Danielle Bean, a wife and mother of eight, is editorial director of Faith & Family magazine and author of My Cup of Tea, Mom to Mom, Day to Day, and most recently Small Steps for Catholic Moms. Read more of her blogging at Faith & Family Live and DanielleBean.com.
It would appear that plastic baby dolls are now considered “inappropriate” materials for children.
A Virginia elementary school principal and teacher have been suspended after the teacher was “caught” handing out 4-inch, plastic, life-like, unborn baby dolls to her students:
Some parents were shocked to learn that their children had been given such life-like forms of a fetus, and Board of Education members are mystified as to why this would have been permitted.
“It is hard to imagine that we would have an employee who believes it would be appropriate to share plastic fetus dolls with students in one of our schools,” School Board Chairman Stephen Tonelson told the Virginian-Pilot.
Board member Kirk Houston Sr. called the doll “a pro-life tool.”
“To be quite honest, that is so incredible to me, that a staff member would do something so ... entirely inappropriate and unacceptable,” He said. All the board members “were all pretty dumbfounded.”
How about instead of calling it a frightening “pro-life tool” we call this little doll what it is? Reality. Truth. Information. Education. And (dare I say it?) just plain cute.
Seriously, I am baffled as to what people are afraid of with these tiny dolls.
You want to be afraid of dolls? How about you try being afraid of Bratz Dolls? That might make some kind of sense. I’m willing to bet, however, that many of the parents who are hyperventilating over the plastic baby dolls would not have the same reaction to Bratz dolls. Overtly sexual and immodest pre-teen girls dolls are all too commonly considered appropriate “sex education.”
We avoid Bratz dolls in our house, but I’m not afraid of my kids playing with realistic unborn baby dolls. I’m not afraid of babies. I’m not afraid of the truth. I’m just backwards like that.