Wednesday, November 19, 2014

"Lammily": The New, Revolutionized Doll

Today, I read an article about a new "realistic-looking" doll called "Lammily". Before I begin, a little background information: Lammily is a doll that comes with stick-on cellulite, stretch marks, stitches, tattoos, freckles and other characteristics of a real-life woman. Honestly, it all makes me cringe. There are just so many things wrong with trying to make a DOLL look realistic. First of all, what audience are the makers of this doll trying to appeal to, because it sure doesn't sound like they're advertising to children. When is the last time you heard a little girl (and I mean a five or six year old) analyze a doll's body shape, makeup, legs and appearance? Children play with a dolls because of the simple fact that dolls are fun to play with. Toys are supposed to take a child from reality into a fantasy, imaginative world. Creating a realistic-looking doll is a useless solution to a conflict that is essential to growing up; everyone is bound to feel insecure at one point or another. To reach maturity, a person must overcome that insecurity and realize that physical attractiveness is just one of the many characteristics that constitute beauty. This conflict within each person is not due to Barbie dolls looking skinny and unrealistic. It is a problem of self-esteem and our view of beauty in today's society.

When we start analyzing one physical aspect, we can start analyzing many more. Why are all of Lammily dolls' noses the same shape? Why do they only have light skin and straight hair? Why are their eyes perfectly shaped? Nobody's eyes are that proportionate. The criticisms are endless...

I was raised to believe that beauty is within. No matter how we look physically: large, small, tall, short, freckled, stumpy... our personalities always shine through. People are not to be compared to dolls. They are made of plastic while we are flesh and blood; it is a simple fact.

With that in mind, nobody should look at a barbie and feel angry. Barbies are dolls. They aren't real. Why not give the $501,000 used to manufacture these dolls to help send girls in Syria to school? Some people in the world aren't lucky enough to worry about observations as trivial as whether or not a doll is "realistic-looking". Hey America, are we buying dolls for girls or for their parents?