A couple of weeks ago, an article in the business section of the L.A. Times caught my eye. I normally don't read the business section, but it was the accompanying photograph that first got my attention. It showed Mattel's latest line of fashion dolls — the Monster High girls.
These are not the Barbies I played with as a kid, or even the Barbies my daughter plays with today. No, these looked more like miniature hookers. What's with the trend to make dolls look like they just stepped off Hollywood Boulevard?
Taking my daughter through the toy department at the store always meant distracting her when we got to the doll aisle. So I cheered when — as part of the long-running legal battle between Mattel and MGA Entertainment over the ownership of the Bratz line of trashy fashion dolls — those dolls were pulled from the shelves in late 2008. Now, once again I will have to try to keep her attention focused on more appropriate choices.