**NOTE** The following post has been written “tongue-in-cheek” . . . sort of.
Is there no end to the depravity of toy manufacturers?? They keep producing items geared toward the sexualization of young children, especially little girls. First there was Mattel’s Barbie™ who debuted in 1959 with her controversial larger-than-life “proportions”. She’s been evolving according to cultural trends ever since.
In 2001 the Bratz™ dolls appeared, making Barbie look tame. Marketed to girls ages 4-8, they caused a public outcry by sporting ensembles with fishnet stockings, midriff-baring tops, micro-mini skirts and other pieces typically associated with strippers and prostitutes.
Now, just when we thought it couldn’t get any worse, along comes a toy seemingly designed to turn a little boy into a hunka-hunka-burning-lust . . . the Elvis Presley Mr. Potato Head !!! I am NOT making this up. Paste the link below into your browser to see this latest seductive scourge.
Do its features include a gyrating pelvis? Blue suede shoes? Sultry, snarling plastic lips?
To me, the most disturbing thing about the Elvis Mr. Potato Head is that it transforms an innocent classic children’s toy – a plastic asexual vegetable – into a sensual icon. The basic Mr. Potato Head is recommended for ages TWO and up, which begs the question: Who are the target users for the Elvis version? Preschool boys who can be sexualized into babe magnets? Aging Elvis groupies? Collectors?
What’s next, Lady Ga-Ga Raggedy Ann™ and Gangsta Rapper Winnie-the-Pooh™? Sigh . . . it’s tough being a Christian parent these days.
I look forward to your tongue-in-cheek (or serious) comments.