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This doll is pregnant

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When is a doll not just a doll any more? Perhaps it's when the doll becomes "pregnant" and delivers a doll baby, and is then instantly thin again. In this 1993 CBC-TV clip from Cityscapes a group of fourth grade girls closely examine a model called Mommy's Having A Baby while experts debate the merits of the pretend mother-to-be. Janet Maher of the Women's Action Coalition isn't impressed. "I think there's some point in having something that's realistic, but this one fails," she says.

Medium: Television
Program: Cityscapes
Broadcast Date: Nov. 18, 1993
Guest(s): Derrick Dekerckhove, Janet Maher
Reporter: Beth Harrington
Duration: 2:48
"Mommy's Having a Baby" doll by Tyco, a division of Mattel

Did You know?


• Mommy's Having A Baby was produced by Tyco and released in 1992. It had blonde hair and came in a maternity dress with multi-coloured hearts on it. Mommy's pregnant tummy was parts of the dress, and when you lifted it, you would find a Velcro pouch that held her baby. Whenever you decided she had her baby, you could take off her maternity dress to reveal a slim body in a pink skirt and a top that matches the dress.

 

 • In 2002 Mattel produced a doll in the Barbie line that could get pregnant, with a detachable magnetic stomach that allows easy "delivery" of her baby. The doll was actually Barbie's old friend Midge Hadley, who first appeared in 1963 to dispel the notion that Barbie was a sex symbol. She had been created with a fuller, gentler face than Barbie though her body proportions were the same as Barbie's and they both stood 292 mm (11 ½ inches) tall.  Midge had two babies with husband Allan Sherwood, a boy named Ryan and a girl named Nikki. The 2002 doll was sold with Midge pregnant with Nikki. (Allan and Ryan were sold separately.) According to a report in USA Today, a spokesperson for Wal-Mart said the pregnant Midge dolls were pulled from all stores across the US following complaints from customers. Although she wore a wedding ring, customers were quoted as saying they believed the doll promoted teenage pregnancy.

 


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