We have all experienced the odd raised eyebrow or nervous shuffling of feet when we tell a friend or acquaintance about our doll hobby. After all they know not what they do, poor things :(
However the best we can expect is for our nearest and dearest to at least be polite! Unfortunately this is not always the case so this begs the question: what it the worst thing that someone has said to you in the face of your love of dolls??
To kick things off this is what a friend said to me when I excitedly showed off my latest (and rather expensive) gal; "You paid that much... for a piece of plastic!" Ugh the words still haunt me!
Fortunately, all of my dearest and nearest respect my hobby. At least I have never seen a raised eyebrow since I started my web project and began participating in international doll shows - that's a serious indulgence :)
But the others... They say:
- Uh-oh, isn't it time for your own baby?
(if someone explains how sexy adult dolls connect with babies I will be more than grateful, but they don't)
- What a nice collection of dolls your daughter will get!
(Isn't it obvious that these dolls are mine? Or do they suggest to break my NRFB collection for a hypothetic kid?)
- Huh, anyone can say he is the editor of a web project if he has a site, that doesn't mean a thing.
(ok, go and build yourself a project that really helps the industry move forward in your country, promotes new brands, informs newcomers thoroughly and provides them with a community, and let someone else gossip behind your back that the topic isn't serious enough and that's all a cup of tea)
- *grabs the doll by her legs and starts swinging it, or takes a jointed doll and makes it do provocative posing with another doll*
That's bad enough to be really offended even if the person is your friend!!
Hehe I know what you mean about the naughty posing. There also seems to be a reflex amongst non doll lovers to 'investigate' if our gals are wearing underwear or not!
Yeah :)) and when you show them a male doll they always get in his pants first.
One of my friends bought a Silken Flame Barbie repro to keep her NRFB, and I tried my best to peep under her skirt as well. My friend was shocked. She didn't understand that I was just interested by the construction of a repro outfit :)
My son's 15 year olds friends were quite shocked by my doll room at first...I have come home to my display dolls in varying degrees of undress or as you described 'provocative poses'...but I find it quite funny (after all, I remember my Barbie, Ken and Cher having some fun when I was younger...well kissing anyways!)
There are my top things
Ask how much you paid and then roll eyes
Ask when you are going to sell them and make a big profit.
Act like your hobby is justified if you are making a big profit, and say
"It's ok you collect dolls, since you will soon make a big profit."
I feel like I am talking to the Ferengi on Star Trek
haha :-) I think that your son is a lucky guy, mother's sense of humour is always priceless!
Yes, people often look for profit in other people's hobbies, that's unusual. I think that there's such great thing as Job, this is where one earns money. Hobby is a pleasant way to spend it, not gain :)
Yes, I do have a job, at least, but people like to think about get rich quick schemes more then real jobs. It's like the appeal of lose 20 pounds in one week vs. a slow and steady diet.
Yes indeed and the internet is littered with these schemes with the only ones making the money being the site owners. A fool and his money an' all :)
Get rich quick? In my country the journalists love to ask: "Is a doll a good investment?" Some say yes but I prefer a "no" - you should be an expert to make any money at the doll market, and still there's fashion and trends and all. If anyone has cash to buy a Jumeau or two, or a Bychkova doll, they may hope that they will succeed! :) But diamonds are safer.
My favorite is mothers work at home and make 22,000 dollars a month, but they never say, doing what.