Friday, October 23, 2009

Are Cartoons Getting too Sexy for Kids?

Hey there. I need to throw in my two cents on this topic. I believe that a child should be a child and spend their youth being a kid. Chores, play, games, school, cartoons, you know, the normal kid stuff. But recently, I've seen a trend come to pass that I am not pleased with and it seems that it is aimed at the young ladies of this world. I am talking about "sexy" and inappropriate images in cartoons and cartoon products. Here are some of those items that have cause for concern.


I am not a fan of Bratz. I think they take this movement waaaaaay overboard. Our first encounter with these dolls happened back when our oldest daughter received a "Baby Bratz" as a gift. Nothing wrong with a little having a baby, right? WRONG! The baby was wearing a thong. A THONG! I don't see how this can be interpreted as cute or anything of the like. A baby should be in diapers, or some kind of baby outfit. Not in a mini skirt, a tank top, and a thong. Since then, we have pretty much removed most Bratz items from the house. I don't like what they stand for either. Our daughter was young when she received that doll and recently she asked that we rent a Bratz movie to watch. It was animated and considering that she was older, we felt that we would check it out before letting her see it. My goodness, they were all airheads, they cared nothing but their appearance and boys, and spent their free time singing and shopping. Kids are pretty impressionable at this age and I don't like these figures. Needless to say, that was that for Bratz.

Dora the Explorer

The direction that Dora is heading is more of a disappointment more than anything else. The idea for Dora was a great one. A child goes off in adventures with her monkey Boots all the while, teaching kids a few Spanish words. My youngest daughter loves it. I liked that she picked up some Spanish. Even though we are of Spanish heritage, we just don't speak it at home so it was nice that she would learn a thing or two from Dora and her grandparents. Recently, Dora has gotten a makeover. A more older Dora, whose hair magically changed color, wearing leggings, and lipstick. Is Dora trying to become the latest Bratz? If this is supposed to be a tween Dora, I don't like the fact that she has on lipstick. I doubt Dora will be going on adventures in heels and lipstick... unless she's going on mall expeditions from now on.

Rainbow Brite

This is the latest to get the makeover. Though I was not a huge fan of Rainbow Brite as a kid, I know the cartoon from my youth. Rainbow Brite and the Star Kids (I think) were kids who went on missions to restore color to the world, or something to that effect. Check out the before pic of Rainbow Brite and her crew.

Now here is the "updated" Rainbow Brite.
You see why I have a problem with this? What's wrong with kids that look like kids? Why the longer legs? Why the drastic change in appearance? The only thing that looks somewhat the same are the little things with fur. But other than that, I don't like this modernization of old school cartoons. I don't want my girls to get the image that they need to look like that to be considered good. I even like the fact that the original green one has a band aid on. It shows that they're kids and are prone to bump, trip, and fall over things. I doubt that any of the new Rainbow Brite cast will sport a band aid, let alone look like they want to get dirty.

I just don't like the makeovers. I don't like that they shows are trying to convey that young girls need to look a certain way. I feel as if they get enough pressure as it is being a kid, going to school and worrying about homework. The last thing that should be on a child's mind is their appearance and TV is certainly not helping. Later.


  1. My opininion is, well, it's identical to yours. :) Why does there seem to be such a big push for kids to grow up these days. What's wrong with a kid just being a kid. Things sure have changed since I was a kid and not necessarily for the better.

  2. Sexualizing young girls, whether in cartoon form or in after school television programs, is an unfortunate trend that has probably already implanted itself firmly in their young minds: POPULARITY depends upon being "sexy," with big hair, makeup, grownup undergarments, heels, short skirts and adult vocabulary of body parts and activities. Most unfortunate is the disturbing imprint that one's essence and self worth depends upon that POPULARITY.

  3. I pulled the plug on cable a long time ago. Nothing but garbage and it isn't just the kids that television is trying to brainwash..

    Anyway I'm glad my kids are grown..What ever happened to Bugs Bunny?

  4. Isn't it just the damnedest thing? They've made them all thinner too! Check out the new "strawberry shortcake". :( I've also stopped watching television altogether, like MegaMan the Madman said, it's not just children that are targeted.

  5. You are absolutely right. I'm having the hardest time trying to find a halloween costume for my 10 year old daughter that doesn't make her look like a slut. I do not get it at all.

  6. My goodness! Was that Bratz doll for real? I mean, did they actually put something like that in the children's aisle?

  7. I'm all with bringing stuff up to date, but come on! Those brats dolls are like something out of a horror/sex movie, is there any need for it, what's wrong with something looking sweet and innocent rather than tainted and hooker looking!

  8. you inspired me for our final project we had to work with the phrase, "New American . . . ." i was gona do the New american children toys and have the bratz dolls and how they are sexualizing little girls and boys with their guns learning about grand theft auto fenaly through a video game, but then i was thinking about all these little girls i see at work wearing makeup, and how some girl clothes is too sexy now, so then i decided to m ake it the NEw American 8 year old. and ima have this little girl with her brat doll, and have her with her purse, make up perfumes, and just lookin like a grown up instead of a child. couz i see this at work and its like wtf are u serious and parents letting them to this!, one mom came in with her 3 girls, they all talkin about how they have the juicy perfum and that they ran out of gloss and such i was like omg what is wrong with them!

  9. its just a commercial... it isnt like its gonna make a drastic change in anyones lives. and it uses a catchy toon to grab peoples attention. and the whole booty is booty... everyone knows it has to do with spongebob... and in sponge bob episodes sometimes hes nude.. it doesnt really show anything but oh well. sponge bob "squarepants" "squarebutts" same thing. Jeez.. stop making a big deal at of it.


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