A new doll hitting stores in the U.S. is causing some controversy with parents. It’s called The Breast Milk Baby and it claims it teaches young girls how to breast feed. The doll is made by Berjuan Toys, a company out of Spain. It comes with a special halter top that has two flowers where nipples would be. When a little girl puts on the top and holds the baby doll up the flowers, it makes suckling sounds.
…the toy has many parents asking if it’s going too far.
“I think that it’s totally bizarre to teach a prepubescent child how to breastfeed,” said Nicole from Manhattan. “Quite strange.”
“I think it’s very creepy,” said one woman. “I don’t think little kids should be breastfeeding.”
“I don’t approve of it at all. I think it’s ridiculous for a child. Let her learn it when she’s older,” said another woman.
…U.S. spokesman for Berjuan Toys, Dennis Lewis, says “Breastfeeding is good for babies, it’s good for mommies and it’s good for society. We really don’t understand why this has created such controversy.” Lewis also claimed in a release promoting the doll’s introduction to the U.S. market, that the company has “been asked by millions of U.S. women to offer the doll here.”
What ever happened to liberal values, multiculturalism, free enterprise?
Which is more likely to elicit an irate Muslim response: 1) public cartoons of the Muslim prophet Mohammad, or 2) public proclamations that Mohammad was a bisexual, sometime transvestite and necrophile, who enjoyed sucking on the tongues of children, commanded a woman to “breastfeed” an adult man, and advised believers to drink his urine for salutary health?
“Roman Charity” by Peter Paul Rubens 1612
In traditional Islamic law, someone who suckles the breast of a woman is that woman’s child, either biologically or through a foster relationship. However, according the Jurist Abu’s-Su`ud (c.1490–1574), this only applies to sucklings under the age of two and a half years. This is a source of some dispute, as a modern Saudi Jurist, in 1983, upheld that if a man suckles from his wife, their marriage is nullified. The query remains a popular one into the 21st century, and has come up in Saudi advice columns.