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All Dolled Up: How Safe Are The Toy Choices Parents Make?

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Submitted by MiaB

As much as most of us WANT our children to enjoy their childhood and none of us, dads in particular, are in no rush to see their little girls grow up, most of us “do” find it “peculiarly” cute to see baby boys in suits, sport coats, and let’s fact it leather jackets ands un glasses. And, how adorable are little ladies when they are all “dolled up”? And, according to the pros, from the books they read, to the toys they play with, it all contributes to shaping their self-image and personality. In fact, they add that most of the “girly” toys and clothing available (and that we’re buying) are too sexy for our kids, and fail to promote (according to scientific researchers) a healthy childhood and childhood innocence.

The researchers were especially critical towards the new genre of dolls that don mini skirts and fishnet stockings as their typical attire and that seem to outsell traditional dolls such as Barbie by two to one (at least in Britain).

The American Psychological Association (APA) goes on to suggest that marketers target young girl’s need to be pretty and accepted, as well as their desire for affection and to conform which they note leads to eating disorders, low self-esteem and depression. Furthermore, the experts assert that by allowing our children to express themselves through these clothes and toys we are teaching them about our attitudes and adding to the pressures of social sexualisation.

In fact, the chairman of the APA notes that the overall effects of sexualisation of girls in the media commonly result in negative influences on young ladies and healthy development, including, and according to research in areas of cognitive functioning, physical and mental health and healthy sexual attitudes and development.

Finally they note that parents can take an active part in either fostering unhealthy development by making unsound choices or taking a protective and educative role.

Among some of the other toys and items “professional parents” expressed issue with include:

1. The Peekaboo dance poll: a miniature pole-dancing kit for kids to help them keep in shape.

2. Sexy mini-thongs for tweens

3. Playboy eraser sets

4. Bratz funky diamond torso: Complete with bling, glitter and makeup to reinforce the NEED to take glamour “over the top”.

5. Polly Pocket So Hip Cruise: Teaching our little girls all about the essentials of lounging by the pool, all-you-can-eat buffets, saunas, hot tubs, spa treatments and the life of luxury.

6. Barbie hot tub party bus: More hot tub action

7. My scene bling bikini party: According to parents, wrong on so many levels, especially since the fun it offers is simply watching a doll hang out.




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