Speaking of rethinking normal. The Lammily doll, aka the ‘Normal Barbie’ due to her more realistic proportions, now comes with her period! The menstrual cycle, as we know, comes included with almost every human girl’s body so why not have it be a normal part of her doll’s body, too? (Or his doll…boys play with dolls, too.)
“It’s just what happens in real life,” the doll’s creator, Nickolay Lamm told TIME. “We wanted to put it on the doll so it’s not a scary thing.”
This. is awesome.
The Lammily doll ($25) which already on the market will soon come with the Period Party kit extension pack (sold for $10) that includes a pair of doll underwear, 19 colored pads (reusable, we can only assume!*), a period calendar and stickers to track periods, plus an educational pamphlet with info about what to expect from a menstrual cycle.
“If a doll has pads, how can [menstruation] be taboo?” Lamm said, explaining the intention behind adding the kit. “Periods are such an integral part of a woman’s life, just a healthy part of it. It shouldn’t have to be swept under the rug.”
Thank you! *hugs*
Lamm also took the opportunity to respond to Donald Trump’s infamous “blood coming out of…her wherever” comment, which created a crimson tsunami of internet backlash:
“I don’t want to make this a whole political project or anything, but I think when [Trump] said that it was just an example of the overall culture where menstruation is very taboo, and not only taboo, but some people use it as an insult,” Lamm told TIME.
Despite our best efforts, there are still too many stigmas and taboos surrounding the menstrual cycle, and, unfortunately we learn them at a young age, and often times before we even learn what having a period actually means. We’re happy to hear there’s a more “fun way to explain the menstrual cycle to kids” because sweet heaven knows it’s not 5th grade health class. The doll also helps parents broach the subject with an automatic conversation starter – a launchpad, if you will. ahem. (Though maybe skip the rapping, rents?)
If there’s a camp who believes learning about periods the earlier the better is the way to go, then pitch us a tent! We’ll get the s’mores going.
The Lammily doll, which debuted in 2014 after a successful crowdfunding campaign, already comes with other sticker-extension packs for things that are not ‘normally’ seen on dolls, but ARE seen on normal (non-doll) people like freckles, acne, cellulite, stretch marks and scars.
“I wanted to show that reality is cool,” Lamm said in an interview.
This really cool doll will be able to get her really cool period in November when the Period Party kits become available for purchase.
[Ed note: being a huge cycledork even in my younger days, I know I would have totally LOVED this doll.]
*The Lammily doll does not actually bleed, but that could also present an opportunity for parents to get creative and help to further educate their daughters, AND sons. The more we talk about it, the more normal it becomes and the taboo-ness of it all starts to fade away. THEN we can talk about how the entire cycle is something special, not just when we bleed.