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.