Throat Punch Thursday – Miss Bimbo

What’s Throat Punch Thursday? It’s a day that fellow blogger, Deborah Cruz dedicates to taking a topic or person or stupid action (or all of them combined) and unleashes on them a good, old- fashioned ass whipping.

Today, I’m borrowing from her and doing the same.

This past Monday as I so often do, I was sitting here minding my own business, hanging with the Rooster, watching Two Broke Girls (have you watched that show? It’s hysterical) and cruising thru the  Interwebz. All of a sudden, my touchpad took a wrong turn and there in front of me was this little image:

Now those of you who know me, know that it’s not often that I’m speechless but that’s exactly what I was. I was speechless.. mortified.. disgusted and last but not least – not that surprised.

Miss Bimbo is a site that is marketed to young girls where they’re encouraged to create their ultimate Bimbo and play along with other Bimbos – doing jobs (who knows what kind) to earn money so they can buy more clothes, have more adventures and furnish their stylin’ apartment. It’s kind of like Polly World but with implants and a nose job.

I’m not sure where to begin with all the things wrong with this site. So I’m just going to hit the ones that disgust me the most.

1) As the mom to three girls, I am constantly struggling with society’s attempt at sinking their teeth in my kids. From the constant stream of what they consider beautiful and the fact that no photo the girls look at hasn’t been photoshopped into perfection, it’s nothing short of exhausting. Explaining to them, that “no, you do NOT have to have UGGs, Toms, Abercrombie” or whatever else is being forced down their throat by the kids at school is not fun but I refuse to have them think that who they are is defined by what they wear or how they look. I don’t need a crap site like this coming along and trying to suck them in and reinforcing everything that I’m fighting against.

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2) I use a lot of colorful terms to describe less than pleasant people but even I have a hard time reducing someone all the way down to the bottom of the barrel and calling them a Bimbo. I don’t even use it in a joking around “I’m just playing witcha” kind of way.

According to Wikipedia, A Bimbo describes a woman who acts in a sexually promiscuous manner. The term can also be used to describe a woman who is physically attractive but is perceived to have a low intelligence or poor education. The term itself is not explicitly negative, but is most often used as a derogative insult towards a woman.

And you want my KIDS to play your game? Seriously.. you couldn’t think of ONE better name for your site?

3) The site was created by a woman. Back up and read that again. I’ve met a few women in my time who I thought needed their “sisterhood” card revoked, but this one takes the cake.

Do you hear that sound? That’s the sound of all of the women in history who fought for our rights rolling over in their fricking graves.

Here’s a snippet off the “about” page where the creator lets us see inside her candy shell:

Howdy, 

My name is Cindy aka Miss Bimbo
I created this game in 2006 combining my passion for fashion and technology. 
I am just an ordinary California girl. I love sports, my family, friends and fashion! I work as a senior software programmer at facebook which is really cool.
In my spare time I hang out with my friends and online here. I guess my friends would describe me a typical bimbo (but my boobs are real!).

I was outraged to find out the creator was female but a cousin of mine made a very interesting statement when we were discussing it on Facebook. Lisa said: “It doesn’t surprise me that its creator is female. Your dad and I had a discussion about this subject. I said a woman will not ever be president because women won’t support them. They are the first to sell each other out.”

And Lisa is 100% right and that whole idea will make for another post one day.

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But for now, I’m giving a double Throat Punch to Cindy – aka Miss Bimbo. One for creating this nasty site in the first place that does nothing more than demean young girls without their knowing it and the second one for throwing every single one of us in the sisterhood under the bus on her way to do it.

Kristen

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Comments

Bella
September 13, 2012 at 3:25 am

Well, missbimbo was meant for fun I understand your concern but going on a site like missbimbo will not affect them in any way.
The jobs they do are stuff like lawyers, architects, Nurses, Journalists etc…
As for the surgery’s there is no nose job as you said but as for the boob job and face lift, they made it very clear how this is virtual and plastic surgery in real life is a serious consideration, but everyone hears about plastic surgery everyday, at school, on TV, on the Internet etc…
I don’t see anything wrong with Cindy, she made her own website about something she loves then sold it but still helps out with it, and now has a good job at a major company.
Also the site is now for 16+ so if anyone above that age is not able to handle a few virtual clothes, jobs and surgeries I think it’s the parents job to talk to them a bit more.
I let my girls play on the site and they have fun and don’t take it too seriously.



    September 13, 2012 at 6:55 am

    Thank you for your comment, Bella. I am sure there are sites and games that I let my girls play on that others may not agree with. I understand that MB is intended to be a “fun” site but I still have a major issues with the mental image that it feeds to the kids. And we both know that just because a site is marked as 16 and up, doesn’t mean the younger (more impressionable ones) aren’t going to get on. My saving graces are that mine haven’t discovered it yet and the one oldest has no interest in those kind of games. At least right now.



April 12, 2012 at 12:50 pm

Oh so sadly true. All of it. I’m so glad we all focused some energy, attention and website space to this discussion today. We need to speak up as women for what is right and for what standards we are promoting in our own homes and families with our daughters AND sons. Only through the modeling of correct, appropriate and respectful behavior at home can we possibly hope to turn the trend in a more positive direction for our future.
 
Thank you, Kristen, for sharing your unpleasant find with the rest of us.



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