A while back I wrote a post asking why all the Barbie dolls were naked. Some people liked it—some didn’t. Well, today I want to ask another question in relation to children’s toys.
My granddaughter loves LOL Dolls. They come in these ball-shaped containers that the kids have to unwrap and then open several individual packages inside the ball. Inside of the individually wrapped packages are the doll’s clothing and accessories as well as the doll itself.
She received several of these for Christmas. We thought they were cute for the most part. But then we noticed something, um, er, “different” on these little dolls!
Read on to see what we discovered!
Not all dolls are created equal
We hadn’t really looked over the dolls carefully. We are usually much more diligent in looking at her toys, videos and the like BEFORE we let her play with or watch them.
But these LOL dolls were so cute and tiny and unimposing—if not a little freakish (some of them anyway)—so we didn’t give them much thought.
Imagine our surprise when, as usual, our granddaughter had her LOL’s laying on the table naked and we saw this:
Yep. You are seeing this correctly. The little boy doll has the whole “thing” down there! The penis is the hollowed out area that protrudes from the dolls body. My granddaughter informed us that this is so they can “pee.” Apparently, some dolls are “spitters” and some are “pee-ers!”
It was the testicles that really threw us off, though.
Don’t get me wrong, I think we should teach the children in our lives about the differences between boys and girls, but seriously, as an “old-fashioned” grandma in a “new-age” world, I was shocked to see this. I was perplexed.
Did my six-year old granddaughter really need to see little “boy balls?”
I did my best to explain this physical difference between boys and girls. But in my mind I could just hear my granddaughter going to her school—she attends a private Catholic school—and telling her teachers and friends all about her new little boy-toy complete with balls!
By the way, the girl doll just has a flat area with a hollowed out area in case she is a “pee-er!”
We didn’t have toys like this when I was growing up!
We sure didn’t have toys like this when I was a kid. We had to use our imagination to know what Barbie and Ken had going on “down there!” Sure, Barbie had breasts, but if we wanted to know anything else about anatomy, we needed to sneak out the encyclopedia and get educated!
We had dolls that wet and drank and talked. I remember the only doll I had that I really liked was my “Drowsy Doll.” My sister had tons of Barbies and my brother had trucks and farm equipment. We had board games like “Monopoly” and “Life.”
But the one thing I am quite certain we did not have were anatomically correct dolls!
Raising Grandkids who are Curious
My granddaughter is very curious. That is one of the things that we really love about her. Sometimes her curiosity gets her into a little trouble, but most of the time, she just wants to know things and we like to help her “safely” learn about things. When a toy surprises us like this, we have to take a moment and think of how to approach this in a way that will educate her, but also keep her “safe” from the myriad of garbage that is out there in the world.
When we can’t depend on toy companies to at least “warn” us about these details on their toys, it makes it difficult to help keep our kids safe—physically, emotionally and spiritually.
At age six, my granddaughter is ready to learn about the differences between boys and girls, but I know a lot of much younger children are playing with these toys, too. They may not be ready.
See for yourself!
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Karin Nauber, “G.G.” is a professional journalist who has worked in the newspaper business for the past 27 years. She is also a grandmother who, along with her spouse, is raising one of their granddaughters. G.G. has nine grandchildren with whom she enjoys spending as much time as possible. She began this website with the hope of helping other grandparents who may be struggling with their role as parent/grandparents. If you would like to contact her, please do so at: firstname.lastname@example.org.