Monday, March 09, 2009

Dora the Tween?

It's that late night time when I listen to jazz, read blogs and Bukowski, sip beers and generally feed my "edgy" side. The employee part of me gets to rest because I'm clocked out. The parent part of me gets to rest because my kids are asleep. But what news story am I drawn to at this nocturnal moment? The one that reports on the new look for the upcoming "tween" Dora. My daughter loves Dora the Explorer and so my interest was piqued. Actually, the part that caught my attention was the mention of many parents who are voicing disapproval of Dora's new look. While the detailed image hasn't yet been released, a silhouette has.

Being edgy and cool, hip and above the lameness of most (you do know I'm being facetious, right?), I clicked onto the story ready to roll my eyes at the disapproving parents. She's traded in her short bob haircut and shorts for longer hair and a skirt. So what? It'll still be a show dedicated to teaching positive learning skills and good behavior. The parents who are signing petitions need to get a life, right? And then I saw the silhouetted image. I disapproved. Not enough to complain or sign a petition, but still. The skirt seems a bit too short, the baby fat a little too gone. I don't know. Maybe I'm just thirty-nine and the father of a four-year-old daughter.

Seriously, I wish the show many more years of great success. It's one of the good ones.

1 comment:

virtualredhead said...

Oh so Dora’s getting a little tarted up. Good for her! I grew up playing with stuffed animals and it didn’t turn me into a furry, so I don’t think we have anything to worry about.