Do you remember the Lammily doll, aka the "Normal" Barbie? It was a doll created by artist Nickolay Lamm, who wanted to make a product that didn't give young girls unrealistic expectations of beauty. It has the body of an average 19-year-old woman, and it comes with stickers to add zits, cellulite and stretch marks.
"I feel like a lot of toys are all about fantasy, like we as adults, we love that as well," Nickolay told E! News when the doll was released. "Reality is cool; after all, it's all we have. Why not we appreciate it more? Even though it's not perfect, it's still beautiful."
Now, the Lammily doll has a new accessory that every girl can relate to: a menstrual pad!
"On average, a woman between the ages of 12 and 51 spends a total of 6 years on her menstrual period," reads the Lammily doll website. "Yet, while being a huge part of female life, this perfectly healthy natural process is still surrounded with taboos. Let's start an open and positive conversation about our periods."
For $10, you can buy the Period Party accessory pack, which comes with an educational pamphlet, a pair of underwear for your doll, 18 reusable colored pads and panty liner stickers and a calendar with dot stickers to track your cycle. So now kids can play and learn about the beautiful process of becoming a woman!*
*terrible, painful, crampy, awful, confusing mess of a passage we are forced to endure for most of our lives
"If a doll has pads, how can [menstruation] be taboo?" creator Nickolay Lamm reasoned to Today. "Periods are such an integral part of a woman's life, just a healthy part of it. It shouldn't have to be swept under the rug."
We love this idea because Nickolay is right. If half the planet is going through this, why is it that it's seen as something you should hide?! Hopefully this next generation of women who are learning about their periods with this doll won't feel the need to shamefully hide their tampons on the way to the office bathroom. Nay, this next generation will tuck that tampon behind their ear and strut through the halls to the bathroom!
You are woman…so roar! Unless you're currently on your period, in which case just simply whimper and curl up in a ball because eff those cramps.