A baby doll with a penis is freaking out some shoppers and online readers.
The toy, which is made by the You & Me Mommy Change My Diaper Doll collection at Toys “R” Us, also cries when its underpants are wet — talk about the real thing.
It is not specified on the company’s site or the toy’s box, but the doll is anatomically correct for a male baby (most dolls are made without genitals, as we all know), and this has caused some shoppers and rattled citizens to post concerns on Facebook.
Some parents called the doll inappropriate and unnecessary for kids, while others joked it could be a unique way to conclude a “gender reveal” party. Some users on Facebook just wished the doll’s box came with a warning label.
Writer Monica Beyer of SheKnows.com, however, doesn’t see a problem. “How on earth is it inappropriate for a child to see a naked baby? What about a baby makes a penis or a vulva dirty or sexual?” Beyer writes. “Because that’s what it sounds like when people say that it’s wrong for little girls to see it. The truth is, when a child points out the body part that she doesn’t have, all a parent is required to do is call it by its name.”
Sexologist Dr. Logan Levkoff says banning the word penis is a parenting fail and if we don’t have universal names for body parts, it may be hard for for children to tell their parents when these body parts hurt.
This isn’t the first anatomically correct doll, either. Sites like Momlogic date the first anatomically correct doll back to 1976, with Archie’s Bunker’s Grandson Joey Stivic doll — which is still available on eBay today.
Source: Huffington Post