Desexualizing Dolls to Protect Minors

[Editor’s note: Ask yourself, “Where did the standard of modesty come from? We know and we’re glad it’s catching on. Join us in praying for folks who find aligning themselves with biblical truths for practical reasons will come to know the Creator of those truths.] 

By Kelly Orgill, NCSE Intern

treechangedollsSonja Singh, 34, loves dolls. As a hobby, she visits thrift stores to find disheveled Bratz dolls, sometimes with missing feet. She removes their overly sexualized eyes and lips with nail polish remover and paints on new, more natural looking features. Singh’s mother completes these Tree Change Dolls’ new look by fashioning them with hand-knitted modest clothing and swimsuits.

Even the kids can see there is a difference with these dolls.

In a focus group, one young Australian girl said Tree Change Dolls are “nicer to play with… you can kind of think they are the same age as you.” Other young girls from the group remarked that certain dolls resembled their friends; whereas, traditional Bratz dolls do not resemble real people.

After Singh completed her first round of desexualizing dolls in her home, she posted her creations on Facebook. Immediately, she received requests to purchase the dolls, yet she only had twelve. She did not intend her idea to help desexualize dolls to go viral, but rather hoped to be a source of positive influence.

“I’m not a doll manufacturer, I don’t want to be. But if what I’ve done does influence some of the big toy companies out there and make them rethink the kind of dolls they are putting out on the market, I don’t think that would be a bad thing at all.”

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Raising Maidens of Virtue: A Study of Feminine Loveliness for Mothers and Daughters
Shepherding a Child’s Heart
Growing Up Duggar: It’s All About Relationships

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