A Peek Inside Instagram's Thriving Tween American Girl Doll Fandom 

The Internet is a giant mechanism for facilitating fandoms—no news there. And yet, it never ceases to amaze! For instance, were you aware that American Girl devotees are, as we speak, posting hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of lovingly composed shots of their dolls in various costumes on Instagram?
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New Line of Dolls For Kids With Disabilities is Created After Campaign

Toy Like Me is a recent Facebook campaign calling for more representation and diversity in the toy industry with their main goal being the production of toys for children with disabilities. The page features submissions from parents who have given makeovers to existing toys to better represent their kids. Makies, a UK… »5/16/15 4:45pm5/16/15 4:45pm

Thomas Edison's Talking Dolls Are Eternal Nightmare Fodder

In 1890, the phonograph company helmed by Thomas Edison began producing talking dolls for children. The product was initially a flop because kids “found them difficult to operate and more scary than cuddly,” according to the New York Times. Look at and listen to the dolls and you’ll see exactly why they were so… »5/05/15 2:40pm5/05/15 2:40pm

20 Weird, Insane And Extremely Disturbing Barbie Dolls

There are plenty of lists about the “weirdest” Barbie dolls on the internet, but they only scratch the surface of the insane, sometimes terrifying world of the best-selling doll. Here are 20 totally real, official Barbies that prove she hasn’t just conquered girls toys, she may have literally conquered the universe. »1/30/15 1:28pm1/30/15 1:28pm

Woman Spends Thousands on Fake Babies Despite Having 4 Kids Of Her Own

Wendy Archer is a 40-year-old woman who loves her children. She bathes them, she feeds them and she dresses them in the latest styles. She's spent thousands on toys and accessories for them and she tells The Daily Mail that she couldn't bear to be without them. Archer is the perfect mother. There's just one catch: The… »6/23/14 9:30pm6/23/14 9:30pm

Doctor Barbie Makes Girls Care Less About Becoming Doctor People

Astronaut, computer engineer, Hawaiian haver of "fun" —Barbie's held more jobs for which she's clearly unqualified than Ryan Seacrest. But all of her career costumes were supposed to be a means to an end, a way for girls to play with a doll who would encourage them to pursue their big dreams. Turns out, career-having… »3/05/14 3:00pm3/05/14 3:00pm

What Bizarre and Depraved Things Did You Subject Your Barbies To?

If you have been on the Internet in the past few weeks, it's likely been brought to your attention that Barbie, a little hunk of plastic shaped like a woman with synthetic hair on it, appeared in Sports Illustrated. Many feminists see this unholy union as a perfect reification of the problems with both crumbling… »2/21/14 1:20pm2/21/14 1:20pm

Barbie Design Boss Explains Doll's Ludicrous Measurements

For years, Barbie has been the go-to example of the ways our culture teaches girls to strive toward unrealistic beauty standards. Well, the brand's VP of design has finally responded to the critics. She counters that the realism isn't the point—the doll's design is mostly about making tiny clothes that actually fit. »2/03/14 11:00am2/03/14 11:00am

Channel 4 Doc Explores the Men Who Turn Themselves into Living Dolls

Tonight, Channel 4 in the UK will premiere an hour long documentary, Secrets of the Living Dolls, about female maskers and the men behind them.

Female maskers/dolls are a community of men who use latex rubber suits to recreate and exaggerate the female form. Also, they wear full face masks often with heavy drag… »1/06/14 12:40pm1/06/14 12:40pm

The Glorious, Unmitigated Hysteria of the American Girl Doll Store

"This place is three floors? Oh my God," a wide-eyed dad let slip after taking a quick pic of his gleeful daughter. "Holy cow," he added a moment later, still unable to process what he'd gotten himself into. Clearly someone had not been properly prepared for the sublime majesty of the Fifth Avenue American Girl Place. »12/19/13 4:05pm12/19/13 4:05pm