Here at The Outhouse, your #1 online source for serious social commentary. we've spoken at length about some of the controversies surrounding the sexualization of role models for young girls, most recently with the Powerpuff Girls variant cover a few months ago, and before that with the adaptation of beloved gender-neutral cartoon My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic into teen romantic drama My Little Pony: Equestria Girls. Though we haven't addressed it directly, perhaps a bigger problem than cartoons and comics is the proliferation of dolls promoting impossible, unhealthy body image and dressed in sexualized clothing with tons of makeup. One artist, Nickolay Lamm, is seeking a proactive solution to this problem by providing an alternative doll solution: Lammily. From the website:
What if Fashion Dolls Were Made Using Standard Human Body Proportions?
For as little as $17, you can pre-order a first edition Lammily, and there are other rewards at higher contribution levels. If the doll is a massive success, major toy manufacturers might take notice and start offering some realistic dolls of their own. Lammily will be sized similarly to other "fashion dolls" and is expected to ship in November. Lamm hopes to expand the line in the future to include dolls of other races. Egomaniacal naming convention aside, I think it's a great idea.
The crowdfunding campaign is being run on a platform called Crowdtilt rather than the more well-known Kickstarter. It looks legit to us, but do your own research to see if you're comfortable. As we've seen recently, even a brand name crowdfunding site like Kickstarter can't guarantee that you'll get something for your money.
Those (possibly unfounded) concerns aside, as a father of two young girls, I'm very happy to learn about this project and I'll be backing it. If this is an issue that concerns you as well, I hope you'll consider doing the same.
Oh fuck you, you people read articles about action figures all the time, I can write about dolls if I want to!
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