Posted by Hilary Parker on June 29, 2011
Ladies, I’ve got two daughters. Granted, one of them’s just seven months old and the other isn’t quite six, but I still feel the heat from the tween train coming down the tracks.
We suffered through my older daughter’s Princess phase, and now have moved on to Barbie. While the merits of the more modern Barbie (with Mattel’s emphasis on careers) often are outweighed by the sheer amount of makeup the dolls wear, I get her interest. Barbie’s glam. She’s put together. She’s… everything her mom isn’t. But I think that’s a subject for my therapist. What I’m trying to say is this: Although I have mom friends who absolutely will not allow their daughters to play with anything Barbie-related, I appreciate their appeal.
What I don’t appreciate are the Bratz dolls. This line came out before I was a parent, and I was appalled even then. This is one of the only pre-parenting “my child will NEVER…” rules that I’ve stuck to. What is up with these dolls? They look like Ladies of the Night, if you get what I mean. Like adult movie “stars” — post-surgery. They make Barbie look like a real role model.
Anyway, it’s a good thing I don’t have lots of love for the Bratz girls, because the company that manufactures the line, MGA Entertainment, just recalled 6,200 Bratz Makeup Design Sketch Books for STAPH. Yep, because nothing looks better than a swollen, infected eye.
While the company says that the two types of Staphylococcus the sketch books are potentially contaminated with (S. warneri and S. intermedius) only rarely cause infections in humans, certain individuals can become infected. And get this: If the infection is left untreated, it “may lead to sight-threatening complications.”
Great. So we’ve got the Bratz leading the blind? I think I’ll stick with Barbie. That said, if anyone out there can explain the Bratz’ appeal, please do so in the comments section below (just be sure to hunt the sketch book down and get it out of your house first).