Saturday, April 28, 2012

A Guy's Love For Dolls

I'll be the first to admit that having grown up in Mexico City - a very Catholic and "machista" city - I never really felt comfortable playing with dolls as a kid. If I would have been caught playing with dolls at school or at a party I would have likely become a victim of social ridicule and bullying.

Guys are supposed to like plastic cars, toy soldiers, monster trucks, cowboys and guns. I was always a little bit different than other boys I grew up with. I liked My Little Ponies, Care Bears, She-Ra, and yes... Barbie dolls. While I never actually openly played with dolls, I managed to steal one from one of my cousins during a sleepover weekend. It felt so wrong and yet so right. I was excited to get home to play with it. I remember hiding it underneath the washroom vanity and locking myself up to bring it out.

Looking back now, I don't really know what I was so ashamed of. Society and cultural gender roles can have a big impact on the way we behave as both kids and adults but at the end of the day someone along the way decided what is considered appropriate and what isn't and it certainly wasn't me! Saying that a boy should not play with dolls is something society decided upon to reinforce the expectation of toughness and machismo men are expected to grow into and it all certainly seems quite arbitrary to me.

I am an openly gay man now and as such I truly value being able to be in tune with my emotions and to have the ability to express my feelings and views in a way many heterosexual men simply cannot. I guess I'm more connected to my feminine side but I definitely still feel that I am a masculine man. I don't know if dolls had anything to do with me developing these attributes or not but what I do know is that learning to care for care bears, dolls, and other cute toys definitely helped to develop the caring and nurturing nature in me.

But enough about me... I wanted to write this blog post to openly share my love for dolls with others for the first time.. My little cousin (who I adore) asked my mom to buy her a doll for her birthday. I happened to go to my mom's house the following week and that's when I first was exposed to Monster High.
Monster High Dolls
Monster High dolls are based on a cartoon series depicting the lives of the offspring of famous monsters such as Dracula, Frankenstein, The Mummy, Medusa, The Phantom Of The Opera, zombies, ghosts, and the abominable snowman. As the intro song to the TV show states these characters are "freaky-chic and fly" and combined they are simply unstoppable. Having watched a few episodes of the series (you can find the pilot below) made me quickly fall in love with the characters behind these dolls even more. You can watch the rest of the series online on the official YouTube channel here.

Now that I am an adult I was able to buy my first ever doll publicly with no shame to worry about. It may sound simple but I must say it was quite a liberating experience for me as it helped me to realize how many of my fears I have conquered through the years and how much more I love myself for who I am.

Once I got home I unpacked the dolls I bought and decided to take a few fashion shots of them with my iPhone. I am quite happy with the way they turned out. Here they are, hope you enjoy them!

Another set of dolls I have been obsessed with for a while are Blythe. These are fashion dolls with over sized heads and large eyes that change colour with the pull of a string. They are produced by Japanese toy company Takara and they have sparked a very large network of hobbyists who customize the dolls for resale and create clothing and shoes for them. You can check some of my favourite pictures of Blythe dolls on my Pinterest. I have yet to buy one of these!

Blythe Doll
I hope you enjoyed learning a little bit more about me and my love for dolls. Feel free to leave a comment below. Thanks for stopping by!~

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Wednesday, April 4, 2012

The Real Housewives Of Vancouver - First Impressions

Ok fellow Real Housewives' fans... Let's dish it out shall we?

First of all I'd like to say that I feel extremely privileged to live in such a beautiful and diverse city as Vancouver – it certainly looks great on screen and I’m proud to say that I have been to almost all of the spots the housewives went to on the first two episodes – like most foodies I love exploring the city’s hot spots and trendy shops.

In terms of the ladies, here are my first impressions:

JodyWOW – this woman gives the concept of verbal abuse a whole new meaning. I thought I liked her when she started talking to people at the market in their native language but I quickly changed my mind when she took out her claws and attacked Mary and Christina for no apparent reason.  She seems sweet at first but trust me she is full of nasty! Also, what's up with the gigantic earrings and jewelry?

Reiko – My favourite Vancouver housewife by far! She knows how to enjoy her money without making others feel inferior. She has a very expensive taste and she is not scared to flaunt it. I like the fact that she is not impressed by drama or cattiness and that she will defend others if she feels they are being attacked wrongfully. I totally want one of her three Ferraris. 

Christina – A gay boy’s dream BFF – I can totally see why her best friend is gay. She is fun, she is gorgeous, she has a kind heart, and she is actually quite vulnerable even through she may not necessarily show it. If I were throwing a party I’d definitely want her to attend.

Ronnie – I am a little confused when it comes to Ronnie. She definitely lives a lavish life and she’s got an amazing body but her friendship skills are a different story. She had no problem trash-talking her friends in front of others and she could not be bothered to defend poor Mary from Jody’s incessant attacks. I would not want Ronnie to be my friend and most certainly I would not want her to be my enemy. She’s one to watch for when it comes to drama this season I’m sure.

Mary – What a sweet woman. However, even sweetness can be bothersome at times. From what we’ve seen so far she’s definitely lacking a backbone. I would not go as far as Jody did by recommending that she goes to visit a therapist but she definitely needs to stand up for herself if she wants to survive in this group’s company.  I think Mary will surprise us by having the biggest transformation of the season. Has anyone heard her music before? I certainly haven't. 

I am very happy with the show and the cast. It will be lots of fun to watch and the drama seems to only get better from here. I have loved pretty much all of the prior editions of The Real Housewives and I must say that Vancouver does not look like it will disappoint. As Jody very well said: “Let The Games Begin” - It's on! What did you think?

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