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Hey Barbie, take a backseat in that pink convertible of yours!  Anatomically correct female wax figures were the O.G. of dolls in the 18th century.  If you were a kid in the 1700’s, you’ll remember these awesome dolls from your childhood. Because most of us weren’t ( though someone in the comment section is bound to disagree #Notall300yearolds), Morbid Anatomy Museum co-founder Joanna Ebenstein has put together a book of haunting photos of these dissectible dolls. The Anatomical Venus features over 250 images of the female wax figures whose original purpose was to teach the general public about the human body, however, over time their uses expanded from "scientific to sacred," and they eventually became a fetish which turned into Doll Worship.  Many of these can still can be seen in museums around the world, "these bodies communicated the relationship between the human body and a divinely created cosmos; between art and science, nature and mankind.”








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If you like what you see, pick up a copy on Amazon.com

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Courtney Bissonette is a New York based writer and improv comedienne. She writes primarily about movies, pop cultures and feminist heroes. She gets along best with old people. She has seen more old movies than your grandma, probably. Salt from Salt n Pepa once took her Trick'r Treating. You can follow her on instagram at @gddamnitcourtney or twitter @courttette

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