When Toys Aren’t Toys

by William Skink

The toys that our children play with have an impact on their development and because of that impact toys are no stranger to controversy. Barbies, for example, have long been criticized for creating unrealistic body-image aspirations in the minds of young girls.

Impossibly thin waistlines seems like a quaint criticism to have in light of incredibly disturbing questions being raised about products like LOL dolls and other toys being played with by youngsters with developing brains. To see what I am talking about, this post at Vigilant Citizen has images of the most troubling examples.

The example that bothered me the most was a Poppy doll from the new Troll movie. This doll has a tummy trigger that makes 10 different phrases when pushed, but when a mom heard a sound she didn’t recognize, she took a closer look and found a button between the Poppy’s legs. When this button is pushed, sounds like gasps and giggles are emitted.

I can’t think of a benign explanation for this that makes any sense.

Is this a case of hysterical suburban moms freaking out because Qanon has them seeing satanic pedophiles everywhere, or is there maybe something to this notion that those in power are trying to normalize their proclivities?

About Travis Mateer

I'm an artist and citizen journalist living and writing in Montana. You can contact me here: willskink at yahoo dot com
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1 Response to When Toys Aren’t Toys

  1. Tim A says:

    I’d be way more worried about the screen time of young children. From what I’ve read most experts don’t recommend giving a kid a phone or a tablet until 11-12. Has that stopped anyone?
    When I used to go out to restaurants I’d see parents talking while kids sit with Ipads and headphones. Hard core pornography is easily available through most websites with little to no protocols to assure viewers are adults. Science knows for sure now the addictive nature of phones and that you actually get small dopamine hits just scrolling or playing games. These also correlate to anxiety, depression, anger issues, suicidal thoughts. When I visit friends with children they just shove the Ipad in their face and tell them to go in their room.
    But it’s cool. Let’s just make them all have to use them for distance learning. LOL I’m sure this will have no long term effects on society.

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