Hello Kitty...Bye Kitty!



“One…two Kitty is coming for you. Three…four better lock your door. Five…six grab your crucifix. Seven…eight gonna stay up late. Nine…ten Never Sleep Again!”

Most girlies love Hello Kitty; which makes me think that perhaps I am the weirdest woman on earth. But I am not (there is worst out there) thus I decided to sit and analyse why Miss Hello gets to my wits so much, and I came to the conclusion that 3 things are hazardous in her:

  1. The silly flower she wears in her head
  2. The predilection for pink.
  3. The fact that she has no mouth.

Wearing flowers in the hair looks beautiful and romantic in the movies; but in real life…bugs migrate from the flower to one’s hair, resulting into an itchy scalp (then if in the company of a love interest one can’t even scratch the head lest he thinks one has seborrhoea).
Whenever I look at Kitty’s frocks (pink, pink, pink) I just feel like telling her “Darling, there are other colours in this world!” and offer myself to re-do her entire wardrobe. Does anyone take females in pink seriously? No.

Interestingly enough, Hello Kitty has no mouth. What is the underlying message here? It is quite simple: “Females…shut it!!”
Kitty is there to brainwash girls into shutting their pretty and rosy little mouths and doing what they were born to do…dressed in pink, with a red apron, and a flower in their heads.

Mothers of the world: society needs intelligent, strong, independent women; but that is not what it is going to get if you keep on brainwashing your girls with this frightening doll.

One…two Kitty is coming for you. Three…four better lock your door. Five…six grab your crucifix. Seven…eight she’ll doom your fate. Nine…ten You’ll Be Gagged Again!

Comments

  1. Hello Maxy,

    I am not much of a doll fan, but I must come to the rescue of HK. Why oh why are you picking on that innocent little kitty? Mariah Carey loves her and that is enough to keep her pockets full. Compared to the brainwashing of Disney, (having girls think that they are going to find princes - and that princes are good enough), Hello Kitty is mild. What about Barbie with her 19 inch waist? The only way a woman can achieve that is to have a rib removed or starve to death. What about The Bratz with their racy clothes? What message does that send to young girls to dress like little harlots.

    Let the kids have the innocence of the kitty. If Hello Kitty doesn't have a mouth, the less likely she is to hurt someone's feelings. She communicates through her eyes and her soft furry sounds. ;D

    This post was so warm and fuzzy. Hello Kitty would approve. I think she should marry My Little Pony and their kids will be called My Little Kitty.

    Hello Kitty Cheers!

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  2. This is funny, because without knowing what you had written, I saw the preview for this post on my blogger. All I could see was the picture of "Hello Kitty", and I thought to myself, "That's strange, Max doesn't strike me as a "Hello Kitty" kind of girl!" lol
    I'm with you, I'm not fond of it. I'm not even sure what it is I don't like, but I think it's just a bit too juvenile in design. There are dolls that I think are cute, but this one doesn't appeal to me. But I never thought about the subliminal message of the "no mouth". Good point!

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  3. Max
    Is that "Atirei o pau no gato" version in english that you wrote down?
    I really didn't know it!

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  4. Hi Lady A :D!

    "Why oh why are you picking on that innocent little kitty?"

    LOL because she is ridiculous and sends out a tacit dangerous message...

    "Mariah Carey loves her and that is enough to keep her pockets full."

    LOL need I say more? *nodding*

    "Compared to the brainwashing of Disney, (having girls think that they are going to find princes - and that princes are good enough), Hello Kitty is mild. What about Barbie with her 19 inch waist? The only way a woman can achieve that is to have a rib removed or starve to death. What about The Bratz with their racy clothes? What message does that send to young girls to dress like little harlots."

    ROFL ROFL ROFL....so true, so true...you see, I knew you would mention all the brainwash goodies in this world. The Bratz is another ridiculous doll...

    "Let the kids have the innocence of the kitty. If Hello Kitty doesn't have a mouth, the less likely she is to hurt someone's feelings. She communicates through her eyes and her soft furry sounds. ;D"

    LOL Kitty is not innocent, that is the problem. ROFL ROFL ROFL...sorry, I look at Kitty and I feel like slapping her...I can't help it.

    "This post was so warm and fuzzy. Hello Kitty would approve. I think she should marry My Little Pony and their kids will be called My Little Kitty."

    ROFL it was not! LOL LOL....you kill me!
    ROFL ROFL....

    Lady A, thank you for having made me laugh: you rock! *tearing of so much laughter*....

    Bye Kitty Cheers

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  5. Hey D! :D

    "This is funny, because without knowing what you had written, I saw the preview for this post on my blogger. All I could see was the picture of "Hello Kitty", and I thought to myself, "That's strange, Max doesn't strike me as a "Hello Kitty" kind of girl!" lol"

    LOL LOL you were so right: I am not a Hello Kitty kind of girl at all. In fact, I look at her I feel like wrestling her LOL...

    "I'm with you, I'm not fond of it. I'm not even sure what it is I don't like, but I think it's just a bit too juvenile in design. There are dolls that I think are cute, but this one doesn't appeal to me. But I never thought about the subliminal message of the "no mouth". Good point!"

    *High 5*! Before analysing her I didn't know what irritated me either...*nodding*. There are cute dolls, but this one is not. Thanks, D!

    D, thanks a lot for sharing your thoughts on Kitty. May we both tell her: Bye Kitty! :D

    Cheers

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  6. Hey Cidão :D!

    "Is that "Atirei o pau no gato" version in english that you wrote down? I really didn't know it!"

    Oh no....this is Freddy Kruger's song...remember "The Nightmare in Elm Street"? I adapted it to Kitty...as a way to say that I prefer Freddy over her any time LOL ;)...

    "Atirei o pau ao gato" is our version of a cruel song (I don't even know why we sing it to kids) *nodding*.

    Beijos

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  7. I personally never cared for her, i'm a Winnie the Pooh person.

    The fact she has no mouth has always bothered me! Plus I'm more red than pink ;-)

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  8. I personally never cared for her, i'm a Winnie the Pooh person.

    The fact she has no mouth has always bothered me! Plus I'm more red than pink ;-)

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  9. Now what pastimes did my parents cultivate in me when I was just knee high to a grass hopper?

    Well, let me count the ways: Meccano sets, Thunderbird (International Rescue) toys, Tonka trucks, Matchbox cars, boxing, rugby league and cricket, just to name a few!

    But all of this didn't stop me from becoming a male nurse, now did it? No, not on your Nelly!

    Take Care,
    Peter

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  10. But she is Japanese! Don't the Japanese get to set their own standards?

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  11. HE HE HE HE HE HE...interesting. I've never really liked Hello Kitty myself 'coz she wears pink and she seems to represent a type of boring female he he he he...

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  12. Ciao Max,

    There's one thing which was intended to be cute and turned out creepy.
    The doll was clearly made to target Asian and Middle Eastern market where women are encouraged to limit the use of the mouth to the minimum necessary.

    Max, I like the new format: shorter and straight to the point!

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  13. Hi Max,

    Hello Kitty is as much bizarre as a burka and whomever created the doll, obviously, thinks rather superficially of women.

    1. Flower on the head: women must have their hair done no matter what...
    2. Pink outfit and mouthless: women must exercise quietness, modesty and above all remain dumb!

    We reckon that, in Asia and most of the Middle East countries, it is cultural for women to be valued more if they are docile; but this doll was a dummy idea.

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  14. Oh Max you are just too funny, lol. And I hate to tell you I never heard of Kitty. BTW you said: 'The fact that she has no mouth.' - how about that round thing under the chin, is that a tongue, lol. Max girl thanks for the laughs, you are the best - I mean it. Anna :)

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  15. It is now 13 months since I was in Hawaii, a time that will live forever in my heart as I had the opportunity to hug, hold paws with and spend time with Hello Kitty on the streets of Honolulu.

    I was surprised at how tall she was, how willowy her form is in person and how pronounced her unequivocal purring beauty.

    She was one of the most genuine and compassionate of persons I have ever met. Both my wife and I enjoyed the humility and friendliness of Kitty to be a wonderful example for all.

    Grouchy Max next thing you know you will be denouncing Santa…

    A Hello Kitty hug to you…and all.

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  16. Hi Zhu :D!

    "I personally never cared for her, i'm a Winnie the Pooh person."

    Winnie the Pooh is so cute...and he has a mouth LOL ;)...

    "The fact she has no mouth has always bothered me! Plus I'm more red than pink ;-)"

    LOL LOL red is better than pink, although it is not my colour... ;)

    Girl, thanks for your comment :D!

    Cheers

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  17. Hi Peter :D!

    "Well, let me count the ways: Meccano sets, Thunderbird (International Rescue) toys, Tonka trucks, Matchbox cars, boxing, rugby league and cricket, just to name a few!"

    Thunderbird toys rocked!! Matchbox cars...I had them too.

    "But all of this didn't stop me from becoming a male nurse, now did it? No, not on your Nelly!"

    LOL and a good one too, I am sure :D.

    Peter, thanks for your input, man :D!

    Cheers

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  18. Hey Looney :D!

    "But she is Japanese! Don't the Japanese get to set their own standards?"

    Absolutely, the Japanese do get to set their own standards...in their own country.
    If Japanese women are ok with this silly doll it is their problem. But women in the Western world refuse to be gagged and they should decry any sort of castration symbols.

    Looney, thanks for your input :D!

    Cheers

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  19. Hey Amel :D!

    "HE HE HE HE HE HE...interesting. I've never really liked Hello Kitty myself 'coz she wears pink and she seems to represent a type of boring female he he he he..."

    LOL so true...I agree with you.

    Girl, thanks a million times for your input :D! Boring female is the right expression...

    Cheers

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  20. Hey Mark :D!

    "Funny!"

    LOL thanks, man :D!

    Cheers

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  21. Ciao Dux :D!

    "There's one thing which was intended to be cute and turned out creepy."

    LOL So true...

    "The doll was clearly made to target Asian and Middle Eastern market where women are encouraged to limit the use of the mouth to the minimum necessary."

    I must agree with you on this one...*nodding*...but not all Middle Eastern women are encouraged to limit their communication tools: the women of a certain people are very much encouraged to express themselves (if I am not mistaken).

    "Max, I like the new format: shorter and straight to the point!"

    Thanks! And I am glad you like it :D!

    Dux, thank you a million times for your comment: I loved it :D!

    Cheers

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  22. Hi C.C :D!

    "Hello Kitty is as much bizarre as a burka and whomever created the doll, obviously, thinks rather superficially of women."

    So true!

    "1. Flower on the head: women must have their hair done no matter what..."

    LOL LOL...well, I can't say that I agree with the rolls on the head all day either...but women are entitled to have their hair dishevelled if they wish (from times to times).

    "2. Pink outfit and mouthless: women must exercise quietness, modesty and above all remain dumb!"

    LOL yes, that is the message...*spit*.

    "We reckon that, in Asia and most of the Middle East countries, it is cultural for women to be valued more if they are docile; but this doll was a dummy idea."

    "docile" ROFL ROFL ROFL ROFL I loved it! I agree that this doll was a very unfortunate idea...*nodding*.

    C.C, thank you ever so much for your amazing input: I adored it :D!

    Cheers

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  23. Hey Anna :D!

    "Oh Max you are just too funny, lol. And I hate to tell you I never heard of Kitty. BTW you said: 'The fact that she has no mouth.' - how about that round thing under the chin, is that a tongue, lol. Max girl thanks for the laughs, you are the best - I mean it."

    You never heard of Kitty? You are so fortunate then!
    LOL no, it is not a tongue...it must be a silly accessory (just like the flower on her head) LOL...
    Girl, I am just glad I can make you laugh LOL :D! Thanks for your kindness :D!

    Anna, I loved your comment...you always put a smile on my face :D!

    Cheers

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  24. Hey LS :D!

    "It is now 13 months since I was in Hawaii, a time that will live forever in my heart as I had the opportunity to hug, hold paws with and spend time with Hello Kitty on the streets of Honolulu."

    ROFL ROFL ROFL ROFL...*nodding*..."hold paws"? ROFL ROFL ROFL ROFL you kill me!

    "I was surprised at how tall she was, how willowy her form is in person and how pronounced her unequivocal purring beauty."

    LOL oh please...you fell in love with her? What was it...her constant silence?

    "She was one of the most genuine and compassionate of persons I have ever met. Both my wife and I enjoyed the humility and friendliness of Kitty to be a wonderful example for all."

    Of course she was: she hardly expresses herself...her eyes must show a lot of compassion though (and tears for not being able to speak at all). When you say that she is a wonderful example for all...are you saying all women should be like Kitty (a total nightmare)?

    "Grouchy Max next thing you know you will be denouncing Santa…"

    ROFL ROFL grouchy....yeah, right!
    Santa who?

    "A Hello Kitty hug to you…and all."

    LOL thanks...

    LS, thank you for the laughs...you kill me, man!

    Cheers

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  25. Bravo, my dear Max, for articulating such a truth. Pink and mouthless at the same time-- and we know the emotive/psychological lure and connotation of pinkish purple--the effect it has on men, anyway!

    Give me my lips, un-pinked, and for goodness' sake, get me shoes and out of the kitchen!

    Well done and funny too, Max...

    Cheers to you, my Leader!

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  26. Lol, I used to love HK when I was very young. :) My daughter is very much like you though, she was never fond of HK.

    I hope you had a great weekend sweetie. *hugs*

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  27. Hey Lynda :D!

    "Bravo, my dear Max, for articulating such a truth. Pink and mouthless at the same time-- and we know the emotive/psychological lure and connotation of pinkish purple--the effect it has on men, anyway!"

    Thank you, darling *bowing*. LOL indeed, indeed...*nodding*...

    "Give me my lips, un-pinked, and for goodness' sake, get me shoes and out of the kitchen!"

    *High 5* Absolutely!!!

    "Well done and funny too, Max..."

    lol Thanks, girl :D!

    Lynda, thank you so much for your great comment :D!

    Cheers

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  28. Hi Liza :D!

    "Lol, I used to love HK when I was very young. :) My daughter is very much like you though, she was never fond of HK."

    LOL AHA...a HK fan: finally! LOL ;)....
    Your daughter knows the name of the game: you go, girl :D!

    Liza, my adorable friend, thank you for your input :D!

    Cheers

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  29. I never really thought of her as not having a mouth. I thought that Hello Kitty was the most simplified geometric design and that parts of her were therefore implied, such as the mouth. In other cartoons, it isn't uncommon to use visual shorthand. I thought that Hello Kitty's mouth was comparable to Beetle Bailey's eyes, i.e. they are there, but not prominent. Beetle Bailey is a soldier, and therefore must have eyes. In animated cartoons, Hello Kitty does speak.

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  30. Hi Anonymous :D!

    Welcome to MAX!

    "I thought that Hello Kitty was the most simplified geometric design and that parts of her were therefore implied, such as the mouth."

    I see...

    "I thought that Hello Kitty's mouth was comparable to Beetle Bailey's eyes, i.e. they are there, but not prominent. Beetle Bailey is a soldier, and therefore must have eyes. In animated cartoons, Hello Kitty does speak."

    Ah, but perhaps Beetle Bailey's lack of eye is a reference to blind obedience...
    Hello Kitty sends out a nasty message, and if in cartoons she speaks despite her lack of mouth...it is even worst.

    Thanks for your input; I loved it :D!

    Cheers

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