In this episode of The Lab, Daddy Clay and Daddy Brad ponder the role of dolls in the lives of their daughters. These toys are a common gift for girls and it won't be long before your daughter has a collection of them.
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Brad: What in the hell has happened to dolls? Clay: Our recent trips to the toy store have left us a little concerned. Now we’ve seen some dolls that we like or try to pick out as holiday gifts or birthday presents. But frankly as fathers, we also have seen some dolls that, well, scare the crap out of us. Brad: In this segment, we’re going to concentrate on those dolls that we like, the ones that we feel good about our daughter’s playing with. Then we’ll move on to the ones that makes us a little more nervous. Clay: Now, even before you have the first doll in the house, you got a decision to make. Do you want your children to play with dolls or not? Brad: Why no dolls? Clay: Well, I mean, some people might feel like it enforces gender stereotypes. You know, you don’t want your daughter first thing dress her in pink and you know hand her a baby doll, here you go. Here’s your role in society, honey, you know, get to work. Brad: Yeah, but you know, if you ban dolls, what you get as your daughter squad ling in a model pickup truck at Melissa. Clay: Well, we don’t want to get into a nature versus nurture gender stereotype gender role conversation here. So, let’s move on. Let’s just assume that we’ll going to have baby dolls in the house. I do remember we decided to get baby birth for my daughter, and we bought one, and we put in a basket and I left it alone and I came back a couple of years later and they were twenty. So you need to be careful because baby dolls are like trebles, they just explode, they’re all over the place. Brad: How about for boys? What do you think? Boys and dolls? Clay: Sure, why not? How about for you? Brad: Yeah, I’m okay with guys and dolls. But I will tell you, one thing. Clay: The musical, or is it? Brad: Boys and dolls, fine. Be in the lookout for this. My mom, conservative older lady, went to buy a doll for my son. Went to the store, pick one out, I think the doll’s name is Paul, take it to the front, they said Ma’am, you may want to consider another doll. No, no, I like Paul. There were some snickers. Ma’am you may really want to consider another doll. I think your son would like another doll for his son. No, no, no, no, no, I like Paul. They said, Ma’am, Paul is anatomically correct. They’ve got penis dolls now. Clay: Maybe his name should have been Peter. Richard. I thought you had to have like a prescription or be a therapist or something to have an anatomically correct doll. Brad: Very much, very much. Clay: Those were on the market? Brad: If you want a penis doll, you can get one. Clay: Did you see it? Brad: Yeah, it’s kind of funny. Clay: I’m bad. Okay, well you want to watch out if you want to buy a doll for your daughter, you probably don’t want the anatomically correct one, you probably just going to want a standard baby doll, you know, just like this, with the little head. Because what they’re going to do is they going to carry it around, they’re going to put it in a stroller, you know, like one of those grocery cart, they will push it around. And, and basically if your parents come in to town for dinner, then your daughter will of course take the baby doll and she’ll breastfeed effect. So be ready for that. Brad: You know there’s one characteristic that all of these dolls share. Clay: What's that? Brad: They’re bald. Some of them look more like Uncle Fester to me, Chucky or something. There’s some dolls that are squishy and huggable, like those. And then there’s the hard plastic ones, this you can leave out in the rain, then mess them up. And then there’s some other dolls over there. Clay: Well, you know, looking around, I think that most dolls are actually really creepy, I think. They created the eyes that open and close, that freaks me out. And if you could explain to me this Playstation 3 commercial, is how with the baby crying and I think you going to be 15 and maybe Japanese to understand that. If you understand that, please, write in and explain it to me because I don’t get it. Bra

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