Each year, Erik's company throws a Christmas party especially for the children. The parents "register" their children in advance. This way Santa knows how many presents to buy. The girls usually receive a doll, while the boys receive some sort of truck or action figure. (For example, this year Luke got a set of fake tools.) Our friend was disgusted by their "sexist" toy selections, so he demanded that his daughter get a boy's toy. Okay, fine, I can understand that. However, he did not demand that his son receive a girl's toy. I found that to be very interesting... and a double standard.
Why is it acceptable for girls to play with trucks, cars, fake tools, i.e., pretty much anything, but when a boy picks up a doll, everyone laughs? I have never bought dolls for my boys, but last week I caught Charlie in his room, doing this -
He was "changing the diaper" of this tiny little Fisher Price person. (I apologize for the blurriness, but I had to take it fast.) Poor Charlie. We won't buy him a doll, so he has resorted to taking care of this 3 inch nub with a face on it.
I felt bad for Charlie. Then, I had an epiphany. Charlie needs a My Buddy doll!
That was the only doll I could think of that was specifically marketed to boys. So, I did a few internet searches and it turns out they don't make My Buddy dolls anymore because as everyone knows, most boys don't play with dolls, duh. So, now they are a collectible. Sorry, Charlie, I won't be paying for you to drag a $50 doll through the mud. I am totally out of the toy loop, are there any dolls for boys these days? Preferably ones I can buy at the Dollar Store? I don't mean action figures or transformers, but actual dolls. I can't think of any. Or should I pretend this never happened and not indulge my little boy's strange inclination to nurture?