A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this website.
The site places a strong emphasis on body image, physical appearance, and having boyfriends -- though done in a tongue-in-cheek style.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
The site's message boards contain posts about hooking up with male friends, virginity, and masturbation. The "bimbos"' clothing options are often provocative.
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Most swear words that users try to input end up partially blocked, like "d*mn." Though we were able to easily create the username "SissyBeatch."
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Products & Purchases
Users can buy Miss Bimbo calendars, buttons, and clothing. And users must find a way to earn money in the game, including by spending real money to keep their "bimbo" alive.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
The site message boards contain some posts about using marijuana and drinking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Miss Bimbo is a website that blends the adopt-a-pet concept with a virtual world to allow users to care for female characters called "bimbos." As the term "bimbo" implies, the site's attitude is not pro-girl power, in fact it reinforces negative stereotypes and concepts about women, including that their happiness is determined by their appearance and that the purpose of a boyfriend is to provide financial support (though there's a tongue-in-cheek humor that softens these messages). The site also brings up some privacy and safety concerns, since it's easy to contact -- and correspond with (under some monitoring by site moderators) -- other users.
Is It Any Good?
The U.K.-based MISSBIMBO.COM offers users the chance to create a virtual pet-like avatar -- a female "bimbo" -- and features more than 30 levels, which players can advance through by doing things like changing their bimbo's hairstyle, buying her clothes, and renting her a virtual apartment. The site could teach girls a few positive lessons in a fun way. For example: Playing games helps girls earn online currency to buy things, but also helps boost their bimbo's IQ. Users also need to care for their character by feeding them, potentially encouraging responsibility. However, the site features a cringeworthy focus on weight -- players are told letting their bimbo lose or gain too many pounds could affect her happiness, which isn't a very body-positive message to send teens.
Miss Bimbo also places an eerie emphasis on boyfriends; players are told that men provide a much-needed source of money "just because he loves you." Add in the fact that girls can find out about a number of adults-only topics on the site's message boards, and it might be a good idea to steer teens clear of babysitting their own bimbo.
Online interaction: Users can challenge other users. But the challenges are pretty tame; a crowd applauds your bimbo and another bimbo, and one is chosen as the winner.
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