Is it okay for boys to play barbies?

@Fulltank (2896)
Philippines
November 13, 2009 10:12pm CST
My eldest child (a girl) had lots of barbie dolls in her toy collections. The next two children however are boys. I never let my first boy played with barbies. By my second son happily played with a doll till he was about 4, and then started to feel that was "girl" stuff and never played with it again. We never forced it on him. Is it okay for boys be given barbies to play with?
5 responses
@bounce58 (17524)
• Canada
14 Nov 09
I guess it's ok if you don't consider barbies as dolls. The only reason you or society has apprehensions on letting little boys play with these toys is because we always consider barbies as dolls. But, as one great marketing executive coined, these toys are supposed to be called action figures! It just so happen that these action figures are girls, sexy but anatomically incorrect girls.
@bounce58 (17524)
• Canada
30 Nov 09
Thanks for the BR!
@jugsjugs (13045)
14 Nov 09
I think that it is alright for a boy to play with girls toys.If you think about it an action man or other doll figures that go with boys toys are only dolls as well.My sons used to play with my daughters doll as well as my daughters played with action man figures.My friends son plays with his sisters push chairs.
• United States
14 Nov 09
I would think it would be fine to let him play. My brother, who is now 32, loved to play with sisters and I when we had our dolls and barbies out. He is now a fireman, CNA, husband and father of 2 girls. There is NOTHING odd about him. Would you let your daughter play with "boy" toys??
@morsh8888 (635)
• Indonesia
14 Nov 09
I totally think boys should be given the option to play with dolls, but barbies??? I would not recommend Barbies for either boys or girls. Many other dolls are a lot more huggable, dressable, and reinforce fewer body stereotypes. My friend's son happily played with a doll till he was about 6, and then started to feel that was "girl" stuff, I think it similar to yours. She never forced it on him, just made sure he actually had a doll. The doll gave him a great way to develop his nurturing and caring qualities.
@dodyast3 (1518)
• Indonesia
14 Nov 09
There is no study have been done whether any changes on boy's behavior if they are playing with barbie or dolls. So it is hard to say whether it is ok if the boy is playing with barbie. But it is better not to expose the barbie too much on him, just in case, it can change his behavior when he is older. However, I am very sure that psychology of the child has been built since he was a baby. If nothing wrong with him, then he will grow just fine.