Ugly Girls

Note: most of the posts on this blog aim to be inspirational and uplifting. This one is neither. Sorry.

I think those with a ‘homeschool heart’ will understand that sometimes truth just needs to be heard.

For the second time in a week I have run into the ugliest girls I ever met. I’m not being mean. It’s simply true- they’re hideous. Dubbed “Monster High Girls” , they are 10 inch or so fashion dolls and marketed to little children ages 6 to 12. They have been around since last summer, although I’ve been blessed not to have seen them until now.  These manufacturer-proclaimed “fashionista dolls” are supposedly the teenage daughters of famous monsters like Frankenstein, Dracula and Werewolf . They are dressed in tight, black, purple or aqua tummy-showing, gothic -looking outfits. They have doe eyes.  Some have pouty open lips with fangs and heavy makeup. They were lurking last week in aisle four of Target, beckoning my daughter and me in sassy poses, right between Barbie and My Little Pony.

Now, you may not be the biggest Barbie fan, and I’ll give you that  Barbie has her own issues- clothes that often show her cleavage and a bit more glitz, glam and self-aggrandizing sparkle than some moms want for their smart daughters, but  let’s be honest here- Barbie is  relatively harmless. I mean, she does ballet in Twelve Dancing Princesses, has a princess ball gown collection (pretty and fairly modest too), does own some sweet vintage clothes. She becomes a vet, marries Ken, has a baby and is nice to her cute little sister Kelly, who is a flower girl and goes to birthday parties.  These “Monster High Girls”, however, are a cross between Bratz dolls and sexy goth vamps, some sporting unusual piercings or wearing ultra-short skirts with black fishnet hose and stiletto heels. There are fangs on some and horns on another. My opinion is that they normalize the occult. Did I mention these are for little girls aged 6 to 12?

So, tonight I was in a trendy children’s store looking for a certain type of white sweater for my nine year old who is singing in a choir event tomorrow. We had already checked Kohls for what we needed and since we had no luck there I thought I’d try this other store, which was in the same strip mall. At this store, unlike at Target which I’d been at earlier, the Monster girls had their own creepy corner. It was like a small little room of Halloween amidst an otherwise bright and cheery atmosphere. Displayed in that odd corner was Monster girl glitzy clothing too — Skulls and pink – black bats and sequins. I was really surprised. Are there really moms who don’t mind their daughters playing in the sandbox or going to gymnastics in these?

The Monster girls are getting rave reviews from toy bloggers and collectors.  They’re called ‘cute’ (I had to read that again- I could have sworn they said ‘cut’.) They were called “hot new toys”. Well, I guess I agree with the “hot”. Do people really see these horrid things as innocuous playthings for their children?  It’s hard to fathom.

Later at home, I got online to investigate and I found out that the Monster High dolls are just the beginning. They have a place to sleep, you know. It is called a Draculaura Jewelry Coffin. Imagine your sweet daughter putting her doll to bed in this:

When your girls are finished playing with their ghoulish dolls and tucking them into their coffins, they can then write their ideas down in a Monster Fearbook Journal,

which comes with an old fashioned skull key . Inside the journal there is a ‘fiendish faculty ‘ page.

Now, according to a recent government report Educator Sexual Misconduct:A Synthesis of Existing iterature Prepared for the U.S. Department of Education By Charol Shakeshaft Hofstra  University and Interactive, Inc., (and frankly, evidence everywhere in the newspapers and on the internet)  teacher/student abuse is up. According to the government report, the percentage of U.S. students subject to sexual misconduct by school staff varies from 3.7 to 50.3 percent in some areas …and nearly 9.6 percent of students are targets of educator sexual misconduct sometime during their school career. Am I the only one who thinks that a toy manufacturer is insensitive to this when its notebook includes a “fiendish (“wicked”, “evil”, “monstrous”, “brutal”, “cruel”)  faculty” page?

Mattel manufactures the “Monster High” girls (I don’t know if this surprises you but the same people who bring us Dora the Explorer and Polly Pocket manufactures these) According to Mattel’s own corporate responsibility statement, its  “mission is to positively impact our people, our products and our planet “ (  http://corporate.mattel.com/about-us/corporate-responsibility.aspx ) Do they mean they try to positively impact their employees? Because I don’t really see how this product positively impacts any little children people.

Let’s consider another “Monster High” product—the High Terrifying Tatoo roller http://shop.mattel.com/product/index.jsp?productId=4312031 which promises to “…make your daughter look like a student from Monster High! …. Just select a tattoo roller, place it in the bone applicator, roll it in ink, and apply to your skin. There are six designs to choose from — stitches, bite marks, claw marks, scales, snake skin, and mummy wrap.” Who needs hearts and flowers when you have  this?

Now,  before I go off on a tangent about the Monster High Icoffin, Transforming Bag, or Skull Sensor Door Alarm (not kidding) let’s meet a few of the girls who are based from monster movies and horror fiction. —

Here’s Clawdeen.

“The daughter of the Werewolf, this howlingly hip fashionista is totally fierce and sassy. Clawdeen Wolf doll is fully articulated and comes with a stand, so you can pose her in lots of fun ways”. She comes with her own black cat. Click on the “video demo” tab on the lower right of this web page to view where she goes to school.

Here’s Frankie Stein

a “bold — and bolted — fashionista”.

The cool couple of Monster High includes “Daughter of the Mummy, Cleo de Nile™ … one sassy ghoul with a monster ‘tude, and Deuce Gorgon™, the son of Medusa” .

Oh, I forgot to tell you–  everybody’s hands pop off.

If your daughters—did I mention aged six to 12?—want to watch episodes of Monster High on You Tube, they will have their choice with titles such as “Higher Deaducation”, “Beast Friends” and “Fear-a Mid- Power” – They can also go to MonsterHigh.com  http://www.monsterhigh.com/ to see how they study “Home Ick” and “Mad Science”  or play interactive games like “Freakout” , “Dawn of the Dance” http://www.monsterhigh.com/dawn-of-dance-game or “Ghoul Juice” , the latter of which invites your child to participate with Ghoulia, to make ancient zombie potions …

The Monster High Fright song on You Tube, which casually introduces the characters, currently has more than four million hits—I’m guessing mostly kids, although I’m really not sure. Read the comment section- how much kids love the catchy beat. Would you like to see the lyrics?

Fright Song lyrics

(Hahaha)
(Oh, you give me the chills!)

Walking down a darkened hallway
Everybody turns to look at you
It’s not because you’re different
It’s just because you’re so scary cool

A sinister style, mystery with a smile
You’re drop dead gorgeous, drop dead gorgeous
High school gives me the creeps, but when I’m with my
peeps
You can’t ignore us
This is where the ghoul kids rule!

Monster, monster high
Monster high
Monster, monster high
Come on, don’t be shy
Monster high
The party never dies

Monster, monster high
Monster high
Monster, monster high
Freaky chic,and fly
Monster high
Where student bodies lie

Hey, Frankie Stein’s got me falling apart
Draculaura’s stealing my heart
Clawdeen Wolf can make me howl at the moon
Yeah Lagoona Blue’s fishing this lagoon
Cleo De Nile, you’re so beguile
Even though you act so vile (uh huh)
And Deuce has stone-cold style
These are my boos, my skeleton crew
A little strange, but so are you
Don’t you wanna be a monster, too?

Oh, freaky just got fabulous
[ From : http://www.elyrics.net/read/m/monster-high-lyrics/fright-song-lyrics.html ]
Everbody wants a piece of you
The stars all smile, let’s be realistic
Most characteristic, most hippin’ horrific

A sinister style, mystery with a smile
You’re drop dead gorgeous, drop dead gorgeous
High school gives me the creeps, but when I’m with my
peeps
You can’t ignore us
This is where the ghoul kids rule!

Monster, monster high
Monster high
Monster, monster high
Come on, don’t be shy
Monster high
The party never dies

Monster, monster high
Monster high
Monster, monster high
Freaky chic,and fly
Monster high
Where student bodies lie

M-O-N-S-T-E-R
Monsters, monsters, so bizarre
M-O-N-S-T-E-R
Monsters, monsters, yes we are
(x2)

(Monster, monster high
Monster high
Monster, monster high
Come on, don’t be shy
Monster high
The party never dies)

Monster, monster high
Monster high
Monster, monster high
Freaky chic,and fly
Monster high
Where student bodies lie

We’ve got spirits, yes we do
We’ve got spirits, how ’bout you?
(x2)

http://www.elyrics.net/read/m/monster-high-lyrics/fright-song-lyrics.html

Did I mention “Monster High” girls are targeted to children age 6 to 12?

The dolls are already a big success.

Is anyone scared yet?

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24 Responses to Ugly Girls

  1. What other CRAP are they going to come out with for our young girls! Thanks for this post as I have not heard of these dolls (yet). They remind me of those stupid BRATZ dolls that are banned from our house. Why do we need to encourage girls to be bratty with bratty “role models”? Learning about real role models, like saints and people with good morals, are the only role models I want my children to have!
    Oh it’s so difficult to raise our daughters (and sons) in this crazy world! God help parents who want to raise holy saints!

    • B says:

      Yes, how dare they come up with this crap where it doesn’t matter what you’re like on the inside it’s your personality that counts. I am so angered that Mattel has realized that not all little girls like girly toys. How dare they! Also, it is terrible that they’re actually trying to make money off of franchises towards little girls (or boys). You’d think they’d lose their business if they didn’t!

  2. Oh UGH! I haven’t had the *pleasure* of encountering these abominable things yet! Thankfully I don’t think my daughter would be interested – but seriously?? What happened to princesses and hearts, puppies and baby dolls??? I’m going to link to this post on my latest blog post from my Missionary Mommy Site – I just did a post on ugliness and its marketing and effect on our children….this certainly fits the bill. Disgusting. Thanks for writing this!

  3. Jenny says:

    Ugh. I have not seen these yet and I pray I won’t. We avoid toys aisles, so hopefully my children won’t see them either. Good grief, this just proves people will buy anything so long as it is marketed correctly.

  4. Barbara says:

    And to think I thought Bratz were bad. Fortunately my only daughter is still young enough to listen when I tell her some things are not for us, and why. The thing is, children know that some things are innately bad, and they get mixed messages when adults make them o.k. That does not bode well for their future, when they learn to ignore those feelings. Just another example of our culture infiltrating our family life — I’ve been writing about that this week.

  5. Dear Theresa,

    Thank you so much for the heads up on this. Truly sad. I will be sure to pass this along to all my mom friends.

    God bless you,
    Dawn Marie Roeder

  6. whatsaysyou says:

    I give my hats off to you for writing this blog post and those dolls you mentioned all look downright creepy, sexualised and inappropriate (and triple eww from me). I wouldn’t give a little girl that kind of toy. You are not the only one who is concerned and please keep it up.

    • B says:

      M’am, with all due respect the specific dolls you showed are the absolute worst your going to see- all the other dolls are much better.
      So, I have to disagree with whatsaysyou. These aren’t creepy, sexualised, or inappropriate. Do you have some sort of bad experience with dolls? If so, I’d love to hear it and then tell you that you don’t need to worry about Monster High.

  7. Thanks, girls. I agree with you all 🙂 God bless- T.

  8. snowy says:

    When these came out, a few of the doll collectors I know online posted photos, and I assumed that (like the other dolls we collect) they were marketed to adults as collector’s items. I’m a bit disturbed that they’re being marketed to small children… The adult collectors seem to like them (well, except for me) but I can’t fathom a little child liking them… :S

  9. amber says:

    Are they seriously marketing this to 6-12 year olds?!?!?!
    Im 14 and sure they look cool but I would certainly not let my baby cousins touch these things at all! I think they should market these toys to teens. I wouldn’t even touch those clothes personally they need to be waaaaay more covered up!

  10. Amanda says:

    I am a 10 year old and my mom thought that the dolls were cute and she didn’t have a problem with these dolls so she bought me 2 Draculaura and Frankie Stein but after we read this we were surprised so we threw them away thanks but I never even had the idea to wear the fake tattoos or the clothes of that the kids at my school they would make fun of me if I were caught with that yikes so thanks anyway ;D.

    • Thank you for your comments, Amanda!
      Have you heard that saying “junk in, junk out”? or “good stuff in, good stuff out”? What that means is basically that we become what we think about the most. If we put good things in our mind, good things will result. If we put bad things in our minds, bad things will result. How smart of you to decide to ditch the dolls! You have so many gifts and talents! Time to discover THOSE!!! 🙂

      Is it art? sports? What is your passion? Put your interest towards those things and you will be doing great things to reach future goals! God bless you, Amanda! 🙂 ❤

  11. Lean says:

    u are wrong i like thease dolls and im 14, i think they are realy pretty and u are jellouse cuz of that u cant take good pictures of them

    • I’m sorry you feel that way, Lean. The dolls may have cute clothes but they do have an ability to influence, whether you believe so or not. Believe me, I am not jealous in the least. I would encourage you to spend some time exploring your goals and interests instead of pouring time into playing with dolls like these. Do you have an interest in writing? Art? Sports? Baking? Photography? Perhaps you would like to learn to sew or do something else? I would encourage you to look into those activities rather than spending your money on these dolls which make the manufacturer rich and do nothing to enhance your life. God bless you, Lean, and have a wonderful day! 🙂 ❤

    • B says:

      You seem to think that buying these dolls don’t do any good for the buyers- in that case you are dead wrong.
      Ever heard of “customs”? That’s where you buy a doll and make it your own, and sell them for profit.
      You also seem to think that you must be benefited from everything. Here’s the thing: we do this for fun. And maybe to earn a bit of money along the way. I’m not going to bother trying to explain it to you, because I know you won’t understand.
      With all due respect since I am in no way trying to criticize anything of yours other than your view on these franchises (and even that I am trying to do respectfully),
      Anonymous

  12. storyteller5 says:

    Sometimes we take things a tad too seriously. I think the dolls are a cute, fun replacement for the Barbie doll. I wish they’d been around when I was a kid. Most of the kids I played with back then liked the “bad” characters the best because they were the most interesting…remember Skeletor from HeMan and the Purple Pieman and Sour Grapes from Strawberry Shortcake?

    These dolls are just fun, and they don’t promote the same poor body image as Barbie dolls. Since they’re monsters, I can’t see little girls seriously wanting to look like them (except on Halloween). The creators of Monster High put a lot of thought into clever puns and twists on classic Hollywood monster tales. I can’t see anyone going to hell because they played with one.

  13. My daughter thought these were cool until I pointed out the blood on the fangs of one of the dolls. She quickly decided these were not for her. She hasn’t asked for one since. Very few girls her age like these, but they are crazy about the Ever After High series. It’s been very hard for my daughter to hear about them daily at school and not be allowed to play with these weird looking dolls. I hope the monster fad is over soon.

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