This was going to be last week’s “Thursday Your Say,” but I had too much to say. Besides, we’ve talked about it before, but people outside the fanbase won’t stop bringing it up.
Here’s a quote from an article published Thursday on TheAtlantic.com:
New examples of the sexualization of girlhood crop up all the time. Of course there are the dolls that look like Sesame Streetwalkers — Monster High, Winx Club, Bratz…
Typically, the writers of articles like this have never watched Winx Club. All they’ve seen are ads, commercials, and toys. A blogger from “The League of Ordinary Gentlemen” admitted in his rant how little he knows about the show:
The program in question is called ‘Winx Club,’ with some strange additional ‘Believix’ designation. I do not pretend to understand anything about it. It seems to involve fairies.
That doesn’t mean they’re wrong, of course. The Winx’s clothes are skimpy — and have been getting skimpier. Over the years, the girls have gone from short dresses and sleeveless blouses to mini-miniskirts and tops that look like strategically-placed leaves. (I’m thinking of Flora’s Sophix outfit.)
Can seeing this wreck a young girl’s self-image? Definitely. The Candy Land article mentions a test where girls as young as six years old were shown two dolls — one wearing revealing, “sexy” clothes and another wearing modest, age-appropriate clothes. When asked which doll they wanted to look like, 67 percent of the kids chose the “sexy” doll; 72 percent said it represented a “popular” girl.
“Sexy” equals “popular?” That’s a dangerous thing for a child to believe, and it can lead to bad decisions later in life.
So, if the critics are right, what’s the problem? I’ll talk about it in tomorrow’s post.