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Four Doll Facts:
Four Doll Controversies:
- Made from a variety of materials, dolls with realistic and sometimes not-so-realistic features, are inanimate representations of humans.
- When mass produced as a counterpart to white dolls, Black dolls are usually created in fewer quantities.
- Doll lovers and culturally-conscious parents desire non-stereotypical dark-skinned dolls with ethnically correct features for their collections and for their children, respectively.
- When created as described under the second bulleted fact, Black dolls, do sell.
- To be featured in a future post, Li'l David and Li'l Ruthie (Horsman, 1975), anatomically correct dolls, came with a message to parents on the outside of the box, which read: "This doll has true-to-life features which differentiates little girls from little boys. For those who feel they do not want their children to be aware of these differences, we do not recommend this doll."
- Snacktime Cabbage Patch Kids, (Mattel, 1995). Designed to "chew" plastic food that entered the doll's mouth and exited its backpack, the Snacktime Kids were removed from the market after several reported cases of children getting their hair and fingers caught in the doll's chewing mechanism, which did not have an off switch.
- Happy Family Midge and Baby (Mattel, 2002), a.k.a. "Pregnant Midge," mistaken as an expectant Barbie alarmed parents whose protests forced the doll's removal from store shelves. The doll was actually Barbie's married friend Midge and did later re-enter the market.
- New to the US market, Bebe Gloton, a.k.a. the breastfeeding doll, by Berjuan is making waves in the US from the United Kingdom. This toy includes a "fake breast" halter to be worn by the child, and a mechanical infant that mimics the act of breastfeeding when it latches onto the halter. Emotions and opinions are mixed. Some view Bebe Gloton as an innocent toy while others argue against the ability for little ones to imagine themselves lactating mothers using the halter and the suckling infant doll.
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