Living Dolls

Dolls, singing automata, fembots, replicants, borg, cyborgs, terminators.








Doll makeup


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The Doll’s Song from “Tales of Hoffmann”:

I have seen renditions I prefer, but she moves well.

[Addendum, July 2013: More doll-like women from the Internet]






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From here:


34 responses to this post.

  1. You forgot about the Cylons Julian…


    • I don’t know anything about Cylons.

      I thought about cyberpunk girls, but they are just basically normal women.


      • They are androids from the Battlestar Galactica universe. I listed them somewhat in jest, because they were made to look human, and thus don’t quite fit with the rest of your specimens.

      • Well, they probably do belong in this group, these Cylons, if they are androids. Rachael the replicant was made to look human, and I have included her. (So, for that matter, were the terminators played by Summer Glau and Shirley Manson, although their behaviour was odd).

  2. Posted by alcestiseshtemoa on April 28, 2013 at 12:38 pm

    Don’t forget human women (biological) engineered in some secret laboratory. Scarlett Johansson is a clone in The Island —>×377-38701.jpg

    Or women who gain superpowers from a chemical accident (Jessica Alba as Invisible Woman in The Fantastic Four) —>

    Personally, the best Rachel in The Batman Trilogy (Christian Bale as Batman), was Katie Holmes —>×450.jpg

    The second movie was awesome, but the Rachel there was a huge letdown. Too bad she died in the second one (maybe Katie Holmes did the right thing by not taking the role).


    • Thanks Alcest

      I am not trying to be systematic or comprehensive.

      I have always found the feminine doll persona intriguing. The examples I give are of creatures that purport to be women, but are not, and never were.

      One of the movie sequences I find most intriguing is the use of the Voight-Kampff empathy test on Rachael in Blade Runner. I have recently read the novel on which the film was based, by Philip K Dick, “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?” The Rachael character appears in both the book and the film, but there are interesting differences.

      I am interested in the concept of empathy, its psychological testing, and the use of observable physical signs of neuropsychology in general. I had a friend once, Dr Ming Huang, who used to work on eye movements and the personal psychological feature of “category width”. Unfortunately, I lost contact with her.


  3. The Star Trek one looks like Helen Rittelmeyer.


    • That is actress Jeri Ryan playing Seven of Nine. I have never been a trekkie, but she is famous for her large bosom and cold personality. The character I mean. I have no idea what Jeri Ryan is like in real life, although presumably she still has a large bosom.

      Funny, I was just reflecting on how appealing I find Helen Rittelmeyer.


      • Yeah, you are right. There is something about the mouth and expression that reminds one of Helen Rittelmeyer (of Mississippi and Yale). I think she is very attractive, in that role. I don’t usually like blondes, but she is a “handsome” woman. Jeri Ryan as Seven of Nine, I mean.

      • Well that’s 5 minutes I’ll never get back.

      • Somebody’s not getting enough attention, evidently. Reminds me of the three-year old at the house I visited yesterday, screaming “Everybody everybody everybody look at me!”


      • Well, I assume you mean Vanessa and the girls. Vanessa does say what is otherwise practically unsayable viz. that women have fantasies about being raped and abused. Yes, they do. Many men know this, and the sales of Fifty Shades of Grey indicate it too, but Vanessa comes right out and says it.

        This fact is neither good nor bad. It is just a fact. Nobody is going to make progress without having the facts.

        Many women are hugely turned on by fantasies of being beaten by attractive men.

        The other thing that TC does is provide an object lesson in why women are often considered unreliable and unsuited to rule or office. (I have known some good women at work, but I suppose they keep their “crazy” for other times,)

      • Yes, but she’s said more or less the same thing before; it gets old, at least for me…

        I think I’m suffering from “it’s all been said and done before”; shoot, that was part of why I quit blogging, as well as other considerations: one part, was that I had said most of what I wanted to say, and I saw little point in saying the same things over in just slightly different ways, any more.

        I might do well to take a longer break from the ‘sphere, not just in writing, but in reading, too…

      • Thanks for the link. I hadn’t seen that.

        I took a long break from TC. We had some “creative differences”.

      • I took one, too; I’m taking one again now.

      • Oh, was that the infamous “thug” post?

      • Yes, with all the comments now scrubbed, thrown into moderation.

        I had commented thus:

        The word ‘thug’ of course comes from the Thuggee cult, in India, back in the day; they were devoted to Kali, the goddess of death and destruction, the wife of Shiva the destroyer. They travelled in packs, and would kill fellow travellers whose confidence they had gained, and rob them, and then bury the corpses.

        I find it bizarre to associate any sort of positive traits with the word ‘thug’; it gained its negative connotations from the cult from which it is derived.

      • The problem may be the word. If she had simply written Real Man or something, a lot of what she wrote would have resonated happily with me.

      • For sure; likewise.

        But words mean things, and make the difference.

  4. Posted by alcestiseshtemoa on April 28, 2013 at 5:54 pm

    Romance novels are a bit overrated. Never got the appeal but I understand why a lot of women like it (the bad guys pulled them in). Characters from the following genres are better: sci-fi/fantasy, action, comedy, drama and thriller/horror. It’s like the 5 senses of film.


    • I like romance novels without “bad guy” romantic leads. Which means I have to scour used book stores and Ebay auction lots for romance novels written in the 1950’s.

      The closest thing to a bad guy romantic lead was a depressed widower.


  5. Posted by Julian O'Dea on May 21, 2015 at 12:52 pm

    “There’s Two Human Barbies – and They HATE Each Other”:


    • Posted by Jim on May 21, 2015 at 5:43 pm

      Women will defend the collective yet hate each other. They’re very competitive with each other. Silly creatures.


  6. Posted by Julian O'Dea on May 29, 2015 at 8:07 am

    Even in government employment one meets some people who break the mundane mould.

    Some real characters.

    I used to work in a building with a fairly attractive young woman who dressed up so much she looked like a doll. Why? It still puzzles me. She was really bizarre. I would suspect some mental illness, except she was young and attractive and holding down a job in a conservative milieu. She might have been a secretary since they are often fashionable. But this girl was dressed more like something out of an old storybook.


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