Transgender Dolls Hit The Market, Sparking Both Controversy And Praise
While awareness of transgender issues has come to the forefront thanks to transgender crusaders, such a Laverne Cox and Caitlyn Jenner, the children’s retail industry has a long way to go. Yet it’s making strides with transgender dolls recently hitting the market.
A picture of a doll in Argentina has sparked both controversy and praise after a surprised mom shared images of it on social media. The doll has shiny auburn hair, a fancy fairy costume, but when you lift up the female doll’s skirt it actually has male genitalia.
Another “transgender doll” sans genitalia preciously hit the market inspired by LGBTQ rights activist, Jazz Jennings. Jennings is also a transgender trailblazer and “one of the youngest transgender spokeswomen ever.” Regarding the design of Jazz’s special doll, CEO of the Tonnner Doll Company, Robert Tonner, told Forbes: “My [gym] trainer says, ‘What makes this a transgender doll if she has no parts? I said it’s about who it represents. It represents a person with an issue that – 20 years ago, you couldn’t have done it. Now it’s opening up conversations and that’s what I like about it.”