Dolls for All: Why Children Should Be Given Gender-Neutral Toys

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Dolls for All: Why Children Should Be Given Gender-Neutral Toys

Illustration: Akshita Monga

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hen babies are just an hour old, they are incredibly difficult to tell apart. With their diapers on, forget figuring whether it’s a boy or a girl, it’s impossible to even tell whether they’re human. I realised this when my niece Gullu was born, a year and a half ago.

My parents skipped the usual baby talk and conversations about the size of her nose and tiny feet and went straight to, “Will we be alive to see Gullu get married?” Luckily for Gullu, her parents – my sister and brother-in-law – have different plans, that do not include reminding her all the time that she is a girl.  

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