I was flipping channels last night when I came across a news story about a new website. The site is called “Miss Bimbo” and is a gaming site aimed at girls 7-17. You create a profile and then you can create your own “Bimbo,” a doll who you have to take care of and make her work to buy her the best fashions available. Its supposed to be a Virtual Fashion game but its actually whacked out. You find a place to live, find a job, etc. That seems innocent enough until you get into the real nuts and bolts of the game. “Enter the world of Miss Bimbo. Become the most famous, beautiful, sought after bimbo across the globe!” Why would anyone want their daughter becoming a bimbo? The whole thing kind of reminds me of Bratz dolls. Basically, you have this doll who wears very little clothing but who is supposed to be amazingly cool. And people used to complain about Barbie… CNN has jumped all over this story as well, especially after they learned that you can purchase breast implants for your bimbo. I think this is an example of the internet going too far. This is basically teaching girls to become strippers, get plastic surgery, marry a hot man with lots of money, pop pills, etc. The television news article last night was relating this to Paris Hilton and other socialites and the influences that their actions have on girls who may look up to them. While I personally think thats taking it a little too far, I can see how the link could be made. I’ve pasted the CNN article below for anyone to check it out and if you want to check out the website, click HERE.
LONDON, England (CNN) — A Web site that encourages girls as young as seven to give virtual dolls breast implants and put them on crash diets has caused concern among parents and children’s activists.
The Miss Bimbo Web site has attracted widespread condemnation.
The provocatively named “Miss Bimbo” Web site launched in the UK last month and is described as a “virtual fashion game for girls.”
Girls are encouraged to compete against each other to become the “hottest, coolest, most famous bimbo in the whole world.”
When a girl signs up, they are given a naked virtual character to look after and pitted against other girls to earn “bimbo” dollars so they can dress her in sexy outfits and take her clubbing.
They are told “stop at nothing,” even “meds or plastic surgery,” to ensure their dolls win.
Users are given missions, including securing plastic surgery at the game’s clinic to give their dolls bigger breasts, and they have to keep her at her target weight with diet pills, which cost 100 bimbo dollars.
Breast implants sell at 11,500 bimbo dollars and net the buyer 2,000 bimbo attitudes, making her more popular on the site.
And bagging a billionaire boyfriend is the most desirable way to earn the all important “mula” or bimbo dollars.
Working, it seems, is a bit of a chore in bimbo world.
The site says: “Bimbo dollars is ‘the cabbage,’ ‘bread,’ the ‘mula’ you’ll need to buy nice things and to get by in bimbo world. To earn some bimbo cash you will have to (gasp) work or find a boyfriend to be your sugar daddy and hook you up with a phat expense account!”
The advice on feeding the dolls is even more spurious, encouraging them to feed the dolls “every now and then” even though they want to keep their Bimbos “waif thin.”
The British version already has nearly 200,000 players, most of whom are girls aged between 7 and 17, according to the Web site.
Although it is free to play, when the contestants run out of virtual dollars they have to send cell phone text messages costing $3 each or use PayPal to top up their accounts.
In France, where “Miss Bimbo’s” sister Web site, “Ma Bimbo,” was criticized by dieticians and parents when it began last year, one parent threatened the creators with legal action after his daughter ran up a $200 mobile bill sending texts without his knowledge, according to the Times of London newspaper.
Parents’ groups are horrified that the game is taking off in Britain, fearing it could send the wrong message about eating disorders and plastic surgery to young girls
Bill Hibberd, of parents’ rights group Parentkind, told the Times the game sends a dangerous message to young girls.
He said: “It is one thing if a child recognizes it as a silly and stupid game.
“But the danger is that a nine-year-old fails to appreciate the irony and sees the Bimbo as a cool role model. Then the game becomes a hazard and a menace.”
One parent also told The Times the creators were irresponsible. Nick Williams said he was appalled when he saw his daughters Katie, nine, and Sarah, 14, playing the game.
Williams, 42, an accountant, said: “I noticed them looking at possible breast operations and facelifts for their bimbos at the game’s plastic surgery clinic.
“Katie is far too young for that kind of thing and it is irresponsible of the site’s creators to be leading young girls astray. They are easily influenced at that age as to what is cool.”
However, the creators of “Miss Bimbo” claim it is “harmless fun.”
Nicolas Jacquart, the 23-year-old Web designer from Tooting, south London, who created it was quoted in the Daily Mail as saying: “It is not a bad influence for young children. They learn to take care of their bimbos. The missions and goals are morally sound and teach children about the real world.”
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