My family was in a Target store this past weekend, and we found these in the toy aisle. Gloom Beach dolls, apparently a line of toys of the Monster High flavor. If Barbie and Bratz set a strong standard for lookism before, then we are definitely in trouble now. Any girl who will absorb this standard for how to look will die in the effort. More likely, girls will half-consciously absorb yet another message that you have to be very thin to fit in.
My daughter and I commented on the anorexic look and sexualized dressing style, and how it might affect girls' perception of themselves. Will some feel pressured to emulate this look- starving, sickly and "undead"?
((Shudder)). Keep talking to your girls and boys. Fight back against aggressive marketing and media influence.