Uncanny Valley of the Dolls

Episode 34Released Feb 23 2018

For some, parenting is the most rewarding thing one could ever hope to experience. Of course, it’s a lot of hard work to raise a baby. They can’t talk, they need fed, they sleep, they throw tantrums, make messes, compel existential dread… Really, it’s actually quite the hassle. Why can’t you just dress them up and get all kinds of attention without all the hardship?

Well, now you can! Sort of. Some internet denizens have discovered a work around in the reborn doll, realistic skin dolls designed to replicate an actual baby. What? You say those are supposed to be for grieving parents or relieving empty nest syndrome? Shut up! You don’t understand what being a parent of a realistic Na’vi infant is all about.

This week, Extra Credit alienates its Australian fanbase.

With goop, Turkeyvolume, Ashto, Amelia Blank, and Shell Game

Edited by Shell Game
Content provided by Curlicue
Cover art by Dr. Activisionary

Subject featured

  • http://www.reborndollmart.com/
  • http://www.wikihow.com/
  • http://wild4rebornsfanclub.forumotion.com/
  • https://www.reborndolls.com.au/

Music used

  • Oh, You Beautiful Doll by Rosemary Clooney
  • Babydoll by Hole
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6 comments on “Uncanny Valley of the Dolls”

  • hurgadurg says:

    you guys do realise australia uses dollars right…?

  • hurgadurg says:

    you guys do realise australia uses dollars right…?

    • Shell Game says:

      Some of us knew that and maybe some of us didn’t, but since everyone was already displaying full Aussie ignorance it was more fitting to not correct it.

  • Sprite says:

    While I know there is a community for these things in Australia, I dont think they’re any more popular there than in the US or the UK. But I dont know much about them except for one thing. I’m part of the ‘doll hobby’ myself, and am a member of a local doll community that meets up once every 2-3 months to chat, take photos, buy, sell, swap etc. We mostly collect asian ball-jointed dolls, commercial fashion dolls like Monster High and Blythe, that kind of thing (I mostly do MH and Disney repaints myself). The only thing I know about Reborns is that they are banned from our group, explicitly. Besides sex dolls, they’re the only type that are. One of the mods said it was because the sight of them was ‘upsetting’ to some of the older members who had suffered miscarriages (due to their unintentional resemblance to DEAD babies), but we all kind of know it’s because they just freak her the fuck out, and I’m inclined to agree. Hearing the kinds of people that obsess over them, well, I dont think our group is missing out on much…

  • Sprite says:

    While I know there is a community for these things in Australia, I dont think they’re any more popular there than in the US or the UK. But I dont know much about them except for one thing. I’m part of the ‘doll hobby’ myself, and am a member of a local doll community that meets up once every 2-3 months to chat, take photos, buy, sell, swap etc. We mostly collect asian ball-jointed dolls, commercial fashion dolls like Monster High and Blythe, that kind of thing (I mostly do MH and Disney repaints myself). The only thing I know about Reborns is that they are banned from our group, explicitly. Besides sex dolls, they’re the only type that are. One of the mods said it was because the sight of them was ‘upsetting’ to some of the older members who had suffered miscarriages (due to their unintentional resemblance to DEAD babies), but we all kind of know it’s because they just freak her the fuck out, and I’m inclined to agree. Hearing the kinds of people that obsess over them, well, I dont think our group is missing out on much…

    • Shell Game says:

      This is a good comment and a good story! Thanks for sharing. I actually think collecting, for all the weirdness that’s possible and for all the jokes made at its expense, is pretty cool, so it’s neat hearing about this and also how our uh… Discoveries related to your real life hobby.

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