how i learned to look like a doll from venus angelic
There is an interesting trend going around at the moment. And by interesting, I mean absolutely horrifying. The trend in question is girls and women trying to look like living dolls. If you haven’t heard about it or seen it yet, I’d suggest you have a look at Venus Angelic on YouTube. Her piece on ‘how to look like a doll’ has over three million hits alone, and the comments on youtube are overwhelmingly positive- which is a small yet worrying feat in itself.
Now don’t get me wrong, I support individuality and believe that people should be able to express themselves however they want. But while I was watching the video I became more and more disturbed. Here was a fifteen year old deliberately trying to look much younger, but at the same time playing it up in an almost sexy way. The hugging of a teddy bear, the baby voice and the way she writes things like ‘hello my dolly molly inky pinky cotton candy clouds’ at the beginning of each video while simultaneously winking and pouting at the camera, is blatantly appealing to the paedophilic element of society.
The main features Venus plays up are unnaturally smooth, blemish free skin using three coats of concealor on her entire face, and large eyes, which are achieved with the help of circle contact lenses (illegal in the US due to safety reasons)- features that are commonly associated with young children.
Even if Venus is doing this simply because she loves being cutesy, and even if people are watching and copying the videos for the same reason, it’s a pretty bad message to be putting out there; that childlike features and behaviour in teenagers and adults are something to be coveted and even to be seen as attractive. As one reader pointed out in an article discussing this issue, what else is a doll but an empty headed plaything?
However, this trend has also brought up another related concern I have had lately. This behaviour and look isn’t only for the small percentage of society who want to look like living dolls. This empty headed childish dumbing down is becoming more prevalent amongst women in general.
Actresses are ‘cutseying’ themselves up; having their photos taken with their eyes stretched unnaturally wide, a confused expression on their face, and their feet splayed pigeon-toed in a two year old way while they wear frilly dresses and hold lollipops or play on swing sets. Now I’m all for frilly dresses and bows, it’s the dumbing down that I just cannot handle.
A popular magazine that I’m sure you all read can’t go one sentence without typing something like ‘oh my wonderful gumdrops, how delightful are these adorable-schmorable shoes for our teensy-weensy footsie wootsies!’. It’s not that it’s an unintelligent magazine- they have some really powerful articles. So why can’t they write them like the grown intelligent women that they are?
Those for the trend argue that it’s better than girls going out in short skirts- that it’s bringing class and femininity back. I would argue that femininity does not involve sexualising childish ways. Because that’s exactly what it is doing. It’s using big eyes, ‘innocence’, and dumbing down as a way to appeal to boys, or should I say, men, which to me is creepy to the max.
I’m worried because women aren’t just wearing frilly dresses and once more coveting bows and dainty ballet flats in a bid to appeal to their inner child. They are also beginning to sound like their inner child too. And to be completely honest, not to offend anyone’s spawn or anything, but children are pretty goddamn stupid. There’s nothing wrong with childish wonder, but when a university graduate says things like ‘footsies’ and that their favourite activity is ‘making daisy chains’ something is going very wrong in society.
In conclusion, feel free to wear dresses and bows, but there’s nothing wrong with telling the world that you’re fucking awesome AND intelligent at the same time, rather than acting and posing like you’re six years old in a bid to seem ‘cute’.
(Image credit: 1.)