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  1. Mighty Ponygirl
    Mighty Ponygirl July 13, 2007 at 9:18 am |

    Fortunately, the new Prudie does have good comebacks when faced with full-on stupidity. She still rankles me, in the less nutty stuff, though. :)

  2. preying mantis
    preying mantis July 13, 2007 at 9:20 am |

    The fact that someone actually wrote in with this question is almost offset by the hilarity of her response.

  3. norbizness
    norbizness July 13, 2007 at 9:23 am |

    I should definitely forward this post to my sister (pictured in 1981).

  4. Anne
    Anne July 13, 2007 at 9:28 am |

    God, I hope he gets the sarcasm.

  5. Mighty Ponygirl
    Mighty Ponygirl July 13, 2007 at 9:31 am |

    What’s most distressing about this is how far this guy wants to go in order to make his little girl into a dirty whore. She likes stuffed animals! She’s loose with her affections! She’s going to be promiscuous! Lawdy lawdy! Shes’s only five … I really worry what’s going to happen in 5-7 years when she starts developing.

  6. human
    human July 13, 2007 at 9:42 am |

    That is a brilliant answer. Priceless!

  7. evil fizz
    evil fizz July 13, 2007 at 9:46 am | *

    I should definitely forward this post to my sister.

    Wait, wait, norbizness. Your sister had all of those stuffed animals and she’s *not* running a sex club or acting in gang bang porn?

    I’m just speechless.

  8. BabyGirl
    BabyGirl July 13, 2007 at 9:49 am |

    Amen, Mighty Ponygirl. This guy is beyond creepy.

  9. Betsy
    Betsy July 13, 2007 at 10:08 am |

    When I read that letter on slate yesterday, I assumed it was a prank, to be honest.

  10. Betsy
    Betsy July 13, 2007 at 10:08 am |

    …but maybe that was just wishful thinking on my part.

  11. thistle
    thistle July 13, 2007 at 10:11 am |

    I think I should be grateful my parents didn’t assume my brother and I were on the road to being axe murderers based on what we used to do to gummy bears, huh?

  12. Mighty Ponygirl
    Mighty Ponygirl July 13, 2007 at 10:13 am |

    thistle — not to mention all of the headless barbie dolls, and don’t even get onto the deicidic tendencies of the chocolate easter bunnies!

  13. JoAsakura
    JoAsakura July 13, 2007 at 10:15 am |

    This dude is DEFINITELY purity ball material.

    :wonders if you can hear circus music if you listen real carefully:

  14. mythago
    mythago July 13, 2007 at 10:50 am |

    The dude struck me as somebody pulling a prank on Prudie, actually.

  15. Caja
    Caja July 13, 2007 at 11:57 am |

    Hmm. I had lots and lots of favorite stuffed animals and plastic dinosaurs and stuff . . . and I grew up to be polyamorous! Watch out, parents! The kids should only get one wooden block as a toy. EVAR.

  16. Henry
    Henry July 13, 2007 at 12:01 pm |

    This has to be a goof.

  17. norbizness
    norbizness July 13, 2007 at 12:17 pm |

    Evil: I never said anything of the sort. Her sex club is quite successful.

  18. Mighty Ponygirl
    Mighty Ponygirl July 13, 2007 at 12:23 pm |

    norbizness, I only go there for the footlong hotdogs.

  19. SarahMC
    SarahMC July 13, 2007 at 12:26 pm |

    Hah. As I revealed in last week’s 8-things-about-me thread, I used to play a game called “Dead Baby” when I was small. Didn’t care much for dolls, so I created dramatic soap opera-esque scenarios in which babies died for one reason or another, and acted them out with my cousin. Dad didn’t care much for the game. I wonder if he wrote into any advice columnists seeking reassurance I wouldn’t grow up to be an “abortionist.”

  20. Elaine Vigneault
    Elaine Vigneault July 13, 2007 at 12:34 pm |

    Dear Perhaps,

    No, it means she will choose to spend quality romantic time with a Realdoll (TM) rather than a human being.
    That, or she’ll have a lot of pet cats.

    Warmly,
    Elaine

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  22. Thorn
    Thorn July 13, 2007 at 1:22 pm |

    OMG, I had the same take Mighty Ponygirl did – that this guy is just working overtime to turn his child’s normal actions (what’s that, a 5-year-old whose favorite toy is generally her newest toy?? STOP THE PRESSES!). It was his mention that she sleeps with her stuffed animals that creeped me out – as if somehow sleeping with a stuffie is whatsoever analogous to having sex.

  23. Lindsay
    Lindsay July 13, 2007 at 3:06 pm |

    Yeah, I read this the other day and I was just…my jaw dropped. It’s sick when parents have an obsession with their child’s sexuality.

  24. GreyLadyBast
    GreyLadyBast July 13, 2007 at 3:16 pm |

    ohfortheluvapeet….!

    I wonder what this clown would have made of the time my mom walked in on me hanging a bunch of Barbies by the neck from my canopy, happily playing “Salem Witch Trials.”

    …of course, Mom didn’t stick around for the part where the witches all come back to life and cursed the evil villagers to suffer the pain they had caused…

    Bast

  25. thistle
    thistle July 13, 2007 at 3:41 pm |

    I wonder if these were (*gasp*) female stuffed animals?

  26. JoAsakura
    JoAsakura July 13, 2007 at 3:53 pm |

    …of course, Mom didn’t stick around for the part where the witches all come back to life and cursed the evil villagers to suffer the pain they had caused…

    Bast, you’re my hero for today ^_______^v

  27. akeeyu
    akeeyu July 13, 2007 at 3:59 pm |

    “Does this behavior indicate she’ll be overly promiscuous as an adult”

    There’s such a thing as *overly* promiscuous? Oooh, crap.

    Oh, and holy shit, this guy is just a big ball of crazy. Do you think he’s able to commit to a single neurosis, or is he kind of slutty with his nuttiness?

  28. SoE
    SoE July 13, 2007 at 5:04 pm |

    I actually thought he might ask for a way to tell her so many toys are waaaaaaaaay too expensive. Naïve me…

    It’s not working the other way round, tho. I had only one stuffed animal (teddybear) sleeping in my bed and he’s still with me. But I am not having my first boyfriend anymore. ^^

  29. Amanda Marcotte
    Amanda Marcotte July 13, 2007 at 5:14 pm |

    When I wrote that, I thought Prudie would know I was kidding.

  30. zuzu
    zuzu July 13, 2007 at 5:25 pm | *

    My evil ex-roommate used to play Prisoner of the Vietcong with her brother and sister — they’d trap the little sister under a laundry basket and poke her with sticks.

    Not terribly promiscuous as an adult, but also not very good at paying the rent.

  31. Linnaeus
    Linnaeus July 13, 2007 at 6:12 pm |

    Not terribly promiscuous as an adult, but also not very good at paying the rent.

    I suspect that in the grand scheme of things, not paying the rent was the least bad of her qualities.

  32. Linnaeus
    Linnaeus July 13, 2007 at 6:17 pm |

    Really, this guy doesn’t need to worry until his daughter gets the plush Cthulhu. Then we’ve got a problem.

  33. slythwolf
    slythwolf July 13, 2007 at 10:21 pm |

    I am in no way surprised that a man equates sex partners to toys which one owns.

  34. Blunderbuss
    Blunderbuss July 13, 2007 at 10:55 pm |

    …… Buh?

    No, seriously, what?

    Holy crap, if he over-reacts to something like this, I don’t know what he’ll do if he sees her playing with clotheless Barbies or deciding to swim without a swimsuit or being afraid of boy-cooties. Oh no, she’s afraid of boy germs, she’ll be a lesbian!

    Hell, I occasionally went around topless, because the boys did and my chest was just like theirs, right? This whacko would think I’d be a topless dancer when I grew up, or something.

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