Barbie Put a Boy in an Ad & People Lost It

Tue, 11/24/2015 - 11:43
Submitted by Carlin Ross

Moschino has collaborated with Barbie to put out a branded "Moschino" doll.  They featured a little boy with two little girls in their ad and people lost their shit. 

God forbid a boy plays with a doll his dick might fall off, or better yet he may end up respecting women.  This is so ridiculous but, as a new parent, I already feel the pressure to raise a masculine boy.  Fear, hate those are easy to instill.  Love, open-mindedness are a bit harder. 

Here's the commercial:

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Argh, parents.

Wed, 11/25/2015 - 08:52

Argh, parents.

Parenting Stereotypes

Sun, 11/29/2015 - 14:10

Gestal'thiano

It's so easy to blame parents. It's true that some of us are just rubbish at the job, but each of us in our own way is doing the best we can.

We tell ourselves that all we want is for our children to be happy but our overwhelming need, our parental instinct is to keep them safe. Happy and safe are not the same thing - we find ourselves pulled in different directions.

Intellectually we know that the best thing that we can do is to encourage our children to be themselves, to be happy in their own skins. Emotionally we also know that the minute that our children step outside of the stereotype, their lives will get harder.

This might be especially true for the mothers of boys.

My daughters lose almost nothing of value by stepping outside of the stereotypes.

If I'd had sons rather than daughters, I might have felt a little more conflicted. If my son stepped outside of the stereotype, it might feel like he was giving up privileges, losing status. That might be a great thing for society, and a dreadful risk for him personally.

There is a tremendous pressure on the parents of little boys to make them conform to the gender stereotypes we all live within. It's difficult to push back even when it's just a doll. When someone else does push back, even just a little, we can choose to either take comfort or to see it as a challenge to our own parenting choices.

carlin is right : Raising gentle, loving sons is hard work, especially in the face of a world that insists otherwise.

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