So, I’d like to suggest a new litmus test for girls’ dolls. Would you want to see your daughter, niece, or granddaughter in a Halloween costume based on the doll’s attire? No? Then harness that insight. See the doll for what it is: a sexualized item with no business in a child’s toy box. Just say no to sexy Halloween costumes — and say no to sexy fashion dolls, too.
Rebecca Hains is an associate professor of communications at Salem State University. Follow her on Facebook at facebook.com/rebeccahainsphd and Twitter at twitter.com/rchains.