Heart Happy (cathy_edgett) wrote,
Heart Happy
cathy_edgett

Exploitation of children -

There is an article in this week's New Yorker on the Bratz doll.  I had not heard of this doll, but it seems it is quite the money-maker and in the strangest way.    The article says, "They look like pole dancers on their way to work at a gentleman's club."   They are about fashion and shopping, and are marketed to young girls.    They are "sassy."   

"The Great Tween Buying Machine" advises companies not to feel guilty about "going around moms."   When I was in college studying child psychology, the big concern was the threat of the "Russians" brainwashing our children.  It seems our corporations are doing a great job of that.  The article goes into a great deal of detail and it is nauseating.   How can we sell the childhoods of our children down the drain?   I find it very sad. 

Hendrick Hertzberg in Talk of the Town tells all the ways Bush is up to his old tricks.  He does amaze.   He is still pushing John Bolton who has managed to anger everyone at the U.N. including our allies.  Maybe he and Bush should sit home and play with Bratz dolls, and leave the rest of us alone.
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