OMG When I originally read your post, I read (in error) "My huzz said when he was about 51 I guess, he was sitting on the floor playing with some little army men, - - - "My huzz said when he was about 5 I guess, he was sitting on the floor playing with some little army men, just having a good ol' time, and when his mom came into the room, he wistfully says, "Mom, do you think I'll ever get to fight in a war like Dad and my uncles?" He said she scowled and said, "Oh, don't you worry about it! Of course, there'll be another war by the time you get old enough! There always is!"
Here's another way of looking at it too. When little girls play with their dolls (I don't know if they still do), we tend to think of it as a first step towards the day when they will eventually be mothering their own babies. Why is it so awful then to think of our own little boys playing with dolls when they are very little and one day becoming daddies?My nephew, who was almost exactly the same age as my granddaughter, loved to play with her baby dolls.
So for his first birthday, I got him a really nice boy baby doll. He loved that thing til he was close to two and lost interest in it. His father wasn't totally happy about the doll but didn't object.
He grew up to be all boy, then all man. It didn't seem to stunt his masculine emotional growth at all.
If you listen to children playing with dolls, you'll hear them working out societal problems via the doll play.
They can make the doll "say" and act like they'd like to be able to express themselves. They can express love and affection without fear of being repulsed. They can "confide" in the doll things they cannot say to a parent or sibling.
I think if boys could play with dolls (and I'm not talking about G.I. Joe or The Incredible Hulk), it would be better for all of us.
Just my opinion....
I knew there was a problem with those troll dolls! Actually, I had a collection of them when I was a kid and liked them better than the baby dolls. Way more fun to play with with their crazy hair and mischievous smirks. I think my grandson has one of them now by the way. Maybe he'll let me play with it!I had a GI Joe, some army soldiers that I would use to "play fight" and a Troll Doll, but my favorite was American Building Bricks because I always wanted to be an architect and I could build whole houses from them. And I still turned out gay. Maybe it was the Troll Doll's fault!