WARNING: THIS POST WILL CONTAIN PARTS THAT ARE A BIT "TMI" FOR SOME READERS. VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED.
Guess what? Lammily is taking it a step further with...y'all ready for this? Period party packs!!! Yessiree, this accessory set comes with doll-sized underpants, a booklet on menstruation entitled "Period Party!", a doll-sized period tracker, and what else? Doll-sized sanitary napkins! These, of course, are little stickers that go in the crotch of the doll's undies. Some have wings and some don't, and they're all done up in cutesy little colors and patterns...patterns that REAL sanitary napkins never have! Y'all think I'm playing? I kid you not. Today and People have both run stories online about this.
Online response to this has been mixed, with some lauding the idea and others decrying it. I personally think this is going too far. Yeah, menstruation is a natural, normal thing for girls and women...so why make a big deal about it??? If people make something out to be a big deal, kids are going to think it IS a big deal, and they're going to get more nervous about it, not less. That goes for menstruation or any other big change that occurs in a child's life. Yes, it IS important to teach girls about what goes on in their bodies as they grow out of the "little girl" stage, but again, that's supposed to be the job of us adults. Mom, Dad, Auntie, the school nurse, the P.E. teacher, ANYONE!!! We're supposed to do the job of educating kids about their bodies, not some hunk of plastic with funny little stickers. The book that comes with the set is a step in the right direction; body books like that are usually interesting and educational, and sometimes they're even funny. I wish Mr. Lamm had just stuck with the book and let that be that...or he could've just left the idea alone. There are plenty of other body books in this world, after all; my sister and I both liked "The Care and Keeping of You," which American Girl released in the mid-nineties. "The Care and Keeping of You" discussed EVERYTHING, not just menstruation, but tips on eating habits, acne, breast development, hygiene, and just about anything else that a pubescent girl could want to know about. If that's not your cup of tea, Amazon has plenty of other options. Just type in "body book for..." and type in the age group or gender that you want. Sorry, progressives...gender neutrality won't work this time!
In short, the book that Lammily produced is along the lines of something I'd expect for kids. Even stubborn readers will read something like that if they're not getting their curiosity satisfied elsewhere. But a doll that actually gets her period? That seems a bit sophomoric to me, like something you might get a girl as a not-very-nice gag gift. I hope that in the future Lammily will stick to cellulite and zit stickers, because for me, this is entirely too much.