Issue 35, Final Fringe

My Little Stripper: Your Child's Very Own Pole Dancer Doll

by Jill D'Urso 09.04.2009


Move over Bratz–there’s a new wildly inappropriate toy in town. This little missy comes equipped with her own disco ball, flashing strobe light, and yep, you guessed it–a stripper pole. True, pole dancing is gaining popularity as a tongue-in-cheek way for women to have fun at the gym or bachelorette parties. And yes, this doll is apparently sold only in Asia to off-price retailers (translation:sketchtastic). But this, combined with other disturbing trends among young girls, points to a more and more sexualized childhood experience.

Surprisingly, this isn’t even the first time this has happened–back in 2006, British retailers Tesco sold a product called “My First Stripper Pole”–an actual Stripper Pole How-To Kit for little girls. Here’s a blurb from their marketing materials:”Unleash the sex kitten inside…simply extend the Peekaboo pole inside the tube, slip on the sexy tunes and away you go!” Seriously, Tesco? The product was quickly taken off the shelves after an angry backlash from parents, but clearly, the world still has a yen for teaching tots how to strip. Disgusting.

When I was a kid, the most popular dolls on the market looked like this:
cabbage patch

Somehow, we’ve gotten to this:


Women have their whole lives to feel inadequate for not being thin enough, tan enough, or pretty enough–why start them off before they’re too young to realize how f’ed up it is?

Jill D'Urso

Jill D'Urso

Blog Editor Emerita

Jill is an editor and book enthusiast who lives in Brooklyn. She also can be found at Looks & Books, a literary style blog.

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