The Doll Games – Shelley & Pamela Jackson

In Shelley and Pamela Jackson’s The Doll Games, there were mix reactions towards this site. I loved it for its breakthrough, unique storyline, with its very creative use of dolls and accessories they created for the sets. I also like how the Jackson sisters remove the mask of how “little girls” are shrouded with this innocent glow of purity and virtue.

There are a lot of disturbing images of these dolls and the stories that go along with them. When you think of doll games, this is definitely not what pops into mind, but the shock value adds to the anticipation of what’s to come next.

This site begins with an introduction and brief history of all 20 dolls. They also documented each individual item they used in the stories from purses to a dagger, and they also describe how what materials went into the items creation.

This is a very twisted version of a mature, feministic interpretation of younger girl’s imagination. The use of the word Barbie is negated with asterisks (e.g. B*****).  I believe these women are trying to show how unrealistic these images of femininity are that are being displaying for young girls to see. It teaches children gender roles at a young age, and we should be striving to remove these gender shackles from these young women.

They have plays associated to the “dolls” perception of body image, and their views on love and romance. These games are similar to the one’s young girls like myself once played, but with a callous twist. The dolls are ruthless towards “fat people”, they are naughty dolls when it comes to sex. These dolls games are the wild and crazy stories that grown women have created with their dolls, and some are true stories of other women’s recollection of how they used to play with their own dolls.

The Jackson’s are on the other end of the spectrum when it comes to Doll Games. They recreate naive childlike games, to be cruder and more sexualized, by introducing characters that are lesbians and hermaphrodites.

Doll Games is all together: a game, a reflection, an art project, a commemoration and an exploration of the various things dolls can get up to, some of which are just not that nice.

This quote is taken from the main page of The Doll Games website:

“As scholars and artists look closer to home for inspiration, and once-despised genres reveal wondrous molecular structures under the lenses of academe and art, the doll games remain the province of what we still fondly and dismissively refer to as ‘little girls.’ Little girls: a term fraught with judgements, some kindly meant, but all much to the detriment of real little girls, who must do their best to throw off the cloying shackles of ankle socks and hair ribbons, and hold some fastness against the numbing fog of cuteness in which their search parties disappear, and their violence, avidity and curiosity is extinguished. The doll games are that fastness. Under the noses of the uninitiated lies a secret laboratory, where inequity is redressed, stupidity violently derided, all desires gratified. Here the ‘little’ girl is, frankly, huge.”

The little girl must be defrocked. This project begins here.


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