Thursday, October 19, 2017

First Transgender Doll

We have been on roller coaster ride these past months with mostly bad news. Uninformed bigots want to deny us basic privacy rights. The presidential tweets of non military acceptance, and the rescinding of protections for transgender students. These all hit home.  When a positive note occurs, I am the first to smile.

Young people are the the most open. Prejudices have not been ingrained yet. They are open to questioning and when being transgender is presented, natural curiosity occurs as in this video. Bless the young!

A New York doll company has unveiled a transgender doll, the first of its kind, modeled after advocate Jazz Jennings. We are fortunate to have such a positive teen role model. Jennings, 16, has identified as female since she was a toddler. She celebrated the creation of the doll before Tonner Doll Company unveiled a prototype last week at the Toy Fair in New York City.

What she said at the unveiling:

I hope that it can place transgender people in a positive light by showing that we are just like all other people,” Jennings wrote in an Instagram post on Feb. 10. “For those asking: the doll is considered to be the first ‘transgender’ doll because it’s based on an individual who is trans. Of course it is still just a regular girl doll because that’s exactly what I am: a regular girl!

The Jennings-inspired doll — which arrives as more toy makers are moving to embrace gender inclusivity — will be rolled out in a limited-edition run this spring or summer, the New York Times reported. Different versions are expected to cost between $89.99 and $100

To match the outfit that Jazz Jennings wears on the cover of her second book, the doll will be wearing a pink top and jean shorts. Credit Tonner Doll Company Inc.


I have a question - Anyone play with dolls as a child?  I had a doll house with furniture and a table that all my dolls sat around. I had a tea set and would stage elaborate tea parties with plates, cups and my grandmother baked cookies. This was before Barbie so do not remember dressing my dolls up, however remember more than once playing with them in strollers and talking then out for a ride. Maybe this was an "only child" thing so had no one to tell me I was being stupid. Funny how I look back now with fond memories.       


  1. It's interesting that your parents would buy a dollhouse and dolls for you in the first place. My parents would buy things like punching bags and boxing gloves for me, in their attempts to butch up their not-so-masculine son. I did get a Robin Hood Castle one year for Christmas, and the Maid Marion figurine was the closest thing I had to a doll. I did take every opportunity to play with the neighbor girls' dolls, however, and usually as secretly as possible.

  2. Hi Rhonda. I played with dolls with my sister, but everything belonged to her.


  3. I knew from an very early age who I was and that I had to stay hidden until I had worked everything out. Clearly child to adult is like caterpillar to butterfly and they were just a bit confused about me. I played with my teddy bears and my baby sitter taught me how to knit clothes for them...

  4. Its a doll... for Christ sake stop jumping on this band wagon about labelling people. You are a male or a female... boy/girl... man/women he/she!! its funny how no one wants to be labelled but people are labelling themselves. Get over it. let children play with what they want to without labelling... its pathetic