Music Video: William’s Doll

I am ecstatic from the great comments you folks have been leaving on the Are Doll Houses Okay for Boys? article. You’ve raised many issues I didn’t consider.

Here is a music video of a song called William’s Doll, from a 1972 record and 1974 TV special titled Free to Be You and Me. The male vocals are handled by Alan Alda, aka the manliest of men, the prolific womanizer Benjamin Franklin “Hawkeye” Pierce from TV’s M*A*S*H. The core message of the song: of course boys should play with dolls; you want them to grow up to be loving fathers, don’t you?

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Thanks to Thinga-reader Chelsea for the tip when she posted the lyrics in a comment on the dollhouse article.

Update: There’s also the William’s Doll baby/preschool book by Charlotte Zolotow (via Thinga-reader Piseco).


5 Responses to “Music Video: William’s Doll”

  1. Bev says:

    I think the idea is that it’s okay for boys to play with dolls if they want to just as it’s okay for girls to play with train sets. :)
    He has a great singing voice anyway.

    October 31st, 2007 at 5:09 am

  2. Piseco says:

    I played the video clip as my 5 year old son came in the room this morning… when it ended, he said, “Hey Mom! That’s neat how it’s just like the book about the older boy who wanted a doll, but not a naked one.”

    The book is also “William’s Doll” by Charlotte Zolotow with illustrations by William Pene DuBois, I think.

    Another good book about gender roles affecting kids is “Oliver Button is a Sissy” by one of our favorites, Tomie dePaola.

    My son has both of these books as well as a range of dolls, dollhouses, kitchen toys, sewing sets… and knights, pirates, dinosaurs and trains.

    October 31st, 2007 at 5:22 am

  3. Chelsea says:

    Hey Thanks!

    I didnt’ know there was a book or a video either. What can, I say I grew up without a TV and that Record was one of my favourites. I still remember almost all of the words to all of the songs. Here are a couple of other songs on the album about finding your own way in the world…

    “Don’t Dress Your Cat In An Apron”
    “My Dog Is A Plumber”

    October 31st, 2007 at 8:45 am

  4. Mama Peach says:

    Wow did this ever bring up memories for me (being a child of the ’70s and all). So much so that it prompted me to do a video search for all of the clips from the Television special. My 2-year old daughter really enjoy the “Ladies’ First” story.

    Thank you for bringing me on a lovely walk down memory lane!

    November 2nd, 2007 at 8:40 am

  5. Karen says:

    I, too, loved Free to be as a child (the record…didn’t know there was a movie for a long time) and still enjoy the songs and stories from time to time. Let’s just keep in mind that the prospect of parenthood isn’t the only reason children should play with dolls if they want to. The fact that they *want* to is enough. I never thought about this until it was pointed out to me by a gay friend in college.

    November 29th, 2007 at 6:55 am

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