Blond and blue-eyed blow up dolls for the troops? Combat ready packed with their lunch. But what of the embarrassment if they were captured? And, was the iconic Barbie doll from Mattel based on a German post-war sex doll, an upwardly mobile and ambitious hooker named Lilli? …”This standstill is utopia and the dialectical image therefore a dream image. Such an image is presented by the pure commodity: as fetish. Such an image are the arcades, which are both house and stars. Such an image is the prostitute, who is saleswoman and wares in one.” ( Walter Benjamin )
So in businees, so in art. As Robert Scholes has asserted: My argument, then, is that modernism was never a level playing field but was a gendered movement, driven by the anxieties and ambivalences of male artists and writers–anxieties and ambivalences that worked to bring the figure of the prostitute to the center of the modernist stage.I see Barbie as similar to Coca Cola. In The Essence of America, William Allen White once described Coke as the “sublimated essence of all America stands for.”And Coca-Cola’s long-time CEO , Robert Woodruff sought always to have it “within arm’s length of desire.” …
…ADOLF Hitler ordered blow-up dolls for his troops because so many caught sex diseases from prostitutes, The Sun reported today. Records revealed Nazi scientists developed the “synthetic comforters” for German soldiers who were regularly hustling in Paris. The problem was so bad it was keeping many of the troops from their frontline duties.
The World War Two project began in 1940 after SS chief Heinrich Himmler wrote, “The greatest danger in Paris is the widespread and uncontrolled presence of whores, picking up clients in bars, dance halls and other places. It is our duty to prevent soldiers from risking their health for the sake of a quick adventure.” Hitler personally approved the plan for the blonde and blue-eyed “gynoid” dolls, which were small enough to fit into a backpack. They were tested by soldiers in Nazi-occupied Jersey. Himmler was so impressed he ordered 50 for his own troops.Read More:http://www.news.com.au/world/hitler-ordered-blow-up-sex-dolls-for-nazi-soldiers/story-e6frfkyi-1226092704004a
William Lee Adams: Designers approached Hungarian actress Kathe von Nagy and asked if they could model the silicone doll on her. She refused. That inspired them to leave the doll’s face blank: they reasoned that soldiers were more likely to use the “comforters” if they could impart their own fantasies on them. Just in case the men needed a bit of inspiration, the Nazis gave their creation blue eyes and blond hair….Author Graeme Donald uncovered the sex toy operation while researching his book Mussolini’s Barber, a compilation of the most bizarre stories in military history. He made the discovery while retracing the footsteps of Americans Ruth and Elliot Handler, the inventors of the Barbie doll. They created their iconic toy after visiting Germany in 1956 and buying the Bild Lilli doll—an adult novelty item sold in German barber shops and nightclubs.Read More:http://newsfeed.time.com/2011/07/12/new-book-claims-hitler-gave-sex-dolls-to-nazi-soldiers/a