When I was a kid, I loved nothing more than playing with dolls. I spent hours dreaming up storylines, acting out their lives, and of course, dressing and undressing them for various social engagements. I don't recall ever wondering why my boy dolls and my girls dolls looked the same with their pants off. I think I knew that males and females had somewhat different engineering, but when it came to my toys, I didn't question them. Naturally, I was surprised when I saw a real baby boy getting his diaper changed and realized there were some significant differences from Ken.
Should kids learn about anatomy from their dolls? Or should they be shielded from it until they're "old enough"? (And when is "old enough"?) These questions came up last week when Toys R Us's You & Me Mommy Change My Diaper Doll got a swarm of media attention for, well, having a penis. Anatomically correct dolls are hardly new — check out this vintage advertisement for Baby Wee Wee — but media reports claimed parents were shocked by them. Based on reactions on Twitter though, it seems most people were outraged by the alleged outrage.
At least one tweeter didn't think it was suitable for children...
Interestingly, the female version of Toys R Us's You & Me Mommy Change My Diaper Doll hasn't gotten much attention.
Would you buy an anatomically correct doll for your child? Why or why not? Should it have a warning on it? Sound off in the comments!
Images: Gender neutral baby doll. (Shutterstock), Others: screenshots from Twitter