I recently discovered yet another thing I just don't get. Perhaps someone can help.
My Sunday paper comes with the USA Weekend Magazine, which of course is one of the first sections I turn to (after the Editorial page) because who doesn't like juicy celebrity gossip? Without fail, at least twice a month I find an advertisement page for these.
Now, let me first say that I understand that people collect things. I personally know adults who collect coins, tree ornaments, bears, etc. When I was a kid, I even collected Madame Alexander dolls (a name that I realize sounds mildly pornographic). I don't think there's anything strange about being a collector of most things. But these itty-bitty dolls that are marketed to adults as "life-like and "So Truly Real," I do not understand. (The website clearly states: "These dolls are not toys; they are fine collectibles to be enjoyed by adult collectors.")
These dolls appeared in this Sunday's edition. The description in the ad reads in part that at six inches long, they're "tiny enough to carry along with you to give you a delightful boost on the toughest day." I'm sorry, but the idea of a grown woman (or man!) carrying around one of these dolls in his/her pocket or handbag and peering at them throughout the day as a natural mood-booster freaks me the hell out. That's what caffeine and hard drugs are for, people!
Other eerily "life-like" mini baby dolls come with additional outfits (including ones named "Going to Grandma's" and "Going to the Park") and accessories (including strollers, bouncy seats, diaper bags, and grooming sets)...presumably so the adults who buy them can play with them? And one of the dolls apparently even "breathes."
Also, what is the fascination with making the dolls so "real-looking"? Do you really want a doll that looks more like a newborn than your own living, breathing baby does?
Someone please explain the allure of these "baby dolls for adults" to me.