Doll Domination

Common Sense Media says

OK ballads mix with shallow, sexed-up party beats.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

The Dolls are obsessed with looking the best and attracting the most men. Although the girls brag about their sexual power, many songs put them in the stereotypical roles as needy women, worried that men will cheat on them or find someone more attractive.

Violence

On the song "In Person" the Dolls sing about what they do to men who cheat, which includes exacting revenge on the adulterer and his cars and clothes. The chorus continually repeats, "I'mma hurt him when I see him, I'mma kick him when I see him (in person)."

Sex

The Dolls use their sexiness as their main source of strength and confidence: "You're shaking me up (so don't cha wanna take me). Just because, I'm the chosen one (oh them models gonna hate me)." This song, "Bottle Pop," also contains suggestive lyrics from Snoop Dogg, who raps, "Turn around lil mama got ass in the back....Is it true that you get wet?" The song "Watchamacallit" goes on to discuss the male anatomy: "Don't you give them tricks no info, next thing you know she wanna know what he's holding in his wallet how long he last, slow or fast, how big is his um whatchamacallit."

Language

The word "ass" is uttered during Snoop Dogg's rap on "Bottle Pop."

Consumerism

The Pussycat Dolls brag about spending money, having fancy clothes, and getting expensive presents from men.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

On "Bottle Pop," Snoop Dogg compares the Dolls' dancing to the taste of brandy.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the over-sexualized Dolls are back with more gender stereotyped pop music. The main offenses the girls make this time around include making sexiness into a competition and having high ambitions for their desirability factor. It seems the Dolls' priorities are all about being famous, looking sexy, and dating hot guys. One song, "In Person," talks about exacting revenge on unfaithful men by hurting their possessions and hurting them physically.

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What's the story?

After a brief break, the Pussycat Dolls are back with a new album. DOLL DOMINATION includes the hit single "When I Grow Up" and features a full album of 16 tracks that cover everything from hook-ups to break-ups. The Dolls also dedicate several songs to showing off their sexy images and bragging about their appearances.

Is it any good?

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The song "Whatchamacallit" could symbolize this album, since The Pussycat Dolls are very much like the popular candy bar: a guilty pleasure you know isn't any good for you, but still enjoy as a fun indulgence. These girls are pros of party music, and for the majority of the songs on this LP, they sound exactly like shallow party people. "When I grow up, I wanna be famous, I wanna be a star...I wanna have groupies, the number one chick on the scene."

Luckily on the ballads there are signs of more intelligent life. "I Hate This Part" and "No Happy Ending" both show a softer, sentimental side, and for once a refreshing sense of vulnerability. But once the thumping club beats kick in again, the dominating divas revert back to their one-dimensional personas.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how these singers present themselves. They seem to be trying to portray strong, sexually confident females. Do you think this is how they are viewed by audiences, or are they seen more as sex objects? How are they the same or different from other female pop groups? Do you think these groups need overt sexiness to sell music?

Music details

Artist:The Pussycat Dolls
Release date:September 23, 2008
Label:Interscope Records
Genre:R&B/Pop
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Kid, 11 years old January 13, 2011
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I hate it they brag about sexual power but they're just needy self centered brats who want chicks to grow up to have boobs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! What has america become?
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Kid, 9 years old November 2, 2009
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The voice of the kids propper noun subject noun and project agrement soul+heart=faith

i htink you should take the game cat dolls and make the cursings go blank so im gonna tell you what i would do and that is gravity so children in elementary ages 9-90 ITS JUST the voice of the chilren
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Great role models
Kid, 12 years old August 12, 2009
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12
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Great

Love it and i love them i love nicole shes great!!!! their dances are a little over the top i mean u know!!! But in "grow up" it's not bobbies it's groupies!!!

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