Dolls that simulate breastfeeding. So your little girl can be a little mommy at the ripe old age of two.
Children are intended to wear a bra-like halter-top featuring flowers over the nipple area, and when the doll is lifted to the flowers, it makes a sucking motion and sound.
Am I the only one who finds this downright creepy?
Dolls themselves are a touchy subject for many feminists/humanists/skeptics/free thinks/average people… The plethora of all things pink will make even the most lazy feminist stand up and take notice.
I mean… have you been to a toy store recently?
Anyway, whether you are pro baby doll or anti baby doll… the fact is that in our culture there is already exorbitant pressure of little girls to be socially stratified into the “little girl” role and often times that is a role that focuses on playing house and being the docile feminine article… dolls are the epitome of this.
And dolls that breastfeed simple add fuel to the “all women want babies” “real women have babies” “grow up and be a mother” ideas.
Finally… who in their right mind thinks that this is age appropriate? Shouldn’t we be teaching our little girls to run and play and explore and learn? Not preprogramming them for early pregnancies and childcare?
Let me be clear, we need mothers, we need little girls to grow up and want to be mothers… but we also need girls to grow up knowing that they have a choice and that they have the freedom to make that choice.
And something tells me breastfeeding dolls are not on the path towards equality.
And because it wasn’t clear, let me add this:
Breastfeeding itself isn’t gross… Not at all.
What is gross to me is the encouragement of little girls to take on the roles/trappings/attitudes/work/social norms of grown women when they are still little girls.
Girls are already in a hurry to grow up… I don’t think we need to be encouraging them.