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Finally a doll we can relate to (sort of)

We have to admit, we’ve never been huge fans of Barbie. We’d be lying if we didn’t admit that we secretly cheer when Gina’s imperfect dog Candy gets a hold of one. (“Mommy, Candy chewed off all Barbie’s hair!”) It’s just that we find it so hard to relate to a beautiful, thin doll with no body hair and a neck the size of the space needle. The worst part is, she doesn’t even have scars that indicate that she had lipo, tummy tucks, or breast implants.  That’s why we were so pleased to discover a new doll from Mattel — Clawdeen Wolf.  Sure, we can’t relate to her petite figure or flowing hair, but we can relate to the fact that this doll is hairy and requires constant waxing and plucking. Now that’s reality, particularly for those of us of Italian descent.

Of course, parenting experts say the doll sets a bad example for young girls. Who said anything about young girls having one? We’re both buying one for ourselves.

What do you think?

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4 Responses to Finally a doll we can relate to (sort of)

  1. Susan March 22, 2011 at 12:13 pm #

    We Slavs are pretty hairly as well.

    I’m glad I have you gals to keep me up to speed on these things.

    I would love to see this doll/wolf in action! I will have to pass on this purchase. I can’t keep up with my own grooming.

  2. Schmoopie March 22, 2011 at 12:56 pm #


    Here’s what a Mattel spokesperson had to say about the Monster High dolls:

    “Monster High was the number one best selling new fashion doll of 2010 according to NPD and is resonating with teen and tween girls. Grounded in a clever and humorous storytelling, Monster High characters deliver a positive message of celebrating ones imperfections and embracing those of others.”

    Is someone at Mattel reading your blog on IMPERFECTION?

    When will they come up with Flo(at) McFoley? The bloating doll? complete with water pills and a collapsable cup? Jus Sayin!

    Or Menta(l) McFoley
    Imperfect on the outside but read her journal… she can take ya to Crazyville! There might be a stigma alert on this one, right NAMI? heheh

  3. Sandra Compton March 22, 2011 at 1:29 pm #

    I think it would be a strong lesson in reality,,, because kids are almost pre-trained especially girls to be very self conscious by what they see and are exposed to,,, they see all these photoshopped and overly gorgeous bullemics and expect to look like them,, and are devastated inside for being “real” ,, which is so sad,,, I think hairy doll is about the neatest new doll I have seen come out in quite awhile ,,, cheers to those willing to put her hairy self out there,

  4. Monex March 26, 2011 at 12:40 pm #

    Looks like American Girl is very up to date with contemporary issues that girls and their parents can relate to or at least recognize see also . .In their unending march towards every American girl owning an American Girl Doll that has hobbies clothes friends not to mention like their owner I think theyre hopping on the economic downturn bandwagon.

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