Given the rise of Monster High Dolls, Bratz dolls, and so forth, Barbie has slowly dropped in the list of problematic toys — for some parents. But one mother who took issue with Barbie’s nudey dimensions sought a DIY solution that involves nothing more than multi-colored Sharpies. And a flair for bathing suits. More
Topic: children’s toys
There 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 doll’s 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. More
If I had a gazillion dollars sitting around and I had all ready bought all of the Ben&Jerry’s Coffee Coffee Buzz Buzz ice cream and whisked you all off to a wondrous vacation where we all lounged on the beach and drank foofoo cocktails with cocktail umbrellas in them and donated some money to charity and bought a gigantic house with a special cat room with cat tunnels and cat towers and purchased Koa Beck her own real life Bambi I would totally buy these. More
I hate stuffed animals. Haaaaaate them. I see nothing wrong with ONE lovey or maybe two but anything over that and I am all secretly dumping them when my kids are at school. I’m a terrible person More
JUNK is expensive, amirite? Junk costs money and sometimes you spend money on junk and your kid plays with it for three minutes and there goes thirty bucks that you could have easily spent on something wonderful , like cake. So if your kids are driving you semi-cray but you still love them and you wanna find something to keep them busy for a few minutes, I’ve got some ideas for ya. More
I don’t see Barbie dolls as anything more than a vehicle for a child’s creative expression. I’m not even hung up on Bratz dolls, either, although personally I don’t find their sassy expressions aesthetically pleasing. But if my daughter wants to play with Bratz, I won’t say no. More
Once upon a time in a faraway land and by faraway land I mean in your kid’s toybox all your Lego guys were happy little guys with smiley little faces but now they are all mad as hell and aren’t going to take it anymore! Grrrr! Actually, a study conducted by Christopher Bartneck of New Zealand’s University of Canterbury Human Interface Technology Laboratory shows that since their introduction in 1975, Lego figure faces have been getting crankier and crankier. That’s right, your Lego has bitch face. More
My kids are so stereotypically gendered, it’s crazy. I’m not sure how this works, except to say that when my daughter was a baby she was so, so much different than my 1-year-old son.
“That’s boys for you!” my friends who have boys will tell me when I speak of how different my girl and boy are. More
A moment of mourning for a 2-year-old little girl who was fatally wounded by her 5-year-old brother. While children accidently shooting one another is a unfortunately a recurring story, this little boy wasn’t tinkering with his parents’ unattended firearm collection. Not in the least. This kid had a rifle of his very own, designed specifically for kids. Record scratch. More
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In yet another adage about makeup aging a person (see Courtney Stodden for examples), a photo of “Barbie without makeup” is making the Internet rounds. And without her schlack of war paint, I dare say Barbie doesn’t look a day older than 17. Okay, maybe a hard partying 17. More
Karen Green Braithwaite of New York, NY is petitioning Mattel to offer party supplies featuring Barbies of color. Apparently, if a little girl wants to throw a Barbie-themed birthday party, she’d better be cool with her banners, tablecloths, plates, cups and napkins featuring blonde-haired, blue-eyed Barbie. Because that’s all they have. More
It started with the Monster High dolls. I remember seeing them in the toy aisle with their Bratz-style bobble-heads, short skirts, and fishnet stockings. I immediately didn’t like them and steered my daughter away, vaguely mumbling something about inappropriateness when she asked to look at them. Now, there’s a younger-skewed monster doll line called Vamplets, and it seems like I just can’t get away from these trendy little creeps. More
For two months, toy stores have been updating their aisles with the newest 2013 offerings. They’re done with the “Hot Holiday Toys.” They know you’ve already bought all those. They want you to have new options for the new year. And one of the biggest new releases for 2013 toys has to be Barbie blocks, formally called Barbie Build n’ Style. More