I know it might make me sound like a crotchety old lady, but the toys being made for kids these days give me the creeps. From Bratz dolls to this Peekaboo poledancing kit, toys marketed to young girls in particular seem to be taking a turn toward the sleazy. What ever happened to the halcyon days of furry, nonsexual stuffed animals?
Those days are over. Apparently, the stuffed animals of yesterday just aren’t sexy enough for today’s smokin’ hot youngsters. Enter Tini Puppini. These tiny stuffed dogs are, according to the products’ website, “the most popular pups in town.” They wear shoes, clothes, and makeup. They love shopping and gossip. They hang out in all of the hippest spots, from nightclubs to spas. And, each of the three pups has her own unique personality! Here they are:
Tisha (far left). Tisha is the self-proclaimed “girlie-girl” of the Puppini bunch. She has beautiful long hair, a sparkly tiara, and silver puppy “bling” to wear when she goes out on the town. Tisha is shown in front of the Eiffel Tower, so we can only assume she is a world traveler. I just hope those patent leather shoes don’t get scuffed while she is strolling on the Champs.
Toffee (center). Toffee is the Hollywood trendsetter puppy. That is why she is wearing jeans and a headband, obviously. Toffee’s also the “cutting edge” puppy, so it is no wonder we see her here with bright red highlights. Such a rebel. She has a poseable body so that she can “strike a pose” for whatever paparazzi (puparazzi?) she may encounter whilst shopping on Rodeo Drive.
Tutu (far right). Tutu is the party girl of the Puppinis. She has “funky” hair and is a self-described “free spirit.” She is shown in a nightclub on the website, because Tutu loves to go out on the town. I wonder if this artsy puppy designed her own party boots and hoop earrings? Probably!
The Puppini empire does not end here. Visitors to the website (presumably young girls, judging by the pink, purple, and constant references to girls’ nights out) are encouraged to buy carrying cases for their puppies, and to dress them up in black lace bodices and heavy makeup. And if you watch the commercial for these spoiled pups, you will hear them say things like, “I love my tail in these jeans!” Because that’s right, dogs should start worrying about how their asses look in jeans. Check it:
So what do you think about all of this? Have we sexualized young girls and their toys to the saturation point, and now we must dress our stuffed dogs like sex objects? Or are these just harmless stuffed animals with some sparkly accessories? Also, can you think up any additional Puppinis that should be added to the list? Weigh in with your thoughts!