Legos, ponies, American Girl—how do toys shape who we are? On this show, we talk with filmmaker Samantha Knowles about why black dolls matter, grill a seven-year-old about hot-wired dollhouse Roominate, and have a very graphic conversation about the best-ever sex toys with comics artist Erika Moen (whose self-portrait graces the podcast player below).
Gwen and her mother Janine fell on hard times when her father lost his job; they later lost the house as they were unable to keep up payments. Soon after, Gwen's father left them and they became homeless...
Job loss? Homeownership kaput? Sounds like what a sizeable chunk of America experienced this past year! Looks like American Girl is very up to date with contemporary issues that girls (and their parents) can relate to, or at least recognize (see also: Chrissa vs. the cyber-bullies!). Color me cynical, but I can't help but feel this is just a marketing strategy by the Mattel-owned company.
So, I'm scrolling through my Google Reader today and noticed several posts about Japanese inventions. One creeped me out a bit. One made me giggle. One made me groan. And one left me feeling a little confused.