Bratz vs. Barbie.

Damn. I’m sorry to hear about this.

Listen, I’m not going to try to pretend that both toy lines didn’t need an excessive amount of work. I’m not going to try to tell you that both toy lines didn’t put entirely too much emphasis on the appearance of women and girls instead of focusing on their accomplishments. However, at least the Bratz line taught us that all kinds of girls are important instead of telling us that everything must revolve around the all-important blonde, white girl. In the Bratz line, Sasha, Yasmin, and Jade aren’t Cloe’s sidekicks. They don’t have to wear purple, blue, and green while Cloe gets to drape herself in the company-trademarked pink. Sasha doesn’t come in a box marked Cloe’s Friend, Sasha in the way that Barbie’s ethnic accessories do. The characters in the Bratz line are equals.

Were equals. Mattel, Inc. has stamped out a line that girls were obviously responding to. They’ve robbed the girls that they’ve treated as second place for decades of a toy that made them feel special. I am so royally pissed about that.

I’ll remember that anger when I have a little girl and she eventually asks me for a Barbie doll. I damn sure don’t want a repeat performance of what I went through with my mother.

To hell with Mattel, Inc. Seriously.