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Dear American Girl

Shanell Mouland | Posted 10.19.2015 | Parents
Shanell Mouland

This isn't an ask, or a complaint or even a suggestion for the name of the next "Girl of the Year" (although Malala seems nice). It's simply a note to tell you of a lovely lady in New Jersey who has made it her business, and her pleasure, to forward two of your beautiful dolls to my daughters every year.

Now The 'Normal Barbie' Dolls Can Teach Girls About Periods

The Huffington Post | Nina Bahadur | Posted 09.23.2015 | Women

In 2014, artist and researcher Nickolay Lamm designed the Lammily dolls, also known as "normal Barbies," using the CDC body measurements of the a...

Company Designs Dolls With Hearing Aids, Birthmarks So All Kids Can Have A #ToyLikeMe

The Huffington Post | Kimberly Yam | Posted 05.19.2015 | Good News

A toy company is taking a step in the right direction. After parents of children with disabilities called for more diversity in kids' toys through...

LISTEN: Thomas Edison's Talking Dolls Will Haunt Your Dreams

The Huffington Post | David Lohr | Posted 05.12.2015 | Weird News

Long before the masters of horror were using dolls in movies to scare the bejesus out of us, Thomas Edison unwittingly created one of the first -- and...

Dolls and Princesses and Pretend Weddings, Ages and Stages and Phases -- Oh My!

Christopher Phillips | Posted 05.08.2015 | Parents
Christopher Phillips

Every time I both celebrate and mourn my 8-year-old's passing from one stage and entry into another, I thank my lucky stars that I have another daughter, Cybele, almost seven years her junior.

Try Giving Your Loved One With Alzheimer's a Stuffed Animal

Marie Marley | Posted 05.12.2015 | Fifty
Marie Marley

I had finally found a way to relate to him -- one that was truly satisfying for both of us. I was delighted to see his happiness. When I realized I could bring pleasure to my "new Ed" it was more than enough to make up for the loss of my "old Ed" and our previous relationship.

Women in Business Q&A: Stacey McBride-Irby, The One World Doll Project

Laura Dunn | Posted 04.19.2015 | Business
Laura Dunn

In her 15 years at Mattel®, Stacey designed for the Disney Princess® Collection and created countless fashions for the iconic Barbie® line. Most no...

Move Over, Barbie: In Nigeria, Kids Embrace Dolls That Represent Them

HuffPost Brazil | Gabriela Bazzo | Posted 02.09.2015 | Black Voices

Barbies or Queens of Africa? In Nigeria, toy giant Mattel has been outsold by a brilliant idea. It all began in 2007, when entrepreneur Taofick Oko...

Let Your Imagination Run Away With Playtime

Laurie Schacht | Posted 01.24.2015 | Parents
Laurie Schacht

This holiday season, the tech-driven toy industry is balanced out with a variety of toys that encourage kids to create wonderful stories, pretend to be someone new, or practice what they'd like to be what they grow up. Here are some great new items on the shelves to get your kids' imaginations started.

Everything Wrong With Princesses In One Easy Image!

David Trumble | Posted 01.07.2015 | Women
David Trumble


Why Is Your Child Watching Breaking Bad Anyway?

Maria Colaco | Posted 12.23.2014 | Parents
Maria Colaco

Toys are not just for kids, toys are for everyone and I think it's the parents' responsibility to censor this stuff in their homes. We parents make these decisions -- like not watching a meth show with your kids -- and so a Breaking Bad character doll holding a bag of meth is the least of our problems.

This Holiday Season, the Hottest Toys Are ICE Cold

Laurie Schacht | Posted 11.16.2014 | Parents
Laurie Schacht

It's only September, and yet, the holiday season feels like it is rushing in at warp speed. My friends with kids are already asking me: "What's the ho...

California Mystery Dolls Were Meant To Spread Cheer, Not Fear

AP | Posted 07.25.2014 | Weird News

SAN CLEMENTE, Calif. (AP) — They sent a creepy feeling through several Southern California families, but authorities say the person who left porcela...

Breasts: What's Barbie Got to Do With Them?

Fiona Finn | Posted 09.05.2014 | Style
Fiona Finn

In an effort to better understand the reality of how distant Barbie is from the average woman, I created a parody featuring what her breasts might look like at her current age of 55-years-old. It's a sad, sad truth but as women age, their breasts go south.

How Do You Measure a Grandma's Legacy?

Diana Grycan | Posted 07.28.2014 | Fifty
Diana Grycan

I approached my grandmother with my desperate desire to have this doll. My grandmother always had what she called her "kinipple" stashed away in her purse that she hid behind the living room drapes

Paving the Way for Girls to Reconsider Beauty

Steve Mariotti | Posted 07.02.2014 | Impact
Steve Mariotti

And while toy production is a multi-billion-dollar business, there are still questions all around about how much this industry is meeting demand. That's where Dr. Lisa and her company Positively Perfect, comes in.

Dream Dolls: Barbie Rétro Chic, an Upcoming Exhibit in Paris

Sidonie Sawyer | Posted 04.09.2014 | Weird News
Sidonie Sawyer

The upcoming show will present a retrospective of the fabulous creations of the most-famous-dolls-of-all, Barbie. From the iconic dresses of the 1960s to the haute couture gowns, the fashionistas' outfits always echoed the sense of style of women over the World, in small sizes. Little girls knew what they were doing!

All the Best Christmas Gifts I Ever Got in the 80s

Leslie Goshko | Posted 02.17.2014 | Comedy
Leslie Goshko

I maintain that the 1980s produced some of the most kick-ass, memorable and, at times, weird and creepy toys.

That You Krampus? 19 Spine-Tingling Dolls of Golgothia

Karen Dalton-Beninato | Posted 02.06.2014 | Arts
Karen Dalton-Beninato

As an early entry in the Visions of Sugarplums but Darker category, the Eerie Dolls of Golgothia show debuts tonight at Green Eyed Gator Gallery in New Orleans' French Quarter.

EY Honors Top Women Entrepreneurs at Winning Women Luncheon at the Strategic Growth Forum

Steve Mariotti | Posted 01.25.2014 | Business
Steve Mariotti

"When I saw that little girl on television, she was a beautiful girl. They asked her why she didn't like the African-American doll and she said it was ugly -- "her skin is ugly just like my skin." I cried. You cannot have little girls growing up and believing that they are unattractive."

You Spent Money On What??

Dr. Robert M. Myers | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Dr. Robert M. Myers

Instead of spending our money on things of this world with no eternal significance, instead of getting caught up in the advertising of the day with holidays approaching, may I suggest something different?

FIRE IN THE HOLE: This Doll Is Definitely Not Safe For Kids

The Huffington Post | Sarah Barness | Posted 10.14.2013 | Weird News

Is your crotch burning? If so, call 911 immediately. When you get back from the hospital check out the Fanny Flambeaux doll, an extremely dang...

Cougar Barbie? Divorced Barbie? Out And Proud Barbie?

Roz Warren | Posted 01.23.2014 | Fifty
Roz Warren

If you're a girl and you're a boomer, one thing is certain -- you grew up playing with Barbies. Whether you lived in a mansion or in a trailer, you spent hours as a little girl playing with America's favorite foot tall plastic fashion plate.

We Can't Sleep At Night After Seeing This Creepy Trend

Posted 09.12.2013 | Style

As Fashion Week comes to an end, we love to take the time to reflect back on all the high points. But with high points there comes low points, and hig...

Barbie Fights For Her Life

AP | MAE ANDERSON | Posted 07.19.2013 | Business

NEW YORK -- As far as catfights go, this is a doozy. Barbie, long the reigning queen in the doll world, has suddenly been thrust into the battle of h...