. It’s slut-shaming, or an extension of the victim-blaming process. “The clothes make the man” is a huge fallacy, as if how one dresses or walks or applies their makeup or does their hair dictates who they are. I wear Ecko and FUBU, and almost all of clothes are hand-me-downs. Does this mean I’m “urban” or “ghetto” (I could get into a whole discussion of why I hate how “ghetto” has become something of a negative term) or that I’m of a financial status where I’m left wanting? No, in fact, I live in suburbia Las Vegas, in a house that’s paid off for, driving a 2003 Toyota Sequoia that is also paid off for and runs amazingly, going to an art school for a Media Arts and Animation degree. What I wear doesn’t dictate who I am."

An excerpt from a long tumblr post I wrote on the subject. I think it's pertinent and says all that needs to be said :)
Well there is some truth to that but you have to admit "sex sells" lol

They purposley choose the slutty dolls out of the mh line to make them look bad -_- its because of people like them that clawdeen now ALWAYS has to wear pants :*

But it shouldnt to children it only sells because it tricks your mind and not in a good way
 
afrokid said:

Well there is some truth to that but you have to admit "sex sells" lol

I don't think this belongs in 'monster high sightings'. It would be better in 'uncategorized'. :)

I'm just leaving my 'This list is biased and unproffesional' here....

'Because I don't like it' is NOT a valid argument.

This topic is on page 1 in uncategorized

These people can think and say whatever the want.  I have absolutely no intention of emulating the original dolls' fashions myself - or letting my daughter do it.  I also wish they'd make the clothing sets more readily available and affordable than what they have.  I don't want to have to buy a whole new doll just for the outfit.... and, yes, Toys R US? Hi... I don't think I ever paid $15 for a single Barbie outfit.... nor do I intend to for a MH outfit.
You can put knee high boots on a 5 year old - but whether you pair it with a mini skirt or leggings and a sweater dress is the difference.  There are some shorter outfits for the dolls and there are some cute tasteful outfits (SO Clawdeen, Toralei, Ghoulia...)
Actually - now that I'm looking at my collection of dolls - I believe they are basing their opinion solely on the first wave of dolls - Look at the difference between 1&2 Clawdeen, Frankie, Lagoona and Lala (I really don't think there's an issue with either of the Cleo releases).  It seems to me that Mattel took this observation into consideration between the releases of the first and second waves - before Gloom Beach and Dead Tired... as there is nothing particularly overly sexy or revealing about their swim suits or pajamas.

There ARE dolls with pants Actual pants.

Wave 1 Ghoulia

Wave 1 Cleo, if you count bodysuits

Wave 2 Cleo

Wave 2 Clawdeen

Wave 2 Frankie

Operetta

Toralei

Sweet 1600 Clawdeen

And that's just from the top of my head.


Monster Brat said:

These people can think and say whatever the want.  Granted - I wish that they would release clothing other than mini skirts and short shorts for the dolls (Hello! capris or jeans??), I have absolutely no intention of emulating the fashion myself - or letting my daughter do it.  I also wish they'd make the clothing sets more readily available and affordable than what they have.  I don't want to have to buy a whole new doll just for the outfit.... and, yes, Toys R US? Hi... I don't think I ever paid $15 for a single Barbie outfit.... nor do I intend to for a MH outfit.

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