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A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this reality show is full of strong language, sexual discussions, and outrageous consumer spending. While the show purports to represent Russian family values and the Russian immigrant experience, the show instead focuses on stereotypical depictions of the Russian community in Brighton Beach, Brooklyn.
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What's the story?
Several generations of RUSSIAN DOLLS and their families are chronicled in their community of Brighton Beach, Brooklyn. The reality show chronicles the women's over-the-top behavior, which includes casually spending $20,000 on a piece of jewelry, and talking extensively about the need for botox, fillers, and fake boobs.
Is it any good?
Given that the name of this reality series is Russian Dolls, as opposed to Russian Women, it's safe to bet that the show isn't going to focus on feminist values. And while the show claims to represents the immigrant experience, it's clearly a skewed perspective. These women's immigrant experience revolves around gabbing about "vajayjays," belly dancing at grandma pageants, and spending one's day in a bathhouse eating fish and drinking beer.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how the Russian immigrant experience is represented on this reality show. Do you think that the people on the show represent the whole of Russian culture in the United States? What kinds of stereotypes are reinforced here?
Why do you think the women spend so much time talking about plastic surgery and Botox? Do you think they feel pressured to look good by other people in their community? Why do you think they spend so much money on their appearance? Would you spend $20,000 on a piece of jewelry if you had the money to do so?
Do you think that the women on the show are strong and independent women? What do these women do on the show that makes you think that they are or aren't?
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