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Ugly Girls

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),  owns 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 to earlier, the Monster girls had their own creepy corner. It was like a 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 Literature” 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.”  Do they mean they try to positively impact their employees? Because I don’t really see how this product positively impacts any little people.

Let’s consider another “Monster High” product—the High Terrifying Tatoo roller 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 on 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 to see how they study “Home Ick” and “Mad Science”  or play interactive games like “Freakout” , “Dawn of the Dance” 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 to see 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
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)

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

The dolls are already a big success.


Theresa Thomas lives in northern Indiana with her husband David and their nine children. She can be reached at TheresaThomasEveryDayCatholic@gmail.com. She is the author (with Patti Maguire Armstrong) of  Stories for the Homeschool Heart the About.com winner of the best Catholic book of 2010, available from Bezalel Books.


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  • These dolls are HIDEOUS! I’m sure Satan and his minions are laughing their as*es off at little girls being led over the line to relativity.

  • Wayne Topp

    I can’t help but think of the homosexual culture in the background of all this. With the most recent hit song from Lady Gaga talking about her being “born this way” or something like that and now this trying to show how “normal” it is to be different and how we should be accepting of even the most goulish lifestyles. I saw in one of the videos that the dracula character is even a vegan! It’s all a tale of acceptance and tolerance! If only we could really teach humility and obedience again!

    • Wayne Topp

      Oops, meant to edit out the “dracula being a vegan” sentence. It really has little to do with the point I was trying to make. I don’t find anything wrong with choosing to be a vegan. 🙂

    • Yacare

      “It’s all a tale of acceptance and tolerance! If only we could really teach humility and obedience again!”

      This such a Poe’s law situation for me :/

  • Mary Kochan

    I think it does hit to your point, Wayne — it’s part of that acceptance thing. Look how good and innocent the vampire is, won’t even eat animals…

  • intolerant/ignorant idiot

    omg you are totally right! why would anyone want their daughter to grow up tolerant of different lifestyles? i know my daughter was raised in an environment for tolerance only to our own kind and i do not want her exposed to these ridiculous ideas of being open minded and open-hearted towards girls who are not into the pink and cute things they should be at their age! everyone’s with me right? those girls should be put in a different class than our unicorn loving cutie pies!

    • Mary Kochan

      Right. Why would anyone want their daughter to grow up intolerant of being a vampire or a werewolf? After all being a vampire or a werewolf is merely “a lifestyle choice.” And you, wonderful mother that you are, has raised your daughter to think that deciding to give your soul to the devil and drink human blood is perfectly normal (let’s not be judgmental about it!!)

      You should get an award for the most out-of-touch-with-reality comment ever made on the internet.

      • stop the stupidity

        if you think being open minded and playing with monster dolls is giving your soul to the devil then you have already lost your way in to pearly gates lady. once you begin to judge and hate on things different than your own beliefs you know the devil has won over your soul and made it an intolerant, hateful thing, and we all know no such thing could ever be welcomed into the kingdom of god.

        • Mary Kochan

          “if you think being open minded and playing with monster dolls is giving your soul to the devil ” — of course I didn’t say that playing with monster dolls is giving your soul to the devil. This kind of distortion very typical of people who cannot read. So my advice to you is, go back and read more carefully and actually respond to what is being said, not to the caricature in your own mind that you have created.

          • Mary Kochan

            Going into more detail here after Nick’s comment above (er, below) about men who want to have sex with cartoon ponies. OK, those cartoon ponies don’t really exist outside of their literary forms. Vampires and werewolves and Frankenmonsters also do not exist. This is what I meant by iii’s comment being out-of-touch-with-reality — it is really nuts to say that we have to be tolerant of the alternative lifestyle of things that don’t exist. It is as nutty as a grown man saying he wants to have sex with a cartoon pony.

            But what does really exist are demons (just like there is real bestiality). And these dolls are blatantly made to create an affinity for demons in the girls who play with them. That is what “We’ve got spirits, yes we do” is all about. Demons are real and dolls are created for role play. What decent sensible parent wants his or her daughter to role play being involved with the demons?

    • Theresa Thomas

      Dear i.i.i.,

      Respectfully,

      YOU SAY: “why would anyone want their daughter to grow up tolerant of different lifestyles?”

      MY REPLY: Because some of them are immoral, wrong and unhealthy/hurtful for people. 🙂

      YOU SAY: “i know my daughter was raised in an environment for tolerance only to our own kind…”

      MY REPLY: What do you mean by this? That you raised your daughter to be tolerant only to humans? What exactly is ‘your own kind’?

      YOU SAY: ” i do not want her exposed to these ridiculous ideas of being open minded and open-hearted towards girls who are not into the pink and cute things they should be at their age!”

      MY REPLY: You seem to have missed the point- of course every girl should be able to select her own favorite color and interests. Every parent’s duty is to help direct his/her child toward healthy, moral, good choices.

      i.i.i., I realize you are attempting to be funny and sarcastic. I find your post ineffective. Should you like to make a logical point I would be happy to engage in discussion of this topic. However, silly remarks cannot be taken seriously.

      Also, there is great irony in the fact that you are being intolerant by accusing intolerance.

      Please share cohesive thoughts if you wish to make a point. Thank you.

      Sincerely, Theresa Thomas, author of the article.

  • Nick Doherty

    What parents should really be afraid of is the fan-base following the kids show “My Little Pony – Friendship is Magic”. It’s not the show itself but rather the fan-base, largely consisting of males aged 20-35, calling themselves bronies. I’m not kidding just do a google image search for “bronies” and see for yourself. Some of these people even openly admit to wanting to have sex with animated cartoon ponies. I wish I was making that stuff up. These are truly dangerous people which I wouldn’t let in range of my children.

    • Mary Kochan

      Nick, I would have thought you were just making that up, but I read there were male fans of MLP I think in Wired or somewhere a while back. Did not see anything about perverts associated with it though — although that is not surprising. But see how you make the point denied by iii above: somethings really should not be tolerated and somethings are truly dangerous to expose children to.

    • Harriet

      Stop tarring all MLP fans over the age of 13 with the same brush.

  • Pilar

    Thank you Theresa, from Spain, for yours words. All the friends of my girls (6 and 9 years old, I have other: 14) has got the Monster High. She has very problems for this… She don´t like the dolls because I tell with them… but is very dificult for them… Now I go to send this article to her friend´s parents. Thank you!!

    • Theresa

      Thank you for your kind words, Pilar. Throw the dolls away! God bless you! love and prayers, Theresa

  • Laurie

    A culture of death is attracted to ugliness, horror and death. And it swallows up our children if we allow it to.

    • Theresa

      Laurie, I agree. We must be shining lights to the world! 🙂

  • Deoacveritatimyfaithsustainsm

    The whole thing is Satanic, the result of a society that worships evil and the consequences of parents and schools allowing their children to read and watch books and movies like Harry Potter, Twilight, and the Hunger games which encourages kids to kill other kids.

    How else can anyone explain the fascination with the darkness, the ugliness, the repulsiveness, the monstrousness of it all?

    I went to check how many views the video The Monster High Fright song and apparently it has increased its 4 million views to 32,105, 570 views.
    This is disturbing.

  • samhille

    great what’s next

  • Pablol Almaguer

    Hi, everybody. I share your concerns about harmful values being taught in cartoons. I’m a devout catholic and take evil seriously.Also, I absolutely hate it when movies and cartoons reproduce this discourse of acceptance of gay culture. That being said, I have a daughter and I enjoy watching cartoons with her, and I just don’t see the big deal with Monster High! I think that you can even find good messages in it.

  • Soliloquized

    Great article, couldn’t agree more.

    Jessica Ridgeway, a 10 year old girl, was recently ruthlessly murdered by a young, apparently quite disturbed, man. One of the news stories carried a photo of her lovingly holding a baby doll. Such a contrast to the dolls described in this article. The reason I mention her is due to that doll, and the apparent normalcy the photo of her with it, and the tragic frailty of life.

    My concern is that toys such as these will contribute to children not having the respect for life that they should have, and to have too much preoccupation with death. In addition, the attire of the dolls correlates dark themes with eroticism, another potential issue.

    I would urge parents whose children already possess these dolls to be very careful about trying to take these toys away, forbidden fruit can stimulate interests that they may not or will not otherwise have. Though adults may see them as problematic, the interest of a child may be more benign than we think. Not buying them for children, and not expanding their collection, may be the best way, along with gentle conversations about the value of life, the tragedy of death, and the importance of God.

    If your child or children has unrestricted access to the internet, or to violence on T.V. and in movies, the significance of these dolls contributing to negative behavior is even less. There are many factors, avoiding purchasing these dolls may be a good start, but be vigilant for other sources debasing the value of life.

  • FreakyFab

    Monster high even though its market to young girls a majority of their fan base are teen girls and young adults like myself. I like these dolls and their spin-off ever after high, its better than barbie.

  • Eleanor

    I am a 13 year old girl and I never saw anything bad about Monster High. I never noticed the illuminati symbols or anything mentioned in this post. Little girls are not going to know what the illuminati is or understand the references to dark stories these dolls have. Why can you not just let them have fun instead of sheltering them from the real world.

  • Harriet

    I haven’t laughed this hard in ages. I sincerely hope this is satirical.