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We are all part of a global community, and in that spirit we take each Friday to spread the love to others who’ve inspired us. In our Great Discoveries series, we feature the most interesting articles, a must-watch video and the most inspirational quote we discovered this week. Please spread the love and enjoy your day!

Vet-Peddled Poison + other Weekly Discoveries

The Single American Woman

A fascinating look at how the American government has treated single women, over the decades, and the impact it will have on future elections. [Read on NYMag]

Vet-Peddled Poison + other Weekly Discoveries

Is the pet food you are serving up making your four-legged friend chronically ill? (and making your vet rich)

If you have pets, you simply must read this article. [Read in the Daily Mail]

How to make your daughter’s dolls look soooo much better:
Vet-Peddled Poison + other Weekly Discoveries

Meet Lilli, the High-end German Call Girl who became America’s Iconic Barbie Doll

And suddenly it all makes sense… [Read on Messy Nessy Chic]

Vet-Peddled Poison + other Weekly Discoveries

11 Middle-Aged Women Strip Down To Reclaim ‘Sexy’ On Their Own Terms

Here’s why they feel sexier now than in their 20s. [Read on Huffington Post]

“The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.”

–Alice Walker

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38 Comments

  1. Sarah Evanston

    Cool video!!! Very creative 🙂 Wish I would have that talent too… Would love to give my dolls new look!

  2. I think Tree Change Dolls are interesting because they are not mass-produced. They are the artwork of just this one woman in Tasmania and her mother. If Monster High Dolls represent a more-extreme version of Bratz, and Bratz themselves are a more extreme version of Barbie, I don’t see anything bad about creating a doll that goes one level further in the opposite extreme away from glamour too. And if these Tree Change Dolls were mass-produced, they’d represent that. They aren’t mass-produced though, so all the attention this one lady is getting obviously represents some sort of yearning. She’s tapped into the fact that different kinds of people want different choices. While some children will crave Monster High, others may want a Tree Change type of doll (if they are ever, in fact, sold anywhere.) There will probably even be some children who will want to play with all of the different kinds of dolls too, depending on their mood at the time. 🙂

  3. Matilda Parker

    The fun thing with these “made-under dolls” is that they will still fit into the Barbie and Bratz clothes and now the kids can have fun “making” them up themselves with make up, etc… They can see that you can be natually beautiful and get dolled up when you want to. Maybe the toy companies will take this idea and create something like that. 🙂

  4. Kim Hartford

    “Single women are a revolutionary force challenging social definitions, getting married later in life, or not at all, and changing “everything about the way the nation works”.

    That’s like calling hobos ” a revolutionary force challenging social definitions, getting homes later in life, or not at all, and changing “everything about the way the nation works””
    Fewer people are getting married, women are getting the short end of the stick. It’s not a revolution to be single, it just means nobody thinks you’re worth the trouble. Which is just horrible and so wrong.

  5. I think for me, the idea of these dolls is refreshing because every single doll I look at on the shelves has massive make up, hair dos and clothing of only ONE style. All of them. They all look the same. There is not one ‘au naturelle’ doll out there. So going to the store to choose a doll for my daughter is limited (just like Pink aisles of toys). There is no variety which is completely unfair to the wide range of consumers out there. Toy manufacturers have told me what to buy my daughter. I have no choice. I have nothing against women who style themselves in the same fashion as the “make up” dolls , some friends of mine do, they are smart and kind people. My 3yo daughter loves wearing dresses (so do I), of course I don’t stop her, that’s ridiculous. But when manufacturers limit their style of dolls I think they’re missing a very large group of people. This woman is filling that massive void.

    • Lena Dzeko

      It’s definitely an interesting point that you raise. But there are already a lot of girl dolls on the market that don’t look dissimilar to the Tree Change Dolls. They just don’t involve a “before” and “after” series. Take for example the American Girl doll range? http://www.americangirl.com/ 🙂

  6. Sonja Fallow

    eminine Intelligence is the key to shaping the future, whether single or not. The US is finally catching up with the rest of the world, 30 years later.

    • Sonja Fallow

      I meant *Feminine

      Sorry for the typo.

  7. I’m not even gonna go on about the old ladies, I left a comment on your Facebook post that explains my thoughts on that LOL

    I’m commenting here to say I like these dolls, not because they’re ‘made under’ but because they offer an alternative to the over saturated doll market of ‘made up’ dolls. It’s nice to see dolls that look like children, because let’s face it is children who play with them and children who relate to them. I say open up dolls to each and every style so we may create a society that is accepting and open to all ethnicities, styles, belief, etc.

  8. Dana Rosatti

    As a doll collector, I really enjoyed and appreciate this week’s finds. The Bild’s Lilli doll was cloned and copied by so many doll makers, not just by Barbie. For those who are interested, in the link below you can see some dolls cloned by other companies based on the Lilli doll.

    http://www.dollreference.com/bild_lilli_clones_competitors.html

  9. These “made under” dolls are super cute and more natural than what they once were. I love that she upcycled these faddish dolls that would have otherwise ended up in the dump. Toy manufactures need to take heed to this outpouring of acceptance of the more natural faced dolls. These dolls remind me of a mini version of the ever famous and popular American Girl Dolls. 🙂

    • Elin Hanks

      Interesting point to raise about the “recycling” factor at play here. It’s also interesting that you mention the American Girl Dolls- certainly they are an extremely popular example of “normal” looking girl dolls that are already on the market. The difference between those dolls and the Tree Change Dolls however, is that AGDs are not subject to a makeover, a “before” and “after” that suggests how “girl” ought to be constructed.

  10. The Tree Change dolls are awesome and I wish that they existed when my daughters were young. They got Bratz dolls because that’s what they wanted. I always had a problem with overly-sexualized dolls. They really gave my daughters an unrealistic idea of the female body, and beauty. The make up, well, I thought it was clownish and ridiculous. The clothes, even more so. I don’t think we need to encourage young girls to conform to idealistic (men’s) standards. I’m not sure, but I believe that most of the toy industry is dominated by men. As a woman, I know that if I had the artistic inclination, the Tree Change dolls would be something I’d have developed (without the Barbi-esque, unrealistic figures). Young girls need to understand that there is nothing wrong with the way they are born, skin, hair, body type and all. They don’t need to strive to conform to hypersexualized standards. When they are older, they can choose to cover ‘flaws’ that they see in themselves, like birthmarks on their faces, freckles, etc. however they wish to. Make up is not good for women, anyway, unless they use naturally derived products. *sigh* this debate will go on forever…. I’m just voicing my opinion. I love these dolls. – despite the boobs and tiny waists, they are definitely more embracing of the natural ‘female’. She gets a high five from me for upcycling, too!

  11. Merry Robinson

    Some very awesome articles. I just love you to bits and enjoy everything that I have read so far. 🙂 i especially like the one with pet food and middle aged women. I always find something new and inspiring over there. Thanks for all of the great writing you produce on this site! 🙂

  12. Pamela Sanabria

    Could somebody pretty please tell me how these middle aged ladies reclaimed sexy by showing their bodies off? Is this Huffington Post’s understanding of sexy? If so, I’m never visiting that site again.

  13. Shannon Bradley

    I don’t know about most other brands, but I’ve read and heard a lot about Purina, and how dangerous it is for our pets. Even my vet calls it junk food. The company was sued for allegedly killing thousands of pets.

    • Jae Medina

      Since I have switched back to Purina pro plan savor my three dogs are lethargic, throwing up, diarrhea, fever. I started them all out on this product when they were puppies then they all got sick. Vet now says food is safe again so I switched back for one week now. Now going back to something other than a Purina product that is killing our dogs slowly.

  14. Franny Pimms

    Is it just me or do the Bratz dolls look incredibly horrifyig with all that make up and weirdly shaped eyebrows? I never understood whey they are so popular. I love these more natural looking, madeunder versions waaaay better!

    • Kaitlyn Barrett

      Would be a bit harsh to say that The Bratz are horrying looking dolls. But I agree that they’re a bit overdone. They have this drag queen vibe, and I think it’s harmless.

      My only question is, I see that she’s changing the dolls, and reselling them. Wonder if the company that produces the Bratz dolls is ok with that?

  15. Louise Stone

    Wow, what a great set of articles from around the web. It includes news I’ve never thought of. I’ll have to bookmark this series and come back to it next time. I loved the ending quote of Alice Walker. Thanks for sharing!

  16. Amazing video! Such a lovely thing she’s done with those dolls. I wonder why’s she’s especailly chosen the Bratz dolls though.

  17. Jenny Garett

    I tend to feed my dog the same stuff as I eat, it doesn’t seem to do them any harm. No health problems whatsoever, he has great teeth and loads of energy. I’m giving him probiotics and some dry food as supplement. Tonight i’ll be feeding them spicy mince with peas and potatoes. 🙂

  18. Loved the article you shared. We single women face too many social challenges. I am single by choice, and I prefer it to stay that forever if possible. The soceity needs to stop acting like we’re freaks. Not everybody needs a “better half” to survive. I love being emotionally and financially independent.

  19. Applause to women! I believe three articles are perfect for women’s month:
    a. middle aged women who proved that, regardless of age, anyone can be sexy;
    b. article on being “single” (I believe women who opted to stay single made a powerful choice and decision);
    c. Lilli, the inspiration behind Barbie…

    Another great roundup, Urbanette!

  20. Camila Hilhorst

    Single women, especially those who are above 30 get treated differently. People look at them as if something is wrong with them. Married or taken women see them a potential theat, everybody try to find them a mr right… Even realtors start acting weird when they find out when you’re buying a house, “ooooohhh you’re single, but you’re buying a 3 bedroom apartment.” Too much pressure from the society. It’s a big struggle.

  21. Alice Harris

    I love your articles…could stay here all day lol. This was awesome and just what I needed this morning. I will be back for more. Thank you so much for sharing them!!!

  22. Andrea Mitchell

    What do these middle aged women, who are probably grandmothers, think they are doing? Yes, confidence is so sexy. But when you’re so overly confident that you don’t mind showing off your bits in front of cameras, I don’t have any respect for you, cause you sooooo do not respect yourself in the first place. They just want attention, like “helloooo, im old but i still got it. fancy a shag?” just no! What a big embarrasment for their families too.

  23. That video is inspirational! Makes me want to do the same but I’m not as talented when it comes to drawing. She’s basically redrawing their faces on.

  24. Christina Brown

    Such important and interesting ideas to wake up to. I have 2 dogs and 1 cat. 1 of them are at least 14 years old and one of them probably closer 10. All of them have lived on dried food without the slightest problem. And none of them have ever been to the vet in that time and are all in good health.

  25. Unfortunately, I had a cat who died because of commercial foods 🙁 Good thing you shared this article!

  26. Inspiring quote from Alice Walker! I’m not giving up my power 😉

    I had fun checking out this week’s collection. It was nice meeting Lilli 😉 Barbie dolls were part of my childhood…

  27. Courtney Watson

    Love this week’s collection! Informative article on the foods that we give our pets. They are not supposed (and it would be dangerous) to consume processed foods.

    Sending my cats love… ♥

  28. Emily Sauer

    Loved this one. The series fits the month of march- women’s month. For me, it’s perfectly fine if they think they are beautiful and sexy.
    What the audience thinks is something else. Anyway a clap to them for having the courage to do the stuff they want.

    • Yeah, these women are commendable! They are sexy because they are the courageous! Great photos!

  29. Hannah Mayers

    I remembered Beyonce’s song: “All the single ladies, all the single ladies… Now put your hands up!!!” (And I’m raising my hands… LOL)

    Yeah, single ladies are NOT and will never be alone! We just chose the company of friends, family or colleagues and we remain powerful 😉

  30. Shirley Fuchs

    This is one of the most interesting set of articles to be found online. Thank you ever so much for sharing.

  31. Wow! Great articles! I admire the courage of these middle-aged women who flaunted their “sexy” bodies. For me, being sexy is being confident regardless of your dress size…

    • Francis Woods

      I know right!!! I was like… lost for words!!! These women are really brave to have their photos posted!!! I admire them too!!!

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