“Average Is Beautiful”: The Anti-Barbie Doll Goes on Sale This Week in the U.S.

Lammily doll

Just in time for Christmas:  The "Lammily" doll, a doll that is short, brunette, has an average body shape and can, if you prefer, come complete with acne or cellulite.Parents and other concerned adults have long criticized the long, lanky Barbie for her unrealistic proportions.  Now a 26-year-old graphic designer, Nickolay Lamm, has developed a doll that won't set young girls on the path to anorexia by teaching them that "ultra-thin" is the only acceptable body type.Lamm created his pr … [Read more...]

Barbie and Ken Meet Mary, Jesus and the Difunta Correa

Barbie as Mary

Oh, Barbie, how you've changed!"Barbie, the Plastic Religion" is the title for an exhibition opening October 11 in Buenos Aires, which features the 1950s power couple dressed as figures in various world religions.Marianela Perelli and Pool Paolini, two artists from Argentina, have created 33 dolls which represent figures from Catholicism, Judaism, Buddhism and Islam.Here is Barbie as a blonde Virgin Mary:And here, a crucified Christ on the Cross looks remarkably like Barbie's … [Read more...]

Creative Easter Baskets for Catholic Kiddies

Easter Basket

Easter's coming!  And as much as children love the jelly beans and the chocolate bunny and the marshmallow eggs, there are lots of moms and dads who want to inject some faith into the Easter basket.When our children were small, we were sometimes successful in finding white chocolate crosses or tiny rosaries in plastic egg cases to press into the plastic grass in their baskets.I have some other ideas, though, for dedicated Catholic parents who want to be sure that Easter Day is both (a) … [Read more...]