Hooray! This story is a couple of weeks old, but it gave me great cheer. Slutwear is on its way out. I'm looking forward to being able to take my 8 year-old daughter shopping again without having to fight to keep the hoochie clothes out of the cart. No more hoochie slutwear received as gifts. I'm looking forward to seeing Rachel draw pictures of little girls who are not wearing low-slung pants or skirts and high-cut mid-drifts and prostitute shoes.
(Fashion Show Barbie, Mattel)
Adults can wear anything they want. I've never had issues with anything anyone does. Ever. But I hate having provocative adult styles pushed on little girls. Anything novel to make a buck. Let's dress 'em up like little sluts. Calvin Klein and Aberchrombie & Fitch manufactured and sold thong underwear for little girls!
If this sounds extreme to you, imagine how you might feel when it's your own little girl. Well, if the trend's on the way out, maybe you'll never have to.
Okay, since I'm in the rant-mode now, let's talk about the Disney Channel. It disgusts me to see the way appearance is valued over substance in most of the Disney shows. (Try sitting through a couple of hours of Disney Channel programming, particularly anything starring Hillary Duff.) My daughter Rachel spends a lot of time in front of the mirror agonizing over wardrobe decisions like it's all of some great consequence, just like the Disney girls do. Echhh! I've had to ban the Disney Channel in this house, with all its shallow female stereotypes.
Actually, nothing says it better than Barbie. Mattel describes Barbie as follows:
More than a doll.Yeah. They have Third World Barbie, too. She doesn't have a name, but she's a Masai from Kenya. She's from the 1990s. Rachel has one that looks like an updated Masai and her name is Nykisha or something like that. She looks a little wealthier and has gold lame flat-soled sandals and gold bracelets, anklets and neck rings.
From fashion selection to vintage collection, she's everything.
From urban teen to fantasy queen, she's every girl.
From surf and sand to fairyland, she's everywhere.
With more than $3.6 billion at retail, Barbie's the #1 girl's brand worldwide.
For every girl. From every world.
And they've got a Barbie for almost any lifestyle, even Harley Davidson Barbie.
Mattel hast ruly taken Barbie to new levels. No, it's not Off-Duty Dominatrix Barbie. Allow me to introduce Mattel's Cool Looks Trendy, Bendy Barbie...
...and her "My Scene" friend, Madison, complete with accessories.
Meet Barbie's friend, Nolee, two versions.
They like to shop together when they're not out turning tricks.
Yep, Slutwear is alive and well, at Mattel. I think I'm going to buy a bunch of these dolls and make a movie.
Now, if you really want a pathetic laugh, check out Barbie's blog. You won't have to go do the Disney Channel thing after this. It all sounds the same.
What's much funnier is to check out Barbie's life in the 'hood. It's not as funny as the Barbie Animated Kama Sutra, which disappeared from the web several years ago, to my great sadness. Nothing made me howl in laughter like that did, mostly because you had to wait for dozens of little scenes with Barbie and Ken dolls in their various positions to load, and they were funny enough. But as soon as they all loaded, they'd simultaneously start movin'. Doin' it. Gettin' it on. It was absolutely hilarious and just thinking about it has me cracking up. Oh, how I long for the site to slip back in under Mattel's nose.
Oh, yeah. Barbie in the Hood. While on her blog page, click "Flava" from the scrolling links at the top. Or, you can click here. Once you get there, you can join her crew (funny, there's not a sista in the bunch, and only one brotha), and her homeys will give you a "flava name" if ya want. My choices were Diamond L, L Light, (Renard will like that one...inside joke), or Pinky Boo. This site is beyond belief. There is not a single urban cliche or stereotype (that they could get away with on a toy site) missing here.
Her are some other possibilities for the Barbie line.
Dare we wonder why other countries have the opinions of American culture that they do???