6 Reasons I Hate Monster High Dolls

6777599889_b7149b80c5_zThere are few toy products for little girls out right now as controversial as the Monster High doll collection (Bratz Baby Prostitots Babyz being one of them). Fans of the dolls, like Eve Vawter, cite their celebration of unconventional beauty and the themes of feminism, girl power and sisterhood found in their books and movies. Detractors are uncomfortable with the dolls’ ridiculously unnatural physical proportions, overly-sexualized dress and makeup and lack of racial diversity — a rather large lack of diversity that becomes more and more pronounced with every new release. I can understand the arguments from both sides, but if you ask me, they are just TERRIBLE.

1. They look like something Charlie Sheen would need to make disappear out of his trunk after a coke binge

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You gotta admit, there is something very dead hookerish about these dolls. Especially the one pictured above. She’s dressed like a lady of the night and she’s supposed to be an actual corpse.

2. They cater to the lowest common denominator

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There has been movie and TV show/product tie ins for decades now. But never in history has it been so blatant. It used to be that a movie would lead to a television show which would THEN lead to products. Now they build the shows, movies and books around the products, with the ultimate goal not being entertainment but maximum profit. Everything else is just an advertisement. Now, I’m not an idiot; profit has obviously always been the goal, but dammit I liked at least the illusion of artistic integrity.

3. They are hypersexualized

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I know this horse has already been beaten to death and is totally dead, dead dead (just like the dolls!) but I just can’t help but make this point. These dolls are very sexual. Of course, they are’t the first doll to be sexualized. Barbie has been doing it for generations. But the particular brand of sex that Monster High sells is troubling. It’s darker and more direct; where Barbie just hints at being sexy, Monster High comes right out and says it.

4. They aren’t just disproportionate. They look dangerously skinny

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This is probably something I’m more sensitive to since I have a troubled history with food and weight, but I feel like Monster High dolls are too. Damn. Skinny. Yes, Barbie and her ilk have impossible body shapes. But at least Barbie has breasts and hips. Even the old school Skipper dolls were more curvy. Monster High dolls don’t even look prepubescent. They look downright skeletal.

5. They celebrate differences only as long as you’re conventionally attractive

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For a brand that claims to celebrate diversity, this line of dolls certainly lacks in that department. Yes, they might have superficially “strange” flaws, but they all meet the standard level of conventional attractiveness. All of them, with the exception of the one male doll, are feminine, skinny, cisgendered, and are either white or have caucasian features. There are NO black Monster High dolls whatsoever, and even the few who claim to have “freaky” qualities are made to reign them in.

Example: “Clawdeen Wolf” a werewolf, is said to have hair worthy of “a shampoo commercial” (and that’s just what grows on her legs). But instead of that being an awesome feature, it says in the booklets that come with the dolls that, “Plucking and shaving is definitely a full-time job, but that’s a small price to pay for being scarily fabulous.”  WUT?

6. They reinforce stereotypes

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Mean girl-esque Cleo de Nile and “dorky” Ghoulia (complete with chunky “geek” glasses!) are annoying enough, but the show has episodes where the girls gossip, backstab, and try to change themselves so their (always male) crush will like them more. Yes, it’s typical tween-age television fare, but for a show that touts itself as an alternative to all that, they sure do fit the mold.

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    • vivi

      I found out why clawdeen has that flaw. It was leaked in the monster high magazine. The creator, garett sander, siad that his flaw is that no hair grows on his head. He ddid not say that this is why for sre, but i think so

    • bob

      I agree with gracie and some of those picture of those dolls the clothes were rearranged know this for a fact because I have the same clothes on the same doll in the picture when I bought it, the clothes were in a different order. and several young kids love the dolls. also the t.v. show is about embracing you’re differences no matter what

    • Jennifer

      I think monster high is great it’s not bad at all they are not ment to be sexy they are made to entertain girls I dissagree with what this thing said I have most of the dolls my self I love them very much and I don’t think garret sanders the creator of monster high would like this these dolls are made to show girls that they can be themselves and not be someone their not. And so what if the dolls are super skinny they are dolls. Madison Beer has a monster high doll that she customized herself the way she wanted it. There are play sets that let girls make their own monster high doll . I honestly disagree with what this thing says all of these reasons are stupid Monster High is awesome and I will bring this up with Garret Sanders my self and discuss it. Stop hating on Monster High it’s telling girls to be themselves,be unique ,be a monster

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    • sophie

      clawdeen, howleen and clawd wolf are black

    • Aloccin

      Good lord are you dumb. “No black characters”? are you kidding me? in a discussion the werecats have they bring up that the werewolves are NOT furred- they ARE black- all four released werewolf siblings have VERY obviously black features- and if you actually watched the show like you claimed to have it would be very blatantly obvious how culturally diverse the girls all are.
      “Three of the main characters are wealthy and have famous fathers”- so? the show still has members of the main cast who are from all walks of life.
      And conventionally attractive? the daughter of the yeti has an underbite from hell, the daughter of the sea monster barely has a nose, and clawdeen’s oldest sister literally do not get me started.
      And there is literally no proof whatsoever that none of them are trans have you never heard of hormone therapy? Do you know how many people you have potentially offended in saying this? And just because some of the girls are in relationships with guys you automatically label them as straight? You ever heard of being in the closet, or being bi or pan?
      Last thing- their bodies are stylized. they’re not meant to represent anyone and even the smallest of children are capable of understanding that these dolls are meant to have cartoony proportions. On adults who have become so damn jaded with everything in the world that they think that everything is literal have an issue with their proportions.

    • Allyson

      I used to like monster high but after searching up another doll it shows up MONSTER HIGH I’m like WHAT THE HECK?!?!?!? I mean too much of something can make you not like it anymore… I still see monster high stuff still out there today even when I’m searching for something else.

    • barbies are for dumb moms

      http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/419c9SA5gIL._SL500_AA280_.jpg
      check this out Barbie came out with at slutty doll

    • mom who never likes toys

      I don’t like my daughters thinking they have to act and dress as trashy as a barbie doll, but I have to say no matter what the Bratz toys are many times as slutty as the barbies. Barbie is an antique and a collectible now days

    • mom who never likes toys

      Barbie Is like sharpay a pink loving blonde

    • harleyquinn

      You are moaning about male crushes, there would be more of a controvesy if they were lesbians. As for body image they said the same tthing about barbie for years and I grew up not having issues as well as my friends.

    • sara

      There are BLACK MHD google Caty nior

    • Jordan

      Frances Locke couldn’t find her ass with both hands. People who know nothing about this doll line really should keep their stupid idiocy to themselves. There is tins of diversity in this line. Both racially, nationality-wise, and aesthetically. Lets start with race. Each character, while a monster, is based on a real race. Draculaura is Transylvanian. Lagoona is Australian, Honey Swamp is African American, Jinafire is Chinese, Spectra Vondergeist is German, Scarah Screams is Irish, Manny Taur is Greek, Clawdeen Wolf is Hispanic, Gigi Grant is Middle Eastern, Cleo and Nefera are Egyptian, Catrine DeMew is French, etc. Physically, yes, the dolls are super thin if u remove their clothes. There is a reason for that. Dolls bodies obviously do not have the softness that a human body does. The dolls are made super thin, so that when clothing is layed on them, (especially in layers) the doll does not look 10 miles wide. Complaining that the dolls dress too sexy is ridiculous. NO little girl wants a doll that has boring clothes. If you want boring clothes, and cherub-like infantile features, perhaps the American Girl Dolls are more your taste.
      As far as the show, it is cute. It is a psuedo high school drama style cartoon. And never once in the shows history, has a girl changed to make a boy like her. Unless it was one of the psuedo villains becoming a nice person. The show is AMAZING for little girls, because it teaches them to accept themselves as they are, and to NOT conform to what everyone thinks they should be. Each character has a “freaky flaw”. Some habit or personality difference that they are a bit self conscious about. The show embraces friendship, love, caring, understanding, and kindness. There are also plenty of boys in the line. Jackson Jeckyl/Holt Hyde, Clawd Wolf, Gill Gillington, Neighthan Rot, Slo Mo, Manny Taur, Invisi Billy, Deuce Gorgon, and Hoodude just to name a few.
      The show always puts the girls and their friends in some funny/embarrassing/crazy situation that they must come together to overcome. Thus promoting friendship, and teamwork. Even the villains are not really that bad. More just a bit selfish. (But every show needs characters like this to make it) Some episodes/pieces are so funny they make my ribs sore lol. If you want a doll line that is a good source of self esteem, and kindness, you dont get much better than Monster High.
      Some of the dolls vary in size too. Most, yes, are skinny. But some are taller, shorter, thicker, thinner, bigger feet, younger, older, etc. This blogger clearly hasnt actually DONE any research. Just another talentless blogger who thinks their opinion should be relevant.

    • Morgan

      I feel as if this article is being a bit too negative. The thing about some of the dolls being down right skeletal: uh hello, some are actually skeletons. Skelita for example is clearly a skeleton. I don’t think they make the dolls thin as a reflection of real beauty. Any intelligent human being can make a note of how Monster High dolls vastly differ from real people. I think the design of the Monster High dolls was clearly the vision of an artist. Their clearly not designed to reflect real human beauty. CLEARLY. I cannot emphasize that enough. They are fashion dolls. Anyone who has ever seen a fashion designers sketch book can tell that the sketched models are tall, thin, and otherwise unreal. But it doesn’t matter because the primary purpose of the sketch is to show the clothing designed. The models are suppose to be thin so they can show off the full design and so the design is not bent around the contours that come along with a real human figure. That was the original purpose for models and fashion dolls. We often get too caught up in the models or the dolls than the actual design. And I think one of the benefits of the dolls being monsters was clearly so that they could avoid issues such as race. I mean of course the dolls don’t really differentiate in facial features but they do differentiate in other departments. Like skin color; many of the dolls have abnormal skin colors like pink and green. Shall this too be an issue of unrealistic beauty? Seriously, the heavy criticism that rains down upon children’s toys is ridiculous. I think that the best part about Monster High is that they are unreal. The concept of a high school populated entirely by monsters is unreal. Is this too an issue? Children like to escape the mundane. If they did not, they wouldn’t play pretend games at all. Who are we to deny them their fantasies just because we don’t find it anatomically correct? Do you think the children are concerned with this? My guess is no. If we followed your argument than maybe we should ban all toys. I mean raggedy Anne for example; not everyone is a ginger I mean that’s racially exclusive. And the fact that her name includes the word raggedy! Children will think its okay to call other children raggedy. Children who come from privileged backgrounds will feel shame because they are not raggedy. Pft. I came here looking for strong arguments to incorporate into my essay and all I found was a weak, seemingly conservative, argument about how fashion dolls designed after FICTIONAL monsters don’t possess realistic human qualities. I have one word for you: Duh!

    • Joy Ward

      From an adult stand point the dolls are somewhat stereotypical. Basically Barbie with “alternative” clothes on. Lets face it a short skirt from Hot Topic looks no different than a short skirt from Abercrombie & Fitch even though back in High School a “goth” wouldn’t cross that “preppy” line…

      So from a kid standpoint they’re different from the normal pinkwash crap. I think most of us are advocating that they at least make dolls that are “identifiable”. Ghoulish details aside, do they really need to wear skirts that short? and I don’t think I ever saw girls in my high school wear high heels even though they are super cute on these dolls…

      Our subconscious even as little girls likes to emulate what we think of as popular and acceptable whether it be the preppy form or goth form, and no matter which kind of toy it is should take on some form of “dignity” and “versatility”. It’s 2014 and we’ve yet to have a feminine doll made proportionally correct.

    • tae is cool today

      I would actually argue that Monster High is surprisingly impressive in terms of different races! Clawdeen and her siblings are all black, and let’s not forget Honey Swamp, who is by far my favorite. There are dolls from China, Mexico,and Egypt. The only problem I see in terms of diversity is the fact that Clawdeen reminds me of those “sassy black girl” caricatures.

      I think the dolls are surpisingly creative too, and have a lot of attention to detail! I myself have a couple, and the kids I babysit really love them. Never have they expressed resentment of their body because of a doll. I would think they would pay more attention to where their imagination brings them and the doll’s clothes than anything else.

      In my opinion, the only thing that could make it better was a LGBT doll!

    • Aly

      Well, what I think is that they look……….. I’m just gonna say not so pretty and i think that it is very weird that they are colors….

    • w

      they are hypersexualised because they have shoulder-blades?

      k

    • oni

      Who ever wrote this artical has no life because they don’t have as much information about monster high as they think.monster high is about celebrating differences and what they said about them having all white is wrong and they themselves don’t know anything about race because Hispanic & Egyptian are different races and there are African American students at monster high so learn more about them before you judge and by the way only an adult would care about the fact that these dolls don’t have a average body THERE NOT SUPPOSE TO! ! There dolls and I’m a 14 and I know that only an adult would notice these things just so they can have something to complain about and there insucure about themselves (that’s just my opinion) I love monster high and I always will

    • oni

      Who ever wrote this artical is a stupid ass BICTH who needs to get there facts straight