For the last eight years or so I've been collecting dolls. Well, more to the point, I've been collecting 1/6 and 1/12 scale models to sit amongst my collection of miniature things. But once you start trawling doll blogs and websites looking for the perfect candidate, you soon begin to acquire (mostly useless, granted) knowledge on all types of different dolls.
Sindy, trying to shed her 'girl next door' image.
I want my dolls to reflect more than just the standard Barbie section of the world. I want tall dolls and short dolls, chubby dolls and thin dolls, dolls of all different ethnicities, healthy dolls and ill dolls, and dolls with disabilities. Not all of these things are welcomed, not by the doll community, and not be the general public. Fat dolls will encourage children to be obese (apparently), and disabled dolls will only further estrange children with disabilities (supposedly).
Lammily - the doll the blogosphere loves to hate.
Now I have a daughter I'm even more interested in the subject. I want Marianna to have a heterogeneous group of dolls - Fulla and Barbie can be friends, as can Action Man and Jackson Jekyll. I want her to understand that even though people might not look like her, or sound like her, or even believe the same things as her, that doesn't mean they need to be strangers to each other.
I.e. the message of One World Dolls.
Sadly, doll diversity is fairly thin on the ground, for all the efforts of campaigns like #ToyLikeMe which seeks more disability representation. Here are some links to posts on my doll blog covering some of the diversity that is out there:
- Plus sized dolls.
- Dolls with cleft lips / palates.
- Dolls with mobility aids.
- Dolls without hair.
- LGB Dolls.
- Dolls with Down syndrome.
- Pregnant dolls.
What kind of doll would you like to see more of?