http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,537261,00.html - Controversial Doll Lets Little Girls Pretend to Breastfeed
I received this link from a friend, and had I not been meditating the last couple of days I'd surely be consumed with rage and disgust at learning a Latino toy maker is making a doll teaching toddlers how to breastfeed.
Is this a prank???
Will we ever stop perpetuating such stereotypes?
This hits close to home because not only am I a Hispanic woman constantly having to deal with the Maria complex most people outside my race have of me, but also because even with my own family I am constantly being pressured to conform to old stories that didn't work for my parents but are supposed to now somehow work for me.. I don’t think so~
When everyone was getting pregnant I was leaving the "perfect” (oppressive) Dominican partner after an eight-year relationship. To have at least 20 cousins, many of which are younger than I, and be the only one without a kid can be somewhat alienating, and now this? Just what the Latino community needs, another tool to persuade my nieces into believing that it is only by procreating that one can prove to be a real woman, whether you can actually afford it or not never seems to be an important issue. I think about Jose Abalos’ book The Latino Male: A Radical Redefinition, where he tells the story of emanation that doesn’t serve us as individuals or a community... like this...
This is not who we are.