Is it alright for young boys to play dolls?

Philippines
February 21, 2009 7:48am CST
If you see/have seen your young boy playing dolls and other girl toys, how will/did you react? Do you think it wouldn’t confuse their sense of identity? Will playing dolls make them gays when they grow older? Or is it too young to tell whether or not they have inclinations to become gays? What do you think?
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@Raven7317 (693)
• United States
21 Feb 09
I think it's important for little boys to experience playing with dolls. It shouldn't matter if the doll is meant for a girl - and they DO have dolls for boys, we just don't call them dolls. Doll playing is going to teach a boy the same thing it teaches a girl - how to be gentle, empathetic, caring and selflessness. All qualities that we want our boys to have...It's also great for their imagination... just the other day, my son was holding a bottle of water and he was pretending it was a baby. We were in the car and he says, "hafta go slow mommy, my baby is sleeping." I looked back and he was cradling the bottle and petting it... It was cute. Anyway, also, I don't think playing with dolls, playing cooking, or anything else will MAKE boys gay.
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• Philippines
22 Feb 09
Yeah, It is cute for boys to play with baby dolls. The experience of letting them play dolls is one good way to make them enjoy childhood. Happy mylotting.
@Jae2619 (1484)
• United States
22 Feb 09
Boys playing with dolls is fine. Actually alot of pre schools and day care centers encourage boys to play with dolls from time to time. It will not turn them gay, alot of people assume that, but it won't. I have a 6 year old and he plays with his sisters dolls with her. It gives him a sense of being compassianate, loving and naturing. Boys do have dolls, though they gave those dolls names like "action figures". What is the difference in a boy playing with a bendable army man, than a cute blue eyed doll baby? Nothing, it's just a toy. They learn from being hands on and playing with different toys.
• Philippines
22 Feb 09
I absolutely agree with you. Children of all sexes should be given that chance to play whatever toys they want. Anyway, the choice of what they will become when they get bigger (whether they will become gay or not) will not be affected by the kind of toys they played when they were younger.
• United States
21 Feb 09
We call dolls made for boys "action figures" because we have this stupid stigma about boy's playing with "dolls." Dolls whether baby dolls, barbie dolls or action figures are just toy people. There's no reason boys shouldn't play with them just like they do toy boats, or cars or animals.
• Philippines
22 Feb 09
As I have mentioned, my brother in law played with dolls who he shared with his older sisters. It never affected his sense of identity although it bothered his father a little thinking that he was gay. But he's not. Children need different toys to make their thinking wider.
• United States
21 Feb 09
Nothing is wrong with a boy playing with dolls. it would take someone ignorant to think this makes them gay. People are born gay from birth. You can tell a person is gay around 5 years old. My mother knew my brother way gay when he was 2 years old.
• Philippines
22 Feb 09
Dolls are just toys which they can play. There are people who become gay later in life who played very masculine toys when they were small but become gay when they're grown up. Thanks for responding.
• Philippines
21 Feb 09
you know, it would really depend on the age of your little boy. Let's say he's already in his preschool years already, i think that you should introduce him to toys that are for boys and explain to him what toys are for girls. But for example your boy is just 2 years old, well i think that you should let him explore more with your guidance as a parent of course. My little boy when he was in his toddler years also played some of the girl's toys but now that he's in his 6 years of age, he shifted to toys for the boys already. His interests shifted to cars, tool, construction, and many more. It's really in the parent's guidance that young children learn and understand.
• Philippines
22 Feb 09
You are absolute right. Supervision and guidance of parents is important when a child is growing up especially during his formative years. . . I actually don't have a boy. . . .although I wish I have. . . . Young kids start to explore at the world and it is good for them to know that there are a variety of toys they can play with.
• United States
21 Feb 09
my two younger cousins always played with dolls growing up. they would push the toddler shopping cart around my grams house with their babies in it. they also used barbies with their wwf wrestlers. they are both normal teenage boys now.
• Philippines
22 Feb 09
Hey, my brother in law did also play dolls when he was a kid. he would play his older sisters' dolls but he is not a gay. His father was so anxious then thinking that his only son would become gay but turned out to be a straight guy.
• United States
11 Mar 09
They're just creating stories with their imaginations and if barbies are all they have to play with than by them some male barbies or gi joes or somthing, but there's no guarentee he'll be gay, and even he were you should support him, he's your son.
@suzzy3 (8352)
24 Feb 09
My son and daughter were always playing with each others toys,dressing up and having a wonderful time,no it does not make anyone gay it helps them identify with both sexes and gives them an informed choice,male nurses are not gay are they,woman bus drivers are not gay if they are it has nothing to do with what toys they played with as a child,it is down to chromosomes {bad spelling}some thing in the womb at conception so you could say it is down to the parents that the child is gay or not.Even if they are who cares these days,you make it sound like a disease.I have many gay friends and after a while it makes no difference as they are human to like to go shopping,have their heart broken,ect.I really think you ought to read up on the subject and find out more about it as really I am surprised in this day and age it is still an issue.Both my kids are happily married and have children.some of my friends kids are gay so what!