Transgender doll inspired by teen sparks conversation, debate

NEW YORK, NY – FEBRUARY 09: Activist Jazz Jennings attends the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women Red Dress Collection 2017 presented by Macy’s at Fashion Week in New York City at Hammerstein Ballroom on February 9, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images for AHA)

This week, Tonner Doll Company unveiled its much talked about play doll inspired by Jazz Jennings, the transgender star of TLC’s docuseries “I am Jazz.”

The 18-inch doll was designed by Robert Tonner who is known for creating high fashion dolls as well as dolls based on popular characters and real people in popular culture. The doll was available for a first look at the American International Toy Fair in New York City this past weekend.

Image: Tonner Doll company via Facebook

Image: Tonner Doll Company via Facebook

“Jazz stands for everything I respect from a human nature point of view-she’s incredibly brave, intelligent, warm-hearted and creative,”  said Tonner earlier this month.

Jennings, 16, first appeared on 20/20 at age 6 telling viewers that she had the mind of a girl and the body of a boy. She has since gained fame as a speaker, blogger and advocate of GLAAD and with her family, she has taken on the mission of educating the masses and teaching tolerance for transkids everywhere.

On social media, some people came out in support of a doll that reflects all people while others expressed concern that labeling a doll as a transgender runs counter to the message of acceptance. It all added up to some interesting commentary about what it means to be transgender and the state of American society.

 

Jennings said she see the doll as just a normal doll. “I consider myself to just be a normal, teenage girl so…the doll is just a normal girl doll,” Jennings told the New York Times.

The doll is expected to sell for about  $99 and will be available in specialty stores and on www.tonnerdoll.com in July.

 

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FoodismForever
FoodismForever

If you've ever been lucky enough to get close to a transperson, you begin to understand why their feelings of "other-ness" are so obstructive to their emotional development. This doll might help transkids to sort through some of that. Until society fully embraces the fact that people don't fit neatly into boxes, we need these tiny steps.


bills68
bills68

not " the talk of anyone's town" except the fantasy one you newspsper libs live in

lakedog
lakedog

Truly our society has lost its collective mind.

cswayt
cswayt

You can't change a person's DNA--"Trans" is superficial

CraiginSmyrna
CraiginSmyrna

Total BS that the left wants little kids to have to deal with the newly confusing subject of "transgenderism". Kids have enough crap to deal with. In spite of what people are saying, gender is not something you can just choose based on your feelings. Children do not have the emotional maturity to deal with those kinds of decisions. 95% of kids who may experience gender confusion in high school eventually stick with their birth sex. This subject should not be on the minds of little kids. Let them be kids.