COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) – New dolls are hitting the shelves that give kids more options other than the typical hyper-feminine barbie. Mattel launched a line of dolls called “creatable world”. Its a new gender neutral doll. Some said they arent necessary. However members of the LGBTQIA community say they wish the dolls were around during their childhoods.
You can make the dolls whatever you want them to be. Short hair or long hair, Mattel is giving kids more options with its new line of neutral gender dolls. Briden Schueren loves the new dolls. He a man who’s trans, and recalls his life as a child.
“It is exciting to know that the world is finally going to a direction to help the younger generation to feel like they can fully be themselves,” said Schueren.
The dolls are a far cry from the long pink ball gowns Barbie with Blonde shinny hair Schueren used to play with as a child. The 31 year old says the gender neutral dolls would have helped him not be so body conscience as a child.
“My experience with Barbies was chopping off all their hair . I didn’t get a really great connection with Barbies because it was not something I could see myself looking at or looking like,” said Schueren.
He says he didnt identify with G.I Joe’s either. A delima he says some kids still battle with today. All who are not in support of the dolls. They felt the dolls will only confuse children. Barbie enthusiast Ryan Richmond also heard these arguments in person and on social media.
“I think a lot of the issues I have wit adults who have problems with this and say I’m never buying this for my kid. That’s fine but they don’t see it as something threatening. They see it as a toy. A toy size representation of who they are in the moment. And if you take that away from them they have a far more limited of resources to explore that,” said Richmond.