Tag Archives: Bratz

Bratz Dolls May Give Girls Unrealistic Expectations

At some point, you have to be okay with your little head and be okay with having a nose. Once again, The Onion peels up a priceless slice of satire.

Why Do We Dress Our Daughters Like Skanks?

I was in a local bookstore doing some post holiday exchanges when the cover of the January 1st edition of Maclean’s magazine virtually jumped off the shelf and smacked me across the face.

Macleans cover

The cover features a very young girl around 10, wearing a miniskirt, fishnet stockings and pink tank top with silver lettering on it that says “Made You look”. Uh, yep, you did. The cover article is called “Why do we dress our daughters like skanks?”

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Speling is Kule!

Is it just me, or has spelling become cool? Our local newspaper has been following the progress of a local girl competing in the Canadian national spelling bee. The journey of the girl has been front page news, competing side by side for newspaper space with our local junior hockey team’s playoff run.

Perhaps it all started with Spellbound, a fabulous documentary that followed the journey of 8 kids to the U.S. national Spelling Bee. And it looks like the spelling bee may be getting another mass media shot in the arm with the upcoming release of Akeelah and the Bee, a big budget feature starring Angela Bassett and Laurence Fishbourne .

Whatever the reason for the spelling bees rise to pop culture prominence, I can’t help but think it’s a great thing when brainiacs get a chance to be cool and have movies made about them. Certainly beats some of the dreck role models (like, oh say Bratz, who used to have a tagline which said “Don’t theorize, accessorize”?) that kids seem to have.