If this is a duplicate thread, please direct me where the same discussion is taking place. I have been mulling with this thought for a long while now. These dolls seem to have a stigma attached to them. Usually, it's that they're evil or they're creepy and weird. Consequently, people who own dolls are weird and creepy. That is the perception and it really bugs me. As much as I like to be open-minded and realize that doll owners come from all walks of life, the dominating stereotypes I see coming from high-exposure media, such as TV, movies, and music videos is that people who own dolls have some sort of mental issue, usually is gothic or child-like. Here's some of examples of what I mean: (ali project) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MNu2TTV-8PI (Kerli, and what a cute video, though) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v6xi7VY8iDM (The Doll Master) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doll_Master I'm bothered by this. To me, the abjd hobby is still small and niched, but there's already a stereotype being affixed to it, and the above is what it's gonna be. I admit that bjd's tend to attract peculiar people and there's something inherently creepy about these dolls, but for those of us who aren't gothic lolita or aren't in that sort of thing, that's something that we're going to have to deal with. What is perpetuating this gothic stereotype? Am I in the wrong hobby because I care so much that the crowd here seems overwhelmingly gothic? I don't appreciate this stereotype mainly because I hate it when people jump to conclusions about me based upon my likes. Please share your thoughts. I've been itching to discuss this for the longest time.