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A transgender doll featuring male genitalia under women's clothing appears in Russian toy store, sparking outrage

'Is it ok to produce toys like that for children?'

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What some are calling "the world's first transgender doll" has gone on sale in a Russian toy store, the Daily Star reported.

The doll, which was seen at the Planeta Igrushek (Planet Of Toys) shop in Novosibirsk, Siberia, is dressed in women's clothes but features male genitalia, according to pictures posted online.

The images purportedly show a doll with long blonde hair and female facial features wearing a red and yellow polka dot dress — underneath the dress, however, the doll showcases male genitalia.

The Daily Mail reports that pictures of the doll shared online in Russia have sparked considerable outrage in the country.

One user allegedly asked: 'Is it ok to produce toys like that for children?'

Another said: 'All they have to do is buy a medical tool kit and the kid can learn how to amputate.'

A third said: 'I think it is really terrible what is going on in this child's parent's head. Have you considered that it could simply be a manufacturing defect? Or they accidentally put a female head on a male body?'

While a fourth commented: 'All you have to do is cut the doll's hair and change it into a pair of pants.

The doll drew particular ire given its place of solicitation, as Russia is not known for openness to the LGBT movement.

Companies have toyed with the idea of transgender dolls before

In September 2019, famous toymaker, Mattel, launched its first line of gender-inclusive Barbie dolls, designed to blur the lines between male and female genders.

The dolls featured a wide variety of skin tones and all had androgynous faces and bodies. In addition, the doll line offered a variety of hair styles, clothing options, and accessories to choose from, making it so that the dolls could be mixed and matched.

At the time, Kim Culmone, senior vice president of design, said the doll line, "Creatable World," intended to encourage children who play with them to "express themselves freely."

"Through research, we heard that kids don't want their toys dictated by gender norms," Culmone continued. "This line allows all kids to express themselves freely which is why it resonates so strongly with them."

The "Creatable World" line, however, did not feature male or female genitalia, a fact that disgruntled at least one transgender writer who penned an op-ed for Slate Magazine.

In the op-ed, the writer argued that the new Barbie dolls are too "playful" and do not go far enough in "deconstructing the gender binary."

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