Thursday, August 4, 2011
About Dolls - How Much Reality is Too Much?
The following isn't verbatim, but I will try to relay it as best I can and I am leaving some parts out.
This morning, I heard a comedian (unknown) ranting about toy dolls on a morning talk show. He was discussing how he didn't like that they've now come out with breastfeeding dolls ...complete with sound. He went on about how they should be more like Chatty Cathy (doll from 60s) was, although he made fun of the voice wearing out after the string was pulled too many times. He thought the Betsy Wetsy (60s) doll was too much. Then he said something like "The next thing you know they'll be selling a "Barbie Gets Her Period" doll. Once a month you won't be able to play with her!"
I'll just add ...they could also have a PMS button to press for the CRAZEE days before Barbie's period. ;)
I decided to go over to Youtube to check out this breastfeeding doll.
First I will say that I nursed both sons and provided for all their nourishment until they went on baby food at 5 months and then I continued for several months after. I know it is not for everyone, but I found it to be one of the most amazing and rewarding maternal experiences ever, that I shall always remember with great fondness.
That being said, I have to say that I did not at all care for seeing this little girl breastfeeding her doll. I know breast feeding is a natural function that nourishes the baby, while also bonding mother and child. It is a beautiful experience.
Children in families with breastfeeding moms, know full well that their mother is feeding the new baby. It becomes the accepted, natural norm. No big deal.
But, I do take issue with this particular doll. You can go view the video for yourself. Maybe you will disagree with me. There is a comment thread with varying points of view ...sometimes heated. I am sure little girls have emulated their moms nursing the baby before. Although, my friends and I never even thought of that when we played dolls. Probably because we were all bottle fed in the 50s!
It just seemed weird to see the little girl in the video put on an over the head strap on halter apron, that has 2 circular, rose red or pink with green border marked out areas representing her breasts and then place the nursing doll right there ...complete with motion of suckling and sound effects.
I think it has the potential for being provocative around the wrong person. And ...I don't think little girls need to put all that much focus on *their* breasts ...even though plastic halter apron in this case. They'll grow up fast enough. It just seemed too personal. It took child's play to another level that I don't feel is age appropriate. I would never buy that doll for any little girl.
Imagination works just fine in this case.