I was watching a news clip where four newscasters were discussing the new anatomically correct baby boy doll that just went on the market. The newscasters were three men and one women and one of the men mentioned that the baby boy doll had a penis. The female newscaster was mortified and told them not to discuss it.
She said that in her family nothing important was ever discussed and that we shouldn’t talk about things like that; she said that if we don’t talk about it, it will go away.
But “things” don’t go away. They may go undercover, but they don’t go away. This newscaster’s attitude surprised me. How did she ever get a job like that if she can’t discuss unpleasant or embarrassing news? We’re living in a world where we are constantly exposed to the seamy side of life and everything is up for discussion, and everyone has an opinion about everything.
While dolls have always had an absence of genitalia in their diapers, this anatomically correct baby boy doll’s penis should not be causing such a ruckus, especially since no one has ever said a word about Barbie’s silicon enhanced breasts.
Some people want Toys R Us to take the doll off the shelves and some are asking for warning labels to be put on the box so that consumers won’t find any surprises when they open the box.
So far, nothing has been said about families that have both boys and girls and how it’s practically impossible for them not to have seen a naked baby boy when he’s taking a bath or having his diaper changed.
We’re living in the 21st century, not the first part of the 20th century, and our children are exposed to more unfiltered information than ever before. Children hear things at home and they repeat those things to their friends, and it starts as early as when they learn to talk.
Taking an anatomically correct baby boy doll off the shelves is not going to stop little kids from seeing the real thing and to ask questions. If parents treated this as a natural experience and not tried to cover it up like it was something to be ashamed of or taboo, maybe kids would grow up with a healthy attitude toward their bodies and toward sex.