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A Method For Santa's Madness - De File
Does Collecting Make You Feel Dirty?
cbertsch
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A Method For Santa's Madness
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cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: December 27th, 2007 04:34 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I used to think so too. I still find the dolls that are meant to look like girls disturbing. But the historical characters and the Girl of the Year characters -- Nikki is the latter -- are accompanied by a fictional apparatus that is actually pretty wholesome, despite its absurd price. And the self-help books and magazine that the company puts out are excellent. What I'm saying is that, although I hid the free catalogs mailed to us for years, I'm glad that, in the face of extreme beginning-of-third-grade trauma, I relented and let Skylar get sucked in to the proto-tween consumerist maelstrom.
pissang From: pissang Date: December 29th, 2007 04:27 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
The dolls aren't so much disturbing as the store. It has a beauty salon for the dolls, a theater, a clothing department and so on. You can pay to get your doll's hair cut. And due to the location, there were plenty of people who could afford to patronize.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: December 31st, 2007 03:07 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Yeah, that part of it is pretty creepy. Although the dolls are meant to last, which puts a little backspin on the hyper consumerism. The point is to take care of the few dolls you have -- they even have a "hospital" -- rather than to constantly buy new ones. I mean, up to a point. The really rich are still excessive.
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