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no one will care... [Oct. 28th, 2011|10:10 am]
Ok, so I kind of got into Waldorf dolls when looking for a soft doll for Little Dude. At this point, I'm way more into it than he is, and I'm ok with that. Half the fun of having a kid is re-living your own childhood and having an excuse to do/see/collect kid things.

In the process of trying to find what I wanted, I got onto a bunch of waldorf enthusiast sites. I'm kind of addicited to internet drama and chat, so this is where I am getting my current fix.

Anyway, I just want to put it out there that it's kind of disingenuous to go on at length about how materialistic our society is if you have 30+ $200 dolls. Just sayin.

[User Picture]From: eudociainboston
2011-10-28 04:01 pm (UTC)
They aren't exactly Waldorf but have you seen the Furnis anatomically correct cloth dolls? They make boy and girl dolls.
We have some Waldorf dolls and no way did we spend $200. Magic Cabin has some nice ones.
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[User Picture]From: richenza
2011-10-28 05:30 pm (UTC)
Yes, I saw those. We actually have enough Waldorfs/soft dolls now - I have cut myself off from any more.

(I generally didn't spend anywhere near $200 for each of ours because I bought from lesser-known makers. I also don't really have a problem paying more for a good toy made by a mom supporting her family rather than in a sweatshop by Chinese orphans.)

Anyway, I guess it just kind of burns me to see a bunch of people who have advertised having 30+ expensive dolls being kind of sanctimonious about "the true meaning of Christmas", and how their holidays are so much more meaningful now that they buy nothing and only give handmade gifts and only to a few people.

I mean, good on them if that's what makes them happy. Just don't act like [you]'ve "escaped" our consumerist culture and that anyone who does buy gifts is a hopeless cog in the system, missing out on [your] super-meaningful traditions. These are the same people who will spend all day "stalking" a particular doll and psyching themselves up for uploads. Just seems hypocritical.
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[User Picture]From: lauradi7
2011-10-28 09:32 pm (UTC)
That reminds me of Bill Mckibben writing a book called the Hundred Dollar Holiday. Ten bucks for his book would suck 10% out of the whole celebration budget.
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[User Picture]From: jjaynes
2011-10-29 06:49 pm (UTC)
I initially misread that last bit as "3 $200 dolls," and my response was going to be that investing in 3 really awesome things is not bad and doesn't disqualify you from opting out of the mainstream disposable consumerism culture. Then I actually read it correctly, and my response is somewhat altered, to "holy crap that's $6000 in dolls WOW!"

As a rich hippie wannabe myself, I think where they'd lose points with me is the lecturing. I really want to handmake gifts for everyone, but WTF could I handmake for Jack, for instance? Anyway, part of being a good hippie is leading by example, not internet lecturing ;). And the phrase "the true meaning of Christmas" is bull from pretty much everyone except maybe the Old Order Amish and anyone else who gives no gifts, does no decorating, just goes to church and is completely swept away by the birth of Jesus.
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