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01/06/2006

Update: Gender identity and the genitalia-less doll

by Jeremy Hooper

  Following up on their recent criticism of Barbie's website for giving children three options, “I’m a girl,” “I’m a boy,” or “I don’t know,” when choosing their gender, the Concerned Women for America are now reporting that the third option has been changed to “I don’t want to say.” However, head lass Robert Knight is stilll not happy with the change, saying today in one of his lil' audio chats, "...it still puts in the minds of children that this is something that's obscure, or maybe there's some doubt as to their gender identity."

To which we say, "Uhm, yea -- maybe there is some doubt about their gender identity. Maybe they just really don't know. But come one on, kookies -- no little one is gonna head to the site perfectly content with their privates and then be inspired by the options to seek a Fisher Price "My First Sexual Reassignment Surgery" kit. If they -- at age 4, 5, or 9 -- are thinking about such a thing, then the thought was there to begin with. Just glossing over this fact and continuing to act as if such questioning of one's gender identity or sexuality is a "choice" is the true problem here. We're not gonna take the easy Tiny-winky/Spongebob route of automatically making fun of this situation based on the kid-like nature of the subject matter; we're gonna instead take the easy route of making fun of this situation based on the ridiculous way you guys on the "pro-family" team continue to so glaringly miss the point. Some people are gay. Some people's gender identity doesn't match their body. Your strategy of just making them feel shitty because of these facts is the true problem we should all be addressing."

(writer kicks soapbox out of way before continuing..)

So far Knight has yet to mention the potential confusion children might face upon discovering that he, a fella, is the spokesperson for an organization called Concerned Women for America, though the irony continues to make us chuckle mercilessly.

Mattel Changes Barbie Poll [CWFA]

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