Did a few searches and really didn't find anything along this line, but, feel free to merge/delete/etc. if something like this does in fact exist already. As a disclaimer, this is intended for just a general conversation, not a debate. I let my partner borrow my girls for his final photography project. It was a bit of a risque thing (each of the girls nude in front of a collage of real women), but I gave him my blessing and asked only that he keep the shots of the girls artistic. He had an in-progress critique of the project the other day, and called me up ranting about his classmates. Apparently they had insisted on raunchy poses for the girls and urged him to go for it, even if he had to sneak around behind my back to shoot. I was surprised when he told me he kept explaining to them that he couldn't do that--not only for my sake, but the dolls' as well. He said that as he was spending time with the girls and photographing them, he really saw their personalities arise and gained a larger respect for them. Still, his peers kept on with, "They're just dolls, you can do whatever you want to them." On one level, I do understand that they're "just" dolls--I don't think they have souls, and I can totally own that the personalities/emotions they embody are things I project onto them. But even still, the thought of my girls splayed out for people to gawk at bothers me. They ARE my personal art collection, they embody my characters, and while they are just "things," they are things that I've invested a lot of personal time and effort into. So: Have any of you ever dealt with something like this? How did (or would) you feel about it? Do you think dolls merit our respect (for one reason or another)?