Dolls Imitating Humans
Building Self-Esteem Through the Use of Black Dolls with a Section on Other Ethnic Groups Making Up the Family Unit
2000 Dolls Imitating Humans are preforming numerous activities that represent the American way of life. Dolls are acting in eleven categories including, Appearances, Health, Family Members, Moods and Feelings/Character Traits, Conditions, Traditions, Careers, Inappropriate Appearances, Stereotypical Images and a General Melting Pot. The dolls are in an expo type exhibit.
- Appearances –
such as shades of skin color, body shapes and sizes, hair styles, sleepwear, formal wear, stereotypical images (e.g. Smart, slow, etc.)
- Health –
this section brings attention to types of illnesses and survival. Dolls are shown on crutches, cancer awareness and survival, broken limbs, amputees, blindness, burns, hair problems, etc.
- Family Members –
are depicted by mothers holding babies, fathers in work clothes, grandparents sitting in rocking chairs, step parents, dolls in high chairs, strollers, basinets, cradles, etc.
- Moods and Feelings/Character Traits –
where doll’s facial expressions and body language show happiness, sadness, anger, fear, relaxation, etc.
- Conditions –
such as being responsible, performing chores, showing violence, being patriotic, showing timeout, etc.
- Traditions –
such as Easter, Thanksgiving, D. Martin Luther King, Jr. memorial Holiday, worship service, Rites of Passage, Underground Railroad, Kwanzaa, Sororities, etc.
- Careers –
represent dancer, preacher, teacher, nun, gymnast, sport figures, gardener, telephone operator, etc.
- Inappropriate Appearances –
such as sagging pants, showing cleavage, tightly fitting garments, unkempt hair, etc.
- Stereotypical Images –
such as pick-a-nin-ny or caricature figures characterized by: blackface, watermelon eating, red lips, absence of shoes, etc.
- General Melting Pot –
is an exquisite and unique look at types of dolls from different ethnic backgrounds.