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Monster High: Friday Night Frights/Why Do Ghouls Fall in Love?
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April 3, 2015
Girls can be, like, pretty and sporty
When I heard of Monster High, I suspected I wouldn't like it. When I actually saw these episodes, those suspicions were confirmed. It's not just the body image stuff (super thin yet busty girls; inverted triangle dudes), but the overall "this is what a girl is, this is what a guy is" gender representation. To me, 20 minutes of reinforced gender stereotypes wrapped up with two minutes of a decent conclusion that negates those stereotypes doesn't balance out. I was also weirded out by the girls' conclusion (spoiler alert) that they lost because they were trying to play like guys--so they got out their nail polish, lipstick, and high heel roller skates (I kid you not) and played like GIRLS (I repeat, "playing like girls" = playing with makeup and heels). I don't think that gender equality means girls dressing/acting like guys, but I don't think the core attributes of femininity are being pretty and an obsession with fashion.