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Monday, December 29, 2008

Does Your Little Susie Really Need A Doll That Poops?

What happened to the simple things in life? I remember when I was growing up our toys consisted of plain old dolls, teddy bears, Legos and trucks. If you were a lucky boy, you might get a train set. A girl might get a fancy Barbie Doll, with all the requisite accoutrements. Now, kids demand (and get) X-Boxes, and dolls like Baby Alive, a supremely creepy doll that actually 'poops' and 'pees'. Manufactured by Hasbro back in 1973, they've brought the Baby Alive doll back, and it's supposedly more "life-like" than ever. You feed the doll a disgusting green concoction and it eventually comes out the other side. The same goes for drink. This incarnation of Baby Alive also talks, and says things like "Uh, oh, I made a stinky."

Apparently appealing to both girls and boys, it's the latest rage and stores are having a difficult time keeping it on their shelves, so the $39.99- $59.99 doll can cost as much as $109.00 on Amazon.com, for the African-American or Hispanic versions.

Why does a young child need to learn how to change a diaper? And whatever happened to make-believe? If we leave nothing to our children's imaginations, what happens to their imaginations? I also have to wonder if all these life-like baby dolls don't somehow contribute to our children having babies at early ages. If they are being given more life-like toys, won't they actually keep yearning for the real thing?

I don't have kids, but I can't help think this is so totally wrong.

Dolls that pee and poop? What next?!

5 comments:

WomanHonorThyself said...

oish !..long time no see girly! Happy New Year hugssssssss from your friend in NYC!:)

DD2 aka Debonair Dude said...

Happy New Year to you and yours and please be safe MY Friend

Pat Jenkins said...

a doll that asks for the car keys incog?... he he...parents of this generation sure have had a tough time saying no to their kids. and i wonder if this "trouble" will come back and bite the kids some day....

Zack R said...

Amazing post. For absolute realism I demand a doll that straps suicide belts on and blows up the child's other dolls. All kidding aside though, the one possible upside of this abomination is that the crapping doll might just utterly turn off kids to having babies before they're ready to deal with the many unglamorous aspects of child rearing.

Anonymous said...

So much drama from adult blogger for a little doll. Kids will have imagination no matter if the doll dance, sing or do some other less glamorous activities and education and example from their parents are more important in the live of the kids than a simple doll.