Should Little Girls Play With Breastfeeding Dolls?
I recall a little dustup over this doll last year. Folks said it was sexualizing little girls and that the last thing we need is 6-year-olds sticking a doll up under their shirts to give it a pretend snack. I didn't pay attention too much because I have two sons--not exactly the target demographic.
However, I did breastfeed both of my boys--when you're making $1,800 a month as a teacher in Compton, like I was when my eldest was born, you choose the FREE food option over the one that comes in a can. I started reading more about the health benefits and stuck with it for my youngest son, so I'm strongly in favor of breastfeeding.
Still, I'm trying to put myself in the shoes of the folks who are up in arms. Is it cos the doll involves boobs the girls don't have yet? Bodily functions? Are we all prudes? Is it that the doll makes sucking noises and the mouth moves too? Is it the fact that the doll is a ridiculously priced $89?
I decided to poll the ultimate real talk test case, my husband. Would he would get one of these dolls for our daughter if we'd had one?
"Wait, are you pregnant?" he asked, his face lighting up like it was Christmas morning.
"Nooooope," I replied. "Hypothetically, would you get one of these dolls for a daughter if you had had one?
"Oh, you're not pregnant. Okay..." (Note to self: start discussing him getting snipped.) "Well, yeah, of course I would," he continued. "I mean, I kept my kids on a leash. Why not a breastfeeding doll so she's socialized that doing that is normal and doesn't feel like she has to retreat in a cave to do it?"
Yes, because breastfeeding dolls are the equivalent of kid leashes. But it gets better: He went and asked my sons what they thought about this doll and 11-year-old Mr. O's reaction was, "What kind of sick doll is that?" That's disgusting. Just stop talking. LALALALA. I can't hear you talking!"
Clearly, I don't have to think about whether or not, in the pursuit of gender equity, I should go buy my sons a breastfeeding doll. They're not having it.
If we're cool with little girls pretend feeding a baby doll from a bottle, why not pretend breastfeeding? What do you think--yay or nay on the breastfeeding doll? If you had a little girl, would you buy her one?
I'm tempted to say no solely on the basis of the cheesy video for the doll. Watch this and you'll see what I mean--warning, there are BEWBS in this video so if you're at work, watch at your own risk.