- Robin Parry
- Robin Parry is the husband of but one wife (Carol) and the father of the two most beautiful girls in the universe (Hannah and Jessica). He also has a lovely cat called Monty (who has only three legs). Living in the city of Worcester, UK, he works as an Editor for Wipf and Stock — a US-based theological publisher. Robin was a Sixth Form College teacher for 11 years and has worked in publishing since 2001 (2001–2010 for Paternoster and 2010– for W&S).
Friday, 28 November 2008
Why do I hate this doll?
Here is an action doll I saw at Borders Bookstore in downtown Bwaston (=Boston).
I really hate this kind of thing. But why? I am sure that the doll tells us a lot about contemporary culture but what does the fact that I hate it tell me about me? After all, creating an action doll of someone is not considered a way of demeaning them - it signifies that the character has some status. It means that children might wish to play games in which the character is the hero, and so on. Children may indeed wish to emulate such a hero.
But I still hate it. ... [brief pause for introspection] ...
To my mind it does seem to trivialize Jesus. When I think of the Lord I am filled with gratitude, awe and wonder. I revere him. He is not cute. He is not tacky. He may have a sense of humour but he is not the object of humour. He is not a 'doll' that I can manipulate to my purposes. He cannot be domesticated but stands over against my attempts to 'tame him'.
Doll-Jesus looks tacky. He does what I want him to, to whom I want him to, when I want him to. I simply cannot think of Jesus in that way without a real feeling of horror.
Perhaps I need to get a life and loosen up but these feelings are deep seated and that's just where I am at.
I would be interested to know how others respond to the doll (and I will not slay anyone with righteous indignation if you are positive about it).