I faked a smile and as she looked at me with my two cumbersome Monster High and Barbie doll boxes in my arms, she asked " Are those for your daughter?". I couldn't resist. I said
"Actually Miss, they're for me. I love dolls." She gave me a bewildered look, I gave her a big kool-aid grin. And she hurried off, presumably to the boy toy aisle.
|The Latest Doll Craze Monster High By Mattel|
Thanks to a very liberal minded Mother, I was never under the impression that toys were restricted to gender. Before I knew I loved men, I loved Barbie. By restricting a toy targeted for boys or girls to that gender, parents can often negate a child's creative process. The aspiration to be a fashion designer, construction worker, or engineer is almost always played out by children with toys. To cheat a child out of his or her creative expression because the idea that boys who play with dolls will be gay, or girls who play with trucks will be lesbians is a sad idea that unfortunately continues today.
|Hot Wheels By Mattel|
Barbie doesn't make your son gay. Trucks don't make your daughter a lesbian.
This little blog could transform into so much more, but for the sake of brevity I will say that I've experienced so much as a gay, black male doll collector. Maybe those stories will find their way into my memoirs.