Tuesday, February 13, 2018
Playing With Dolls
I did not. Gender roles were sharply defined fifty years ago and my parents battled with me endlessly over my gender. In that effort they banned female toys. I was given a baseball and truck instead.
You may think it is silly or even foolish for an adult to own child's toys but I'm re-claiming the girlhood I never had. It's a healthy impulse. Living female life, to the extent I can, gives me hope. Dolls symbolize female childhood and I want girlish experiences, even if they're late to arrive.
I have two Barbies who were just joined by a Journey Girl. My new doll's name is Meredith. Journey Girls are big (18 inches tall) and similar to American Girls but cost a third of their hefty price. There are eight Journey Girl dolls sold (Toys R Us); they are aimed at girls 6-12 years old. Meredith is said to be "very athletic and outspoken." She's pictured below.
As you can see, Meredith enjoys riding my motorcycle. I need to get her a chic moto-jacket. Meredith is both a feminine fashionista and a badass biker-chick. Like me.
Above right is one of my Barbies whom I call Suzanne 'cause she resembles my BFF in Toronto. Suzanne talks with a lovely Canadian accent and has mad DIY skills.
What was your experience with dolls growing up?