A fairy toy which appears to have male genitalia has been branded the world’s first transgender doll.
The toy, which is on sale in Argentina, has caused shock among parents after a mother posted a picture of it on her Facebook account.
The mother claims her three-year-old daughter discovered what appeared to be male genitalia under the doll’s skirt while playing.
It is unknown whether the ‘genitalia’ is intentional on the manufacturer’s side or a factory defect.
The mother of the girl posted a picture of the ‘transgender doll’ on her Facebook account and the image and story went viral, causing a stir around the country.
The toy is made in China and was purchased from Argentine wholesaler ‘Once.’
The doll has caused shock and debate across Argentina, with one member of the public explaining: ‘It’s very difficult to give an opinion because I’m conscious that it’s a taboo subject in society… but yes, obviously, it’s shocking.’
While parents have questioned whether the toy could ‘influence’ the sexuality of their children, the transgender community in Argentina has spoken out to say their childhoods could have been easier if toys like this existed when they were young.
The controversy has been discussed in newspapers and on TV and radio across the country, with outspoken presenters questioning whether the doll is a positive representation of sexual diversity for children.
The fierce debate prompted child psychologist Ricardo Rodulfo to offer his own opinion on the toy.
He said: ‘It doesn’t matter to a child whether their toy has male genitalia or not. The idea causes more disturbance among adults.’