Baby’s First Baby: Not what you think

Some time ago I came across this monstrosity of a toy – obviously from China, and rating about 9.85 on the “what the hqiz?” scale:

This is real. It’s not  a Photoshop. And I wonder what kind of mushrooms they’re selling at the Chinese markets these days.

Today I stumbled across a similar offering and immediately despaired of humanity.

The good news is, this isn’t real – but rather a work of art with a message, by artist Darren Cullen.

Cullen says over at his blog,

“It seems like the majority of commentators have misunderstood my intentions however and decided I’m making a comment on reality tv shows exploiting teen pregnancies. I’m not. It’s about the way these toys intrinsically train girls to have and care for children while they are still only children themselves. If you look in any toy catalogue the girls section is wall-to-wall babies and prams, make-up kits, kitchen sets and hoovers. We complain that children are growing up too quick, getting pregnant too early, when the only toys we give them teach kids to act like adults and prepare to have babies. It’s goes without saying that teaching young girls that these are the type of things which adult women should and do concern themselves with is also a very narrow definition of womanhood.”

This is a message I can get behind.

The Old Wolf has spoken.

One response to “Baby’s First Baby: Not what you think

  1. I have no problem with preparing girls to be mothers while they are still babies themselves—as long as we prepare boys to be fathers, too. What’s more important than raising the next generation? And nobody is saying that kids who play with dolls have only that kind of toy. My older grandkids (a boy of 3 yrs and a girl of 20 mos) have baby dolls that they carry around, diaper, pretend to nurse, etc.—but they also have books, duplos (little-kid legos), and lots of other toys.

    I do have a problem with sexualizing little girls by putting them only in clothes that are unsuited to dirty play, only in pink, etc. And I am equally irritated about putting boys only in rough tough clothing and roles.

    btw, I had a ton of Barbies when I was in second grade and older. I loved them! They never made me think I had to dress or look a certain way, though. I think my mother counteracted that by pointing out that Barbie’s figure was about 40-22-32 or something. She did the math. Yay for her!

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