I don't get it. First, they re-design Strawberry Shortcake, then Dora the Explorer, and now Rainbow Brite! I've had it. I remember loving Strawberry Shortcake as a kid. Why did they have to go and fuck up her image?! Come on! These characters were initially great because they looked like kids--like little girls! Now, they look like pre-teens--wearing makeup and straightening their hair. I would like to think that Strawberry Shortcake would NEVER straighten those lovely red curls of hers. Why can't we let children's characters/cartoons look like children and not miniature grownups? I would be even more fucked up had I grown up with a sexified Strawberry Shortcake or Rainbow Brite. God. What are we teaching young girls?: always straighten your hair, wear a lot of makeup, wear tight-fitting clothes, and on and on... Why can't we let children's characters look like children? Isn't that the point? If not, shouldn't it be?
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Today, Jezebel posted something about video games and gender stereotypes. I found it interesting and it got me thinking about what I like/don't like about video games (as I do play quite a bit on my Nintendo DS). I've played various games, including: Sims, Final Fantasy, Professor Layton and the Curious Village, Animal Crossing, etc, etc. I enjoy games with concrete story lines and strong characters. The most recent game I've played is Chrono Trigger (similar to Final Fantasy). I like it a lot, but it irritates me that games like this often place male characters as the "lead." Sure, there are females in the game, but mostly as secondary characters. Also, these female characters are usually big-breasted, curvy, and there to fulfil the heterosexual male gamer's fantasy. I know Final Fantasy and Chrono Trigger both do this. And how can we forget Tomb Raider's busty, scantily-clad protagonist, Lara Croft? I sincerely doubt that, as an archeologist, Ms. Croft would be wearing those booty shorts and that tight tank-top.