*WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT — The small doll has divided Russians after it was spotted in the Planeta Igrushek (Planet Of Toys) shop in the Siberian city of Novosibirsk
A transgender children’s doll – believed to be the world’s first – has gone on sale in Russia.
The doll – pictured with a penis and wearing a dress – sparked debate after being spotted in a Siberian toyshop.
Pictures of the doll at the Planeta Igrushek (Planet of Toys) shop in the city of Novosibirsk went viral after being posted online.
The images show the doll with long blonde hair and an apparently female face.
It is shown wearing a red dress with what appears to be male genitalia underneath.
Photos of the progressive Russian doll have sparked mixed reactions in the socially conservative country, where LGBTQIA rights are heavily restricted.
Many took to social media to express their feelings about the doll.
One user, “revizor.nsk”, said: “Is it ok to produce toys like that for children?”
Another, “gerad” suggested: “All they have to do is buy a medical tool kit and the kid can learn how to amputate.”
But others took a more hardline approach.
“Lordex” wrote: “I think it is really terrible what is going on in this child’s parent’s head.
“Have you considered that it could simply be a manufacturing defect? Or they accidentally put a female head on a male body?”
And “TverdoyaZerkalo” added: “I believe this is a liberal attempt to change the society.”
While “barabanych123” commented: “All you have to do is cut the doll’s hair and change it into a pair of pants.”
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SOURCE: Daily Star – Anthony Blair