Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Expanding toy options for American boys: Where are the boy dolls?

Some thoughts on a recent article entitled “Where Are the American Boy Dolls?” found at The New York Times.

Dolls have historically been a training toy for young girls, based on the assumption that girls grow up to be the ones who are responsible for child-care, and that they have a natural, intuitive and intrinsic interest in babies and dolls. The corollary assumption of course, resting on the binary gender system and division of gender roles, is that boys enjoy playing with trucks, construction toys and sports – related toys, and that if they show an interest in dolls, it might be cause for concern.

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