Are You Offended That This Doll Is Teaching Girls To Wax?

According to this doll’s description: ‘Plucking and shaving is definitely a full-time job but that’s a small price to pay for being scarily fabulous.’ Some of her hobbies include flirting with boys and waxing away unwanted hair.

I was sort of shocked – because although, yes wearing skirts that short perhaps means that a Brazilian wouldn’t be the worst idea – I’m really in favor of keeping that area of life a secret from girls until they’re say, 7 and a half. Given that she’s being bought for girls as young as five, this seems a little crazy.

I was shocked, until I realized that she’s apparently the daughter of a werewolf, making her her half werewolf herself (I imagine that her mother is either Lil’ Kim or a turn of the century French prostitute). She’s part of a set of dolls that are supposed to be from “Monster High.” So I switched back! And I was like “oh, hah, people take things too seriously that are dumb! They’re just pointing out that she’s a werewolf! Fine!”

But then the Mattel spokesperson – instead of just saying “hah! You morons!” – started trying to justify why this doll was waxing her entire body and explained that the dolls are “all about celebrating your imperfections.” Well, I’m not sure that having bodily hair is really a big imperfection, and if she’s waxing it all off it doesn’t really seem like she’s “celebrating it” so much as “eliminating it entirely” but… okay. I guess. Sure.

And then the spokeperson explained “Girls of a certain age know about the embarrassment of unwanted hair in unwanted places.” Oh, Jesus Christ. Really? These dolls are popular with 5 year olds. Do they really have to worry about the embarrassment of unwanted hair just yet? Can’t they continue to worry about being exposed for killing neighborhood children just a little while longer? Can’t they worry about suffocating the handyman? Whatever happened to youth?

In conclusion, I only played with gnomes as a child.

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    • K

      I’ve got a problem with what she’s wearing. And who the eff cares about waxing unwanted hair, at that age??? I was getting concerned when I started high school! And why would a werewolf be concerned with waxing away hair, when they could be, say, killing flocks of sheep instead? Shouldn’t she be more worried about those ears on her head? LOL. Unrealistic, Mattel.

    • ALS

      I just don’t understand why toys that are made for young girls have to be so sexualized and inappropriate. I would never buy this toy for my 5yo. I had the same issue with Bratz dolls. As a child therapist, I have a very vivid memory of one of my clients (a 5yo female with an eating disorder, yes you read that right) playing with a Bratz doll, that she had brought from home, during one of our sessions. She remarked while she was playing that she just wanted to look like the doll-skinny and pretty. This was a 5yo! Regardless of how unrealistic it would be for an adult female to look like this doll, this girl was even further from that ideal as she hadn’t hit puberty yet. Of course, her parents influenced some of her poor eating behaviors. Mom also had an eating disorder, dad reinforced not eating in the home because he thought it made his wife more attractive, but still why must we perpetuate this female form that is unachievable. Look at this particular doll’s legs, waist, etc. I also agree that wanting to change something about who you are to fit in is wrong. It’s wrong that they are talking about waxing when the doll is marketed towards younger girls, but it’s even worse that the description assumes that the character would not be accepted on her own unless she waxed. I’m disgusted by Mattel and these products. I’m not a huge fan of Barbie either, but somehow she has always been more innocent and less sexualized than either this brand of doll or the Bratz dolls.

    • Vixxan

      I am offended!!! I think its sad to put this kind of stuff on the minds of children. Also, giving a child a doll that looks like a hooker as a example of beauty is disturbing.

    • Danielle

      Makes you appreciate Barbie just a little bit.

    • ktree

      What is the deal with the cat (?) in the bottom right? Wouldn’t it be a bad idea for a werewolf girl to have a pet?
      Anyway as far as the “teaching little girls to be hookers with no body hair” aspect of it… I really just have no words. I mean, I though bratz dolls were bad… but it actually discusses plucking, shaving and waxing (and spending as much your young life as is necessary, no less) in the description of the doll? Oh and flirting with boys. Because anyone who plays with dolls should definitely be encouraged to flirt with boys.

    • Gffdffr

      What’s bad about waxing?Oh wait it sexualises and exploits innocent 16 year olds