Vet-Peddled Poison + other Weekly Discoveries

Vet-peddled poison, the original Barbie was a hooker, how the US treats single women, and more…


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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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Reader Discussion: 38 Comments

  1. Avatar of Sarah Evanston

    Sarah Evanston

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

  2. Avatar of Kylie Johnson

    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. Avatar of Matilda Parker

    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. Avatar of Kim Hartford

    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. Avatar of Chanelle Lewis

    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.

    • Avatar of Lena Dzeko

      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. Avatar of Sonja Fallow

    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.

    • Avatar of Sonja Fallow

      Sonja Fallow

      I meant *Feminine

      Sorry for the typo.

  7. Avatar of Michelle Hewitt

    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. Avatar of Dana Rosatti

    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.


  9. Avatar of Gina Mehari

    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. 🙂

    • Avatar of Elin Hanks

      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. Avatar of Jodie Carpenter

    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!

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