I Play With Dolls

On the color-coded toy aisles of our childhoods and our now

Paul Crenshaw
Mar 30, 2020 · 10 min read
Illustration by Louisa Bertman

MyMy mid-life crisis came at Christmas vacation, when my younger daughter said I play with dolls.

We had been talking about gendered words. My younger daughter studies languages. Someone had recently referred to her as a “female,” and when an uncle asked what was wrong with that, I thought how many times I had…