Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Dolly Diversity

Dolly Diversity

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.

Punk Sindy doll
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 doll
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. 

One World Dolls
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:
What kind of doll would you like to see more of?


  1. Wow, I had no idea that some of these existed which is awful, really! I love the story of the woman removing make-up from the dolls; it's so important the next generation is open to this and learns to understand that everyone is different and we don't need to strive for perfection as it just doesn't exist! Thanks for linking up to #MarvMondays! Kaye xo

    1. I don't think it's awful - it's just that most of them don't get any media attention. They are great though, it just helps to normalise everything by introducing it without making a big deal. x


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