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A lesson unlearned on creepiness

As I exited the Nugget supermarket, I passed by a woman who was talking to a small object she was bouncing up and down in her arms. The swaddled object turned out to be a baby doll. She was cooing to the doll and as I passed said, "Oh, is something wrong, little dear?"

Perhaps I should not call it creepy, but it was definitely a little unnerving and surprising. There was no actual lesson, hence the unlearned part (which begs the question: How do you unlearn something you didn't learn in the first place? You decide).

(I will duly note that my flour-baby Hernando received a lot of very important baby talks in a stroller at the dog park in high school. This lasted right up until he became cake.)

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yotie
Jan. 10th, 2009 09:03 am (UTC)
Real dolls!
It's catching on-- people are spending $900 for a doll that looks like a real baby and then treating it like one. Wow, it's almost too depressing to think about.
rinalia
Jan. 10th, 2009 10:44 pm (UTC)
Re: Real dolls!
Wow, that is depressing. There are so many useful things I could spend $900 on and a fake baby isn't ever going to make the list.
slave2tehtink
Jan. 10th, 2009 10:19 am (UTC)
Years ago one of my cousins bought one of those really lifelike baby dolls and toted it around and bought it clothes and took its picture and talked about it like it was real... I was in my mid-20's so she had to ahve been in her late 20's.

I was not allowed to mercilessly mock her for this, according to my mother.
rinalia
Jan. 10th, 2009 10:45 pm (UTC)
Wow. Well, I guess that's better than my cousin who popped out 4 kids in 5 years with four different partners. She coulda used a lifelike baby doll in lieu.
slave2tehtink
Jan. 10th, 2009 10:51 pm (UTC)
It was a WEIRD TIME. Said cousin had always wanted nothing more than to be married and have babies. The other cousin had gotten married already and just HAD her first baby.

Weird cousin was sort-of-kind-of-engaged at the time and had no babies, so had baby doll instead.

My Dad and my other cousin's husband and I used to get together and snort and giggle outside before we could go in to join any family gatherings.
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rinalia
Jan. 10th, 2009 10:47 pm (UTC)
Mr. Stitchy has character and would not be confused for a baby (I hope).

In high school we had a "marriage" (yeah, seriously) class and part of it included "having a baby". We were given 5-lb sacks of flour and had to care for them like a kid for a month or something. The class didn't inspire me to get married and have kids, so I guess it worked. ;)
smeddley
Jan. 10th, 2009 07:57 pm (UTC)
I saw a TV show on that. And, honestly, if people say that's okay, I think it's hypocritical to turn around and be disgusted by men who have rubber girlfriends, because, honestly, it's the same thing. Using a doll substitute to fill an emotional (okay, and physical) need.

...I'm definitely creeped out by both. To me, those are things you see people in asylums doing. It doesn't matter if it's a flower pot or a baby doll, treating something that's not a baby just like a baby is weird.
rinalia
Jan. 10th, 2009 10:48 pm (UTC)
I hear you. In some way, maybe it's good no babies are actually being born to fulfill that need.
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