Thursday, September 12, 2013

FatLand Policies Toward Creativity

FatLand had a very staunch policy against the making of thin toys or dolls. It is not something they wrote or talked much about. It was implicit, however, in their designs and culture.

The idea was of course to make sure that there were enough fat beautiful dolls around so that young FatLanders wouldn't pine for those of the Other Side, especially Barbies. There were, alas, also soldier figures -fat. Also wonderfully fat and cuddly toy animals. When kids on the other side saw the FatLand animals, most of them wanted one.

Some of them even liked the dolls.

Songs written in FatLand could not refer to weight. Neither could poems. This stipulation was much debated in meetings. But it continued.

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