Tuesday, August 11, 2009
This , folks is "Bebe Gloton" and you are NOT hallucinating - it comes with a petal-emblazoned "bra" and cries until you "nurse" and "burp" the wee infant doll . And I am a little drawn to both sides of the fence when I think about this for a variety of reasons .
First , I'll go with the pros - breastfeeding is a perfectly natural and wholesome experience that benefits mother and child and this doll is a breakaway from the irritating bottle-feed variety . Some girls who have witnesses their mummies with their younger siblings will naturally emulate this action with their dolls anyways and it is perfectly normal . It is certainly more appropriate than the "Brats" type dolls who adorn harlot wear and encourage early rebellion .
But then there is another side of me that sees this as a tad unsettling . I vividly recall being a young child and most girls didn't even wear shirts at the beach and I now see even infants wearing bikinis as if there is something wrong with their childish undeveloped selves - we have taken to sexualizing even the youngest of girls in this manner and thusly this doll may reinforce something that makes most normal folks cringe . Do toddlers really need to have maternity promoted and reinforced with a toy? I mean , sure it's natural , but do we really NEED to be introducing a CHILD to something an ADULT does at a very young age? And doesn't it step back into the vestigial idea that women are only on the earth for producing and rearing offspring?
After milling this over I have come to the conclusion that if a parent sees it as appropriate , then this is THEIR choice and nobody else's - maybe it is WE as adults who are of the sick mind that this encourages sexuality . It would certainly be of the parent's option whether or not to use the accessory "mammary" bra . It's up to the parents - NO doll is going to encourage early development in the way that the media already has . Yes , it might open your kids up to ask "uncomfortable" questions , but kids should be dialoguing with their elders anyways .
What do you think?
Posted by Michel-Exildas Galipeau at 18:34