FEMINISM

Playing with Dolls Is Fine

Girly-girls can grow up to be feminists, too

Michelle Teheux
Fourth Wave
Published in
5 min readMay 9, 2024

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I got Tatters for my first Christmas. I slept with her most of my childhood. That’s not her original clothing or shoes, and she no longer talks when you pull her string. The smaller doll was my husband’s. One of the very small number of belongings he brought to the U.S. when he moved here from the Netherlands to marry me was his own childhood doll. (Photo by Michelle Teheux)

When we see a little boy playing with a doll, we smile with approval. He is breaking stereotypes. Oh, he’s going to be a good daddy someday!

Then, when we see a little girl pick up a doll, we frown. Wouldn’t she rather play with the shiny red fire truck? Or kick around the…

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Michelle Teheux
Fourth Wave

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