Doll’s Genitals Has People up in Arms
Males have penises.
Males have testicles.
Any surprises there?
So why is it so shocking to some that a male doll has male genitalia? Any run-of-the-mill doll would have fingers, ears, and arms. Why? Because all baby boys have those things. If you omit any of these necessary features from the design of a doll, it would be seen as an incomplete doll. I would say that if the penis wasn't included on a boy doll, then it could be seen as an incomplete doll. In fact, I would go as far as to say that the penis is more important than fingers, than ears, or than arms. People can function without all three of those things, but without a penis, you're toast. (Well, if you're a male, that is.)
So, again, I pose the question: Why are people all up in arms about a perfectly normal body feature? No, they are definitely not the prettiest things on earth, but acting like they don't exist or that they're too dirty to include on a children's toy is absurd.
Censoring something that is completely normal within the proper context will create a discomfort and unnecessary curiosity about a fact of life. On the same token, calling a penis anything other than “penis” will make it so it's actual name is taboo or dirty.
I'll admit it. In the past, I'd much rather call a penis something not so … scientific, but that's because I was raised to think that it was dirty and inappropriate. Now, in my, ahem, refined state of mind, I acknowledge that it is what it is, so I call it what it is.
And what better way to introduce children to the non-tabooness of anatomy than to include it on their toys? Take a look at the doll again: Explain to me, or anyone, for that matter, how that is sexual or pornographic in any way?
For those concerned, why not use this as a chance to teach your kids how things are? If kids are weirded out by it, which, they probably will be based on the anatomy of most dolls, let them know that it's completely normal. And that's quite possibly going to be the end of it.
What do you think? Is the addition of genitals on a doll completely unnecessary, or is it perfectly OK with you?