Post # 17
They are very real looking! I think I’d have to have some sort of mental imbalance such as depression or something to want one of these dolls to fill any void. No judgment implied to anyone who would like one of these dolls for that reason. Since I don’t have any imbalance, I think the dolls are cool looking for their realism, but I wouldn’t want one.
Post # 18
I actually have three, which I used as part of a play – in which the actors (with their ‘babies’) would have to get in and amongst the audience – so I couldn’t have normal dolls.
As part of preparation I asked the three women to keep the dolls with them for a while. The dolls are so lifelike and weighted just like babies – so you have to support the head etc – that all three actors became INCREDIBLY attached and protective of ‘their child’ over the months that they were with them. All three of the actors were females between the ages of 18 and 25, and none of them had children.
You could actually see them really struggle when it was time to give them back, because they’d become so attached. It was really quite upsetting.
So I totally understand why people might get attached to them. I find them very cute to look at – though I collect porcelain dolls, so I might be a bit desensitised to the idea of ‘creepy’ dolls.
Saying that, I wouldn’t have bought them if I didn’t need them. They were crazy expensive!
Post # 19
Holy crap! Those aren’t real?!?! Uncanny.
At this point in my life I say no way. If I had lost a child who knows it might change my perspective. Grief can cause a person to do a lot of things…including buying a doll that looks real to ease the hurt. I definitely think if these dolls are causing people to break windows and panic they shouldn’t be taken out of the home.
Post # 20
Very interesting! I read something to that effect on Wiki too:
“Studies suggest cuddling a baby causes a release of hormones which produce a sense of emotional well-being, and some psychologists believe that this may happen with realistic dolls as well. Consultant psychiatrist, Professor Raj Persuad explains mothering a real newborn baby releases the hormone oxytocin in the mother, and hypothesizes that this may explain why “reborn mothers” become emotionally attached to the reborn doll.”
Post # 21
- Wedding: August 2013 - The Liberty House
I think this is way creepy
Post # 22
Wow, I have never heard of these! I personally would not buy one but I do sympathize with women who aren’t able to have children who might find comfort from a lifelike doll. To me, though, it would be more depressing than anything to have something that looked so real but was inanimate.
Post # 23
Wow!! Those look so real! I’m very creeped out by dolls…so a definite no to these
Post # 24
Hey, it’s not as strange as another thing I heard about, people who fall in love with buildings and bridges. Like, there are people in love
with the Eiffel Tower or the Golden Gate Bridge. It’s a real thing, but I forget what it’s called. A woman even got engaged to a building, it was pretty funny.
Post # 25
Yes I heard about that too! very strange indeed. I think it’s called “Object Sexuality” or something?
Post # 26
Not to offend anyone! Are these for parent’s who have lost a child? like stillborn?
Again no judgement coming from me I was just curious.
Post # 27
They are not really “for” anyone in particular. Some just collect them like they would any other doll, some buy them to “replace” a real child, whether they just never had children, or their children have all grown or for those who have lost a child, including sillbirths.
Post # 28
Holy crap those things are creepy. I don’t like any dolls, so being so realistic just makes them extra creepy to me.
This may be close minded, but I feel like it would be unhealthly to use a doll to ease a loss or inability to have children. At the end of the day it’s still just a doll. I can totally see why people would do it, grief is awful and many people would do anything to lessen it, but I just don’t think this is a good idea. But that’s just my opinion, not meaning to disrespect anyone. I’m no expert so perhaps this really does help some people.
Post # 29
I see why someone may want one, but I’m in the hell no camp. Dolls are creepy anyway, but these are particularly creepy.
Post # 30
Eeeeek! Those are terrifying!!!
Post # 31
Creepy, but like @Treejewel19:
said, grief makes people do strange things. And hey, it’s cheaper than therapy. It’s weird, but probably one of the less weird things people do.
Then again, it’s not really dealing with the grief, so…I don’t know.