When Ali and I get together and visit convenience store, we often find ourselves drawn to the toy aisle. Cute dolls, cuddly stuffed animals, and Nerf swords are worth the effort. Recently, Ali and I went to Walgreene's. Like always, we walked over to the toy aisle and began to look at the different toys. Of course, some little things caught our eye, like singing stuffed creatures and a stuffed Snow White with frightening orange eyes.
No, orange-eyed Snow White was not meant to celebrate Halloween. Somehow, her creators thought she might look nice with neon orange eyes and a matching hairbow. Nice decision, guys. Way to stand apart from the actual movie.
On a more alarming note, Ali and I found several dolls that were a part of "Monster High." All of the dolls were dressed in fishnets and chains and featured gruesome scars, skulls, and vampire teeth. They came with best friends and boyfriends and accessories, just like Barbie dolls would, but they were just so dark. I can't ever imagine allowing my child to play with dolls that advertise being dark and scary in an almost sexual manner.
The doll below was apparently named "Draculaura." She featured heavy makeup, long fangs, and an extremely immodest outfit. While Draculaura wasn't dressed as dark as the other dolls were, she was dressed the most immodestly. While most of the skirts came up inappropriately high, Draculaura wasn't even wearing tights like the others to cover up some of the leg she was showing.
I thought these dolls must be part of a generic line for Wal-Greene's, just like the odd Snow White doll, but Rebecca and I found more of the dolls at Walmart a couple of weeks later. Again, the dolls were dressed immodestly and wore dark themes like skulls and crossbones. Young, innocent children play with dolls. I stopped playing with dolls when I was around nine or ten years old. As a little girl, I cannot imagine my mother allowing me to play with dolls that dress like the ones from Monster High.
I visited the Monster High website and saw something on the front page that said: "Be yourself. Be unique. Be a monster."
Be... a monster?
The little children who play with Monster High dolls are going to want to be like them. Heavy makeup, dyed hair, revealing clothing... can you imagine a seven-year-old girl dressing in skulls and crossbones and thick eyeliner? Honestly, I'm not sure how those qualities make someone unique. Also, do you see the weight of Draculaura in the picture above? She may actually be thinner than a Barbie doll.
When I encourage a child to be herself, I mean that she should embrace who she looks like without all the makeup and accessories. She doesn't need to disguise her looks with a lot of makeup. She doesn't need to wear revealing clothes to attract popular friends and cute guys. She can be beautiful and unique with her natural color of hair and flattering clothes that don't flaunt her body. God made each little girl to be beautiful.
Perhaps I'm looking too far into the whole "Monster High" line of dolls. It just bothers me that five and six-year-old girls are going to be playing with and idolizing dolls that dress as darkly and immodestly as these do.
What do you think?