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?