Human Dolls Walk Among Us

I was with a friend and he showed me this article/picture series:

about people who have altered themselves in order to look like dolls. The most drastic images from the slide show are

#1 Venus Isabelle Palermo AKA VenusAngelic

#3 Anastasiya Shpagina: Ukraine

#4 Justin Jedica: U.S.A

#5 Anzhelika Kenova: Russia

#6 Vanilla Chamu: Japan

#10 Valeria Lukyanova: Ukraine

Can we say infantilization of women? These images were very disturbing for me because these people altered themselves in a way to replicate something that is supposed to be superficial! Human barbies dolls walking around sounds like a plot to a bad horror movie. Number 5 had her waist size altered to be 20 inches and number 10 also had her waist altered down to 19 inches. All of these people (except possibly number 3; the slideshow said that she is a make-up artist) paid for thousands of dollars worth of plastic surgery to alter themselves. The most obvious change is increasing the size of the eyes. The big wide-eyed look is one of innocence and youth; THIS IS HOW THEY ACHIEVE THE INFANTILIZATION OF WOMEN!

The drastic slimming of the waist highlights the impossible standards of beauty set by the modeling industry. All of the images of the models are photo-shopped before the images are put in a magazine or on a billboard. The ideal is a woman with an extremely small waist and a look of “innocence”. All of these people are using money and plastic surgery to ¬†commodify themselves. These people are all victims of the male gaze that society has used to define beauty. So how do we combat this? Should we ban all kinds of barbie dolls with unattainable figures that perpetuate an impossible standard of beauty? Should we stop having articles that feature people who do things to alter their bodies to get attention? Or should we legally set a limit on the amount of plastic surgery one person can undergo? This phenomenon of people wanting to embody dolls and,in turn, gaining a huge following because of it needs to end. This is not what our children need to look up to because at its most basic interpretation, it is self-hating. These people are becoming famous for self-hate, the commodification of one’s body, and perpetuating dangerous beauty standards. This needs to stop.


4 thoughts on “Human Dolls Walk Among Us

  1. Dear God.

    P.S this also shows the effects of popular culture in a direct way. They have decided to make their mirror image fit exactly to what they see in pop culture.

  2. “These people are all victims of the male gaze”

    Isn’t this a problematic statement, insofar that these people are all being reduced to having a lack of agency, as being victimized by society? By making such a statement, it denies all of these people a voice, a chance to speak for themselves, the very idea of agency, let alone the practice.
    We don’t know these people. It isn’t ok to say that they are “victims” or are demonstrating “self-hatred” – we simply don’t know. We cannot, and we should not, speak for them. By critiquing their appearance, we are only reifying the notions of acceptable appearances. They might be perfectly happy in their life choices – although it’s perfectly possible to criticize unrealistic standards of beauty, it’s another thing to put that criticism onto the person themselves.

    • I just want to second this comment x1000. Differentiating between critiquing violent/oppressive ideologies and the people who live under/with them is, in my opinion, perhaps the most important and greatest contribution of feminist, anti-oppression theory and activism. To critique the person rather than the act/ideology is to return to the toxic culture of blame and inadequacy that births the oppressions we would defeat in the first place.

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