I can handle the idea of talking to kids about Barbie's unrealistic proportions — I was a big fan as a child and never felt myself feeling insecure around a doll. But from Bratz to Monster High to what My Little Pony has become, I see no reason for kids to be parading around scantily clad teens or ponies or whatever. No siree.
Likelihood That It'll Last (on a Scale of 1-10): 7 — Right now we only have a little boy. A truck-, plane-, and train-loving boy. But who knows what the future holds. If we ever have a little girl, I'm well aware that I can't control her birthday gifts or what she's exposed to at friends' houses.
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My daughter has all the monster high dolls. I love how they are different and do not have the expectations they should have big boobs and a tiny waist. These dolls are different and I think its teaching these girls that different and imperfections are ok. And barbies clothes are no different from any of these other dolls clothes, except barbies are less colorful. These other dolls express there individualism and different is ok. It's all in a persons perception. Just like boys and play guns, it's not the toys fault they end up a certain way, it's all the people that influence that, not a toy!
As a mom of a 9 year old daughter with many Monster High dolls I can say that having them ....even scantily clad....hasn't made my daughter want to dress like a hoochie. What she likes about them is that each doll is a different species and unique. She also enjoys the Monster High videos where there is typically a "lesson" to the story about accepting others even if they are different. So while I understand your concern about those types of dolls I can say from experience my child only gets positive lessons from liking them.