The world’s first

You’ve seen the first ever trans doll, no doubt – it’s been in the news for awhile. The BBC has an explainer.

A new toy billed as the world’s “first transgender doll” has created a buzz on social media.

Thousands of tweets about the product unveiled by the Tonner Doll Company have been posted since it was announced that the doll would make its first appearance at this week’s New York Toy Fair.

The doll is modelled on a teenage activist who was born a boy, but lives as a female. Jazz Jennings shot to fame when she was interviewed about her gender dysphoria by US TV presenter Barbara Walters.

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Awesome, right?

Only…what’s trans about her?

The company explained that.

The question on many people’s lips on social media was: what exactly makes a doll transgender? In one post, the doll’s makers explained how the doll is a likeness of Jennings, but doesn’t have genitalia.

Tonner Doll Company: This is an 18

Apparently “specific parts” is Doll Company for “genitalia.” No genitalia. Just that smooth plastic curve we all remember.

But so then what makes it trans? It’s a stereotypical girly-girl doll, in the style of the Barbie doll. So what makes it anything other than a stereotypical girly-girl doll, in the style of the Barbie doll?

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