by Liz Madden, Co-Organiser at Cork Feminista
Update – Success!
The Chinese e-commerce platform, DHgate, has deactivated the account the retailer of child-like sex dolls after Liz’s campaign spread to rights advocacy group Dining for Dignity.
Read more here http://www.scmp.com/news/china-insider/article/1359217/chinese-e-commerce-platform-removes-paedophile-sex-doll-after
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Shopping for Dolls *Trigger warning for child sex abuse
Each year, hundreds of thousands of parents will shop online for their children’s Christmas presents. This year, one parent came across a disturbing image while searching for a doll for her daughter. The parent contacted Cork Feminista explaining how after a being directed from one website to another, she ended up on a wholesalers website. She typed in the search tab ‘dolls’ and the return search provided a list of sexdolls. One doll in particular seemed different to the rest. It was a life-like, child-sized sexdoll.
As an activist, a mother and a feminist this article posed a moral dilemma. I knew by writing this article I would be in some form advertising the website and product. In opposition to that, I knew it could also act as a platform to expose the corruption of the suppliers who are selling childlike sex dolls and making them a normalised commodity of the sex industry. After long consideration and discussion with fellow feminists I decided to lay out the facts about child-like sex dolls.
‘cheap beautiful young girl sex doll for men sexy love’. http://www.dhgate.com/product/new-arrival-cheap-beautiful-young-girl-sex/154258083.html#s1-9-1|3133468640.
What you see in the above link are images of a child-sized, lifelike sex doll.
The item resembles a young girl with the body shape and size of a child no older than the age of seven or eight. One image shows her crying, we must assume she is in pain. In some images, she is semi-nude, in others she is wearing clothing that is generally sold in the children’s department of clothing stores. Strategically placed, another image shows her wearing a flower print nightdress with her legs opened and the vagina area exposed, a pair of strawberry printed underwear purposefully located alongside her legs. The photographer tactically photographs the doll in a vulnerable position in all six images. The sellers description of the doll is unrepeatable and incredibly difficult to read.
I ask how such a doll can be sold. How can a person legally, legitimately, morally and ethically sell this doll? Furthermore, I discovered an article where Shin Takagi the owner of Trottla (the Japanese company that produces and sells child-sized, life-like dolls) was interviewed by Chloe Cross of VICE (an international magazine focused on arts, culture, and news topic ). http://www.vice.com/read/japan-trottla-dolls-lifesize-lingerie.
In her interview, Cross asks Takagi the questions that press on the minds of almost anyone who see’s these disturbing images. As one could imagine, each response from Shin Takagi was more worrying than the last. After reading the answers of Shin Takagi, I decided to read the comments section. This was the moment that defined the severity of the issue of child-like sex dolls. One commenter said ‘’ At least people in japan have no excuse to rape children anymore. This kinda thing is shocking to most Americans because of how sexually liberated Japan is. Violence in America is as Sex to Japan.’’ I am appalled that this commentator could construe sexual intercourse with a childlike doll as being a sexually liberating experience. Moreover, he suggests that a childlike doll could prevent or ‘cure’ rapists! Surely having sexual intercourse with a childlike doll is pedophilla as the idea of having sexual intercourse with a child is still existing within the mind of the abuser.
I highly doubt (and would be completely deflated if I discovered) that the medical or psychological profession would encourage rapists and peadophiles to have sexual intercourse with childlike sex dolls. I firmly believe that it is not in any way a solution to their problem. Most worryingly, this comment received thirteen likes and, I fear that it points to a growing cultural normalisation of the sexualisation of young girls.
I am left in shock and dismay at the images that have been presented to us. I feel that the attitudes of the sellers are unjustifiable and most importantly the comments from the general public worry me the most. We must not and cannot allow child-like sex dolls become a normalised part of the sex industry. Please sign our campaign against stop the sale of child-sized, lifelike sex dolls. https://www.causes.com/campaigns/65020-stop-the-sale-of-child-sized-life-like-sex-dolls