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A pole-dancing doll for kids? Well done, toy manufacturers of the world!

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For the last few days, the interwebs has come alive with the sound of parental indignation — all because of this grainy camera-phone snapshot:

Oh, look, Mommy! A stripper starter-kit for the pre-K set! The pic’s originator, Gizmodo.com, can’t definitively verify that the doll is in fact real, or available in the U.S.

But either way, are we really so surprised? The scene in 2004’s Mean Girls when high-school queen bee Regina’s little sister pumped her tiny grade-school booty to Kelis’s salacious hit “Milkshake” was meant to be satirical; these days, it feels increasingly real.

From Miley Cyrus’s infamous pole-assisted gyrations at the recent Teen Choice Awards to club-ready clothing lines for grade-schoolers like Beyonce’s Dereon Girls, it seems that pop culture is constantly fighting to shorten or even obliterate an ever-briefer age of innocence.

But you tell me, PopWatchers, do I sound like a consumer-advocate Andy Rooney here? Or is this doll really so inconceivable?