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Ken-Do Attitude: Is it brave, foolhardy, or enlightened to buy a doll for your son?
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Written by Stephanie Finnegan   

The other day I purchased a doll. There’s nothing new about that statement. Certainly, it doesn’t rise to the level of blog-worthiness.kenfashionistas1 Except: the doll was a Ken Fashionista (brunet) and it was for my son.

All right, I already know there are a bunch of readers who are rolling their eyes. Half of you are thinking, “Is she crazy? Why would she encourage her son to play with dolls?” The other segment is wondering, “What’s the big deal? A doll is just a more stylish action figure.” And then, of course, there is the group that reacts with a solid “Whatever . . .” But that group would mean I’d have to rewrite everything as thirds, not halves, and my math is just not that good. (I’m sort of like arithmetic-challenged talking Barbie that way: “Math is hard.”)

 

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Homeland Security: Hug a doll and thank a soldier this weekend.
In the Spotlight
Written by Stephanie Finnegan   

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Oh, Memorial Day Weekend, how you beckon me! I can’t wait to fire up the grill, buy some replacement summer cushions (squirrels discovered my old seat cushions and nested within them—yuck!), and have a warm and relaxing 48-hour retreat. Memorial Day Weekend is when we remember to have fun, to spend time with friends, to get our “party on,” isn’t it?

Well, actually, no. Memorial Day is the complete opposite of hedonistic Coppertone pursuits. Memorial Day is when we’re supposed to take time to honor our fallen military heroes—a time to pay respect to the men and women who have sacrificed their lives so we can get on with our own. It makes the hunt for the perfect tan line seem pretty superficial, doesn’t it? What is most amazing is that a doll company is keeping the true reason for Memorial Day alive and well. A child’s plaything, often dismissed as frivolous and a mere slice of frippery, is reminding us that we have our freedoms to swim and surf and sizzle because of the brave military.

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Hammer Time: Singer Alicia Keys is bidding her dolls farewell. (Cue the violin music.)
In the Spotlight
Written by Stephanie Finnegan   

Alicia Keys is a multi-platinum recording artist, an actress, an author, and, apparently, a doll collector. Or, at least she was. A passel ofalbum-the-diary-of-alicia-keys1 porcelain dolls that belong to the songbird are about to be sold this upcoming Sunday, May 22. The bidding is open to the public, and the event is being spearheaded by American Auctions, Liquidations, and Appraisals. The event is physically being held in Syosset, New York, but more details can be learned at the auctioneers’ Web location

 

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Beautifully British: Figuring out the angles to be a super Anglophile
In the Spotlight
Written by Stephanie Finnegan   

It’s been two weeks since bleary-eyed Americans roused themselves from slumber to watch the wedding of this century: the nuptials ofduchesscatherinedoll1 Wills and Kate. For me, it seemed rather odd to deprive oneself of pillow time to witness “a dream come true.” I didn’t wake up to watch the pageantry, the history, the pomp and the circumstance (the latter two sound like cast members from “Jersey Shore”). No, I DVRed it and watched snippets throughout the day.

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Mommie Dearests: The Mother of all Doll Collections
In the Spotlight
Written by Stephanie Finnegan   

Mother’s Day is fast approaching, and I know what I want. It’s not a charm bracelet with my children’s heads duplicated in gold (I have amom_tattoo1 lovely necklace that approximates that); it’s not a mug; it’s not a frame; it’s not breakfast in bed and a bouquet of balloons. No, it’s not a late-night jaunt down to the local tattoo parlor as I pay the ultimate homage to myself, with my husband immortalizing it all with his flip phone. No, what I want for Mother’s Day is the new Mattel release: Ghoulia Yelps, a gal with an anemic complexion that only a mom could love.

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Trump It Up: Donald Trump is still mum about his doll-buying ways.
In the Spotlight
Written by Stephanie Finnegan   

Unless you’re living under a rock, it shouldn’t be news that uber reality star Donald Trump is toying with the idea of running for president.donaldanddoll Whether the real estate developer will seriously decide to turn his sights and his formidable purse strings toward D.C. is anyone’s guess, but for now he is reveling in the “will he or won’t he” debate.

Trump is one of those guys who is larger than life, and his unique hairstyle, Day-glo hair color, and bronzed skin tone make him ideal for caricaturizing. I think if he decides to run, candidate Trump will spawn a long line of bobble-head dolls, pull-string figures, and all manner of kitschy memorabilia and playthings. Unlike lesser mortals who might be bothered by being lampooned, “the Donald” comes alive when he is being discussed, photographed, and listened to. We all know the maxim “There’s no such thing as bad publicity”; Donald Trump lives that.

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Starved for attention: Weighing in on the life-size Barbie debate.
In the Spotlight
Written by Stephanie Finnegan   

There’s definitely a mixed message being sent these days about body image and self-esteem. On the heels of all news reports for the pastlifesizebarbiegalia six months that have decried how Americans are getting bigger, fatter, and more sedentary, we are now bombarded with warnings that young people—girls, in particular—are at risk for peer-pressure anorexia. Just who or what is the main culprit for making young women want to silently starve, or covertly binge and purge, or exercise to the point of exhaustion and hospitalization? Is it the relentless drumbeat from the media and the White House that is monitoring our calories and our serving portions? No. Is it the parade of physically fit news anchors who remind us that we watch too much TV and snack too hard? Nope. Well, who, then, is to blame for the rash of girls who seemingly want to fade away into nothingness? Ahem, it’s Barbie, of course.

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Mother Lode: Is a breast-feeding doll too close for comfort?
In the Spotlight
Written by Stephanie Finnegan   

When I think of “Bill O’Reilly,” I immediately think “baby dolls.” Now, I’m not making a mockery of the he-man who is the master of thebebegloton1 Fox universe. This is no dismissive or derisive judgment on my part about his macho mannerisms. I am honestly just admitting that when I need to opine for my weekly blog, I can always rely on a good doll story or two to pop up during “The Factor.”

It’s quite interesting that Mr. O, who is no fan of the nanny state or government intrusion, never feels the need to apologize or explain his incessant nattering about social issues. He’s a one-man army poised to wage war against the cultural culprits who are robbing us of our innocence and our integrity. (Mr. O’Reilly, if you ever read this blog, I want to commend you on your “word of the day” feature. As you can see, I’ve taken it to heart!)

 

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