12″x 24″x 4″
Dolls, wood, epoxy, paint, etc.

Text: These figures are used by American children to enact informal dramas. Presumably they represent gods or past leaders, but, if so, it is peculiar that the Americans have represented their gods or past leaders without genitals. The figures may represent bad gods or demons of infertility, however the children’s interaction with them does not suggest any fear or contempt. Since a society’s gods embody the values of that society it would seem that these figures were intended to teach the children something, but when parents are asked what this lack of genitals is meant to teach they become uneasy and deny any intention to convey values. ©