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Did Mattel turn Dora The Explorer into a tramp?

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Dora the Explorer — a Whore-a?

Click here to see the side-by-side comparison between the New Dora and a Bratz girl.

OK, sit down and hang on to your backpacks, there’s big news: Dora the Explorer is growing up. And it’s freaking parents out.

Mattel has recently announced that its popular, pint-sized commercial juggernaut will soon debut as an older tween version of the chubby cutie that children and parents have grown to adore-a. And even though Mattel has only released a teaser image in silhouette, parents fear that the shapely shadow suggests well, a real tease.

Truth is, until we can all get a good look at Dora’s new um, developments, this could be much ado about nothing. I mean, I didn’t see a stripper pole in silhouette, so that’s encouraging. But what the news of this makeover does tap into is an unsettling truth: the loss of innocence can sometimes throw us into shock. In the big book of life, Childhood — that time of wide-eyed naivete and unfiltered joy — is a chapter that is becoming slimmer and slimmer. About as slim as the new hips that Dora has grown into.

Mattel is getting alot of shit over this in the media, which as we all know guarantees a cash cow once Ms. Dora hits the shelves. People love a good sex scandal, and yes folks, this qualifies; although it’s less creepy ‘cuz she’s a ‘toon. Is Mattel unjustly accused of being the purveyor of prepubescent awakening? After all, they took an iconic, trusted brand that parents welcomed into their home and fully embraced — and then wrenched it out of their arms. The cute girl with bangs and baby fat that kept their kids company is being replaced with a scary harlot cloaked in shadow. And did I mention that Dora is moving to the Big City and wearing designer fashions? Now Mom and Dad know what it feels like when they told Sally to relinquish her security blanket and start acting like a big girl.

We should blame Britney. To put this whole thing in perspective, let’s get to the root of this evil.  After all, Miss Spears and her other vixen comrades like Christina Aguilera were the original Good Girls gone dirty, trading in their mouse ears and pigtails for push-up bras and piercings. They’re the ones who ushered in this wave of premature sexual awareness in young girls. Let’s face it, eleven-year old girls sporting bare midriffs and low-rise hip huggers set off Lolita-meters everywhere. Mattel simply took their cue from those who blazed the trail. This is simply how we grow up in today’s culture.

Oh but wait, tramp historians, we must go further back in time. We can’t dump this steaming pile of stigma on the Brit. The torch was passed to her from her wizened Pop Grandmother — Madonna. Think back 25 years ago. That tsunami of sex in blonde hair and black roots hit when I was in high school. One day the sweet girl in Study Hall who wore Benetton sweaters strutted into class wearing crucifix earrings, fishnet stockings and her bra on the outside. I bet her mother was clutching a rosary and praying for her little girl to return.

I wonder how many Madonna wannabes from the ’80s are stressing over the new Dora? Maybe they remember what it felt like to discover the naughtier side of the sandbox. And maybe now they realize what their mothers were freaking out about back then.

Dora my dear — in all fairness — we should reserve judgment until the New You sees the light of day. Maybe our panic will subside when we see that you won’t be trading in your sense of adventure and smarts for a tube top and an eating disorder. But for now, parents, take this as a sign. Make the most of your child’s childhood and remember that it too, shall pass.

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23 Responses to “Did Mattel turn Dora The Explorer into a tramp?”


  1. [...] Click here to see our opinion of Mattel’s new look for Dora. [...]


  2. omg why r they changing dora its so retarded like i used to watch her wen i was little and now shes going to middle school and girls 5+ are not going to wantto watch that and they dont even show her new look or when we are going to see her all grown up but it is a waste of time they should name the show dora the hoe explorer


  3. What a shame. As the mother of a four year old, I will have nothing to do with this new Dora. A really good reason to save my money or buy another more creative toy i.e. paintsets, crayons, balls, jumpropes, books etc. and leave those inappropriate and expensive dolls on the store shelves. “Just say no.” Not this time Mattel and no bail out money for you either!

  4. Kimber

    Parents please. You are all so concerned of what your precious little girls are playing with until its ridiculous. What do you think your children are learning in school? Do you really think you can spare and protect them from a negative and “inappropriate” society we live in? That is why most of your spoiled brats wind up losing their virginity at 14, and have had an abortion by the time their 16, and have had multiple partners by the time their 18, all because their parents do not want their “Little Suzy” playing with THAT doll and are failing to educate them about the “Real World”.

  5. Mya

    Every girl grows up eventually, calling a tween girl a tramp is mean and ridiculous, young girls need to learn to embrace their body and the changes. This is why so many young girls have low self esteem through puberty, society make young girls feel like it’s wrong to grow up. Judging by the picture, this is how the bodies of many young tween girls look.

  6. Beth

    I actually saw a pic of the new dora not of just a blacked out view. Its nothing like what the article is portraying. She looks cute with a tunic and leggings not a short skirt. I would allow my daughters to play with her. Everyone should do more research before jumping to conclusions!

  7. Bert

    I heard the tween version of Boots wears a pimp outfit and slaps her around.

  8. Desiree

    I don’t understand why they can’t leave well enough alone. Dora is for preschoolers. My three year old does not need to see GROWN UP Dora, leave that to those hideous and ridiculous brats dolls. I think this is just another way to push our children to grow up to fast. Dora is a little girl teaching other little girls let’s just leave it that way. I will not allow the older mature Dora in my home with my three year old. This is absolutely ridiculous!!!!

  9. Doh

    I think the colorized version of this new dora made alot of people look like serious idiots. Lesson to be learned here, get all your facts before you open your mouth.

    NEWS FLASH!!! Little girls and boys grow up, so can Dora! If Mattel wants to make that BIG risk, more power to them.


  10. Dora is for preschoolers. There is nothing wrong with growing her up. However, there is a possibility that corporations like Mattel, may try to sex her up primarily for financial reasons than anything else. Are we really out of ideas to serve the tween market? or Is Mattel trying to leverage Dora followers into their new set of products? It may be a great marketing idea for recession.

    We should leave the preschool Dora alone http://www.mommyniri.com/2009/03/leave-our-dora-alone/ .

  11. Savannah

    As long as Mattel doesn’t model Dora to their version of the unrealistic woman, Barbie I think it’s fine. Girls’ bodies are changing and they need to accept their new figures. However, the Dora in the picture looks more like a grown woman rather than a “tween”. The skirt’s a little short too.

  12. Miss E

    So they changed the damn girl SO WHAT! whats next? Dora crosses the border and boots is shipped back to the zoo!


  13. umm, as a parent I hope my “spoiled brats” are learning the difference between “their” and “there”….


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  15. Passer-by

    http://www.clevelandleader.com/node/9317 theres the colored in version theres nothing wrong with her, she’s fully covered and has no large developments. Gosh everyone’s getting so upset over NOTHING T_T man I bet you’ll feel foolish when you see that that skirt is just a long shirt.

  16. Melissa

    Ok its NOT a mini skirt I saw an actual full color picture of this on The View months ago and what they are not showing you here is that dora is in fact wearing a long shirt or babydoll dress if you will, with leggings underneath, ya know the kind girls wear that come right below the knee underneath long shirts, babydoll dresses and skirts (my own daughters wear things like this all the time as did i when I was younger). The shirt is orange and pink and the leggings are purple, they kinda kept with doras clothing color scheme of orange and purple. So this silhouette is indeed very misleading so no wonder parents are concerned, but I assure you they have not turned dora into a go-go girl. Both my own daughters, 7 and 2, love dora and I think the idea I saw for the new dora is in fact a very cute, girly twist to the dora we know and love and I think it’s a great idea for dora to grow up just like the children that are watching her are growing up.


  17. OMG, teh ebilz!!!1one

    Toddlers NEVER get older!

  18. GaMZE

    For god sake look at her picture on http://yabatmen.com/img/dora-grows-up1.jpg
    She is not sexy AT ALL, she is just a plain old regular preteen! And her clothing fit my schools dress code.
    CHILL OUT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


  19. [...] the new Dora the Explorer really is as sexy as this silhouette makes her out to be, I’m not going to want to watch anymore.  Not that I do that [...]


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