Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Not for MY daughter
Howdy Howdy ya'll. Sorry we've been MIA for a minute. With all the holiday activities & my computer totally crashing, it's been a bit busy to say the least. However, I have something I'd like to talk about for a moment.
During the Christmas season, I was looking for any last minute deals. As I scanned the toy section for any possible birthday gifts. I had completed my actual Christmas shopping for my daughter, but Christmas is a good time to find deals on toys. Then you can store them away for the child's birthday. As I glanced through the dolls, wondering if my child would even be a fan of dolls because I sure wasn't coming up....I saw this doll. As I am looking at this doll, all I could think is, "And they wonder why young girls are dressing the way they are, trying to do more 'grown up' things faster, & think they're grown....well here's one reason!"
As I am looking at this doll, other things raced through my mind. 'Do other mothers think this is an appropriate doll for a little girl that is impressionable? When did fashion or being a fashionista become looking like you worked the corner or strip club?'
Don't get me wrong, I am all about telling your daughter she shouldn't be judged by what she looks like. With that being said, you also have to be aware of how you represent yourself. It's really like Dave Chappell said in a comedy set "Just cause I look like a police officer in this uniform, doesn't mean I'm a police officer." So, you can't tell a girl it's ok to dress like a street walker, but expected to be treated like a lady. Now I'm not saying street walkers or strippers don't need love & respect, however, if you put yourself in a certain category, you can't expect to be treated differently than the category.
All I know is, I don't want my daughter (& hate that its out there for others daughters) thinking this type of mess is ok. She's 2 1/2 (actually a few months over)but I realize that things in her surroundings are making an impression just as much as what I make it a point to teach her.
We as mothers can no longer sit back & accept certain things that influence our daughters to lower their worth. I'm SICK of hearing "Well, that's just the way things are now days." Really? Says who? If we as consumers/mothers refuse to buy it, or give it any play, it will leave the market.
Its amazing to me at how quickly we speak up about the fact that there are no natural haired dolls, but yet sending in 'Streetwalker Barbie' is ok.
Is it just me, or is this alarming to you as well? Let me hear your thoughts.