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09 Nov 2012 12:28 PM   |   3430 clicks   |   New York Daily News
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super_grass     
America as a whole is afraid of breasts.

Unless it's filled with silicone and covered with a swatch of fabric.

09 Nov 2012 12:30 PM
Evil Mackerel     
Que the baby having a baby doll.

09 Nov 2012 12:31 PM
abhorrent1     
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09 Nov 2012 12:34 PM
lemortede     
As a parent of a little girl, I would find this toy a little disturbing were she to play with it.
I realize that some day she will have sex, have kids and do that anyway, but its not a reality I have to work with for another decade or so.
Until then, she is my little girl.
I realize that breastfeeding its self is not sexual, but well...as a man, any time i hear breasts I have to look..I cant help it so the association is made in my head.
My problem to an extent I admit.

09 Nov 2012 12:34 PM
ChipNASA     
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09 Nov 2012 12:35 PM
ChipNASA     

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09 Nov 2012 12:37 PM
DisregardTheFollowing     
Turns out it only makes sucking sounds. What a rip off. I'm glad I RTA before I ordered one.

09 Nov 2012 12:37 PM
protectyourlimbs     
Try Florida, heard they have a whole community that would love those things...

09 Nov 2012 12:40 PM
protectyourlimbs     

DisregardTheFollowing: Turns out it only makes sucking sounds. What a rip off. I'm glad I RTA before I ordered one.


Oh, I didn't RTA, nevermind then...

09 Nov 2012 12:41 PM
Evil Mackerel     

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That is just wrong.

09 Nov 2012 12:41 PM
abfalter     
My first thought was "creepy". Then I realized I was wrong.

Little girls play with dolls. It is part of their developing their gender identities as they are modeling mothering behavior. Breastfeeding is a perfectly natural act and potentially a big part of motherhood.

It is only when viewed their the dirty minds of adult that this would be anything other than a cute and adorable emulation of being a mom.

09 Nov 2012 12:45 PM
ChipNASA     

abfalter: My first thought was "creepy". Then I realized I was wrong.

Little girls play with dolls. It is part of their developing their gender identities as they are modeling mothering behavior. Breastfeeding is a perfectly natural act and potentially a big part of motherhood.

It is only when viewed their the dirty minds of adult that this would be anything other than a cute and adorable emulation of being a mom.


Hey you take your reasonable and thoughtful comment and GET THE HELL OUTTA HERE!!! THIS IS FARK!

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09 Nov 2012 12:50 PM
farm machine     

abfalter: My first thought was "creepy". Then I realized I was wrong.

Little girls play with dolls. It is part of their developing their gender identities as they are modeling mothering behavior. Breastfeeding is a perfectly natural act and potentially a big part of motherhood.

It is only when viewed their the dirty minds of adult that this would be anything other than a cute and adorable emulation of being a mom.


Masturbation is also part of developing ones gender identity. You okay with a doll that performs that act as well? Let's not forget the menstruating Mindy doll. Batteries included. Tampons sold separately.

09 Nov 2012 12:50 PM
Skraeling     
On one hand im like Meh dont care... on the other why he hell would little girls even need to have one of these?

09 Nov 2012 12:52 PM
shanteyman     
I have to say that I think the paper is really milking this story; what kind of boob came up with this idea ?

09 Nov 2012 12:54 PM
Parallax    [TotalFark]  
I think I'm firmly entrenched in the "hell in a handbasket" bandwagon here.

09 Nov 2012 12:57 PM
Andulamb     
Forget about the morality. I take issue with the toy's design. Why should girls have to strap on fake nipples? How many girls are really going to bother with that? Why isn't there simply a button on the back of the doll that activates the sucking sounds? (Not that sucking sounds should even be necessary.) Or make the doll's lips so that pressing them against something activates the sucking sounds?

I suspect the toy company wanted to stir up controversy. A design that doesn't require fake nipples would have been more practical, but then they wouldn't have gotten all this free press.

09 Nov 2012 12:59 PM
Arkanaut    [TotalFark]  

DisregardTheFollowing: Turns out it only makes sucking sounds. What a rip off. I'm glad I RTA before I ordered one.


This would still probably sell at a sex toy store.

09 Nov 2012 01:02 PM
JesseL     

farm machine: abfalter: My first thought was "creepy". Then I realized I was wrong.

Little girls play with dolls. It is part of their developing their gender identities as they are modeling mothering behavior. Breastfeeding is a perfectly natural act and potentially a big part of motherhood.

It is only when viewed their the dirty minds of adult that this would be anything other than a cute and adorable emulation of being a mom.

Masturbation is also part of developing ones gender identity. You okay with a doll that performs that act as well? Let's not forget the menstruating Mindy doll. Batteries included. Tampons sold separately.


Not sure if stupid or trolling.

Children play with dolls to emulate ordinary parent-child interactions. Do parents dress their children? Change their children's dipers? Breastfeed their children? Yes.

Do parents masturbate with their children? Maybe yours did.

09 Nov 2012 01:04 PM
SpaceBison     
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That kid has got some weird looking nipples.

09 Nov 2012 01:10 PM
abfalter     

farm machine: abfalter: My first thought was "creepy". Then I realized I was wrong.

Little girls play with dolls. It is part of their developing their gender identities as they are modeling mothering behavior. Breastfeeding is a perfectly natural act and potentially a big part of motherhood.

It is only when viewed their the dirty minds of adult that this would be anything other than a cute and adorable emulation of being a mom.

Masturbation is also part of developing ones gender identity. You okay with a doll that performs that act as well? Let's not forget the menstruating Mindy doll. Batteries included. Tampons sold separately.


Masturbation is sexual and should be encouraged to be done in private. Breast feeding is not sexual. Your analogy-fu is weak.

09 Nov 2012 01:15 PM
Anonymocoso     

Skraeling: On one hand im like Meh dont care... on the other why he hell would little girls even need to have one of these?


Other posts on here mention why; little girls want to imitate adults.

There was an article here in the Salt Lake Tribune about this. It will be a big hit here in the place where little girls want to do what their moms, aunts and in some cases; older sisters or grandmothers do. Good old Utah; where you can be older than your aunt or uncle.

Coming soon: An Action Figure that commits Affinity Fraud for little boys in Utah.

09 Nov 2012 01:26 PM
StrangeQ     

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That kid has got some weird looking nipples.


Seriously.

I mean, you have your garden variety salami-sized ones that are a turn-on for some, I suppose. And then you have these more literal garden, variety ones with a leafy growth around what appears to be the remains of a surgically removed starfish. To each his own, but damn, you'd think they would have tests for shiat like that.

09 Nov 2012 01:27 PM
Grave_Girl    [TotalFark]  
It is no different than baby dolls that come with bottles, or the Baby Alive doll that you feed "food" to. If you think there's something creepy or sexual about it, the problem lies with you. The important word in breast-feeding isn't breast; it's FEEDING. That is all it is analogous to. Not masturbating. Not menstruating. Not going to the toilet. FEEDING.

That said, I think this doll is idiotic. My daughters have all breastfed their dolls (except the lilttlest one; she is still in the "make Mommy nurse all the toys" stage), and not one of them has needed a stupid halter top to do it. It's called make believe, and copying what you see.

09 Nov 2012 01:38 PM
Valiente     
Can't wait for Baby Menarche.

09 Nov 2012 01:47 PM
DisregardTheFollowing     

Arkanaut: DisregardTheFollowing: Turns out it only makes sucking sounds. What a rip off. I'm glad I RTA before I ordered one.

This would still probably sell at a sex toy store.


Yeah but if I bought it there then I'd feel a lot weirder about using a baby doll to help me masturbate.

09 Nov 2012 02:21 PM
docilej     
How about a masterbating GI Joe with kung-fu grip?

09 Nov 2012 02:25 PM
abfalter     

docilej: How about a masterbating GI Joe with kung-fu grip?


The more you know...

09 Nov 2012 02:31 PM
No Such Agency     
Grave_Girl:
make believe

Hmm, I too remember when kids used to have that...

09 Nov 2012 02:36 PM
mocksie     
My 3-year old daughter often "feeds" her baby dolls bottles, because that's how she sees her babysitter feed the baby that's also in her care. I fully expect that when her baby brother comes along 3 months from now, that she'll emulate breastfeeding, because that's how I'll be feeding him. I'm certainly not going to discourage that behavior, but she doesn't need a special doll or fake nipples.

09 Nov 2012 03:51 PM
ijit     
But it's perfectly OK to give our daughters a slutty looking Bratz doll or a Monster High School doll? What kind of message is
that...it's OK to be slutty or a zombie, or even a slutty zombie...but FOR GOD'S SAKE NEVER BREAST FEED YOUR BABY!! IT'S JUST NOT RIGHT!! It's much better to shove a bottle in your kid's mouth so that they get fed the equivalent of a Thanksgiving dinner at every feeding..oh yeah, and the bottle will also help to rot your kid's teeth out and cause more earaches because your too much of a slutty zombie to pay attention to the kid...THAT'S THE 'MERICAN WAY!! And we wonder why our kids are fat and and in poor health!!

09 Nov 2012 04:07 PM
bring to a festering boil    [TotalFark]  

ijit: But it's perfectly OK to give our daughters a slutty looking Bratz doll or a Monster High School doll? What kind of message is
that...it's OK to be slutty or a zombie, or even a slutty zombie...but FOR GOD'S SAKE NEVER BREAST FEED YOUR BABY!! IT'S JUST NOT RIGHT!! It's much better to shove a bottle in your kid's mouth so that they get fed the equivalent of a Thanksgiving dinner at every feeding..oh yeah, and the bottle will also help to rot your kid's teeth out and cause more earaches because your too much of a slutty zombie to pay attention to the kid...THAT'S THE 'MERICAN WAY!! And we wonder why our kids are fat and and in poor health!!


...and poor at English.

09 Nov 2012 04:13 PM
There's Always A Bloody Ghost     

ijit: But it's perfectly OK to give our daughters a slutty looking Bratz doll or a Monster High School doll? What kind of message is
that...it's OK to be slutty or a zombie, or even a slutty zombie...but FOR GOD'S SAKE NEVER BREAST FEED YOUR BABY!! IT'S JUST NOT RIGHT!! It's much better to shove a bottle in your kid's mouth so that they get fed the equivalent of a Thanksgiving dinner at every feeding..oh yeah, and the bottle will also help to rot your kid's teeth out and cause more earaches because your too much of a slutty zombie to pay attention to the kid...THAT'S THE 'MERICAN WAY!! And we wonder why our kids are fat and and in poor health!!


I hope you're kidding, or you really are an ijit. Not every mom can nurse their babies, for one reason or another, and since babies have to be fed, the bottle is a better alternative than letting them die. Or do you suggest hiring a wet nurse? And if your kids are fat and in poor health, it's because their parents let them sit in front of a tv or computer instead of letting them outside to play. I know, outside, it's soooo scary!

09 Nov 2012 04:40 PM
RenownedCurator     
I don't think there's anything creepy about it, it just seems unnecessary. Both of my older kids (one boy, one girl) got a new sibling when they were three and each one pretended to nurse their dolls. Said nursing consisted of toddler pulling up his or her shirt, holding the doll close to the chest, and saying "I'm nursing my baby!" No apparatus necessary. (My daughter is almost four and still pretends to nurse her dolls. My son is now seven and is horrified to think he ever did that, but no, I don't foresee any massive issues).

09 Nov 2012 05:32 PM
ijit     

bring to a festering boil: ijit: But it's perfectly OK to give our daughters a slutty looking Bratz doll or a Monster High School doll? What kind of message is
that...it's OK to be slutty or a zombie, or even a slutty zombie...but FOR GOD'S SAKE NEVER BREAST FEED YOUR BABY!! IT'S JUST NOT RIGHT!! It's much better to shove a bottle in your kid's mouth so that they get fed the equivalent of a Thanksgiving dinner at every feeding..oh yeah, and the bottle will also help to rot your kid's teeth out and cause more earaches because your too much of a slutty zombie to pay attention to the kid...THAT'S THE 'MERICAN WAY!! And we wonder why our kids are fat and and in poor health!!

...and poor at English.


You are correct, my point is invalid because '.

09 Nov 2012 06:10 PM
ijit     

There's Always A Bloody Ghost: ijit: But it's perfectly OK to give our daughters a slutty looking Bratz doll or a Monster High School doll? What kind of message is
that...it's OK to be slutty or a zombie, or even a slutty zombie...but FOR GOD'S SAKE NEVER BREAST FEED YOUR BABY!! IT'S JUST NOT RIGHT!! It's much better to shove a bottle in your kid's mouth so that they get fed the equivalent of a Thanksgiving dinner at every feeding..oh yeah, and the bottle will also help to rot your kid's teeth out and cause more earaches because your too much of a slutty zombie to pay attention to the kid...THAT'S THE 'MERICAN WAY!! And we wonder why our kids are fat and and in poor health!!

I hope you're kidding, or you really are an ijit. Not every mom can nurse their babies, for one reason or another, and since babies have to be fed, the bottle is a better alternative than letting them die. Or do you suggest hiring a wet nurse? And if your kids are fat and in poor health, it's because their parents let them sit in front of a tv or computer instead of letting them outside to play. I know, outside, it's soooo scary!


You're right TABG...thank God there is an alternative! There are many Moms that legitimately cannot breastfeed and they feel bad that they can't, but the bottle should be the alternative not the norm. The pharmaceutical companies push their formula an the hospitals/doctors are slow to encourage new mom's to really try. We are the only country that has an treats breastfeeding as taboo or even as a fetish. Formula companies always compare their product to breast milk, the medical community should push breastfeeding...cater to the mom and baby instead of to the pharmaceutical companies!

09 Nov 2012 06:22 PM
Skyfrog     
So we're still stuck in the old "dolls are for girls and guns are for boys" thing. Yay progress.

09 Nov 2012 06:34 PM
puppetmaster745     
Does the baby have razor-sharp pissed-because-I'm-hungry biting action?

09 Nov 2012 08:14 PM
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