When my husband and I began the adoption process we agreed to be open to a child of any race. I read the adoption magazines and books about being a trans racial family. I knew something that was important was that my child have toys/dolls that looked like him or her. This brought me back to my childhood issues with this.
As a brown haired, brown eyed girl in the 70′s I remember wondering why all the dolls and Disney princesses had blue eyes and blonde hair, with the exception of Snow White (Belle didn’t come out until I was an adult!). I distinctly remember feeling sad and left out when I couldn’t find a doll with my hair and eyes.
As I grew up and became an adult, it just annoyed me that that was the case.
At the start of our adoption process, in 2007, I assumed that this would no longer be the case with society’s understanding of diversity now. I didn’t buy any dolls since I didn’t know what race child we would have. [Read more...]