Gay Bob is a doll created in 1977. It was billed as the world's first openly gay doll. Bob was created by former advertising executive Harvey Rosenberg and marketed through his company, Gizmo Development. Gay Bob was bestowed an Esquire magazine "Dubious Achievement Award" for 1978.
Bob stands 13 inches tall and came wearing a flannel shirt, tight jeans and cowboy boots. He had one ear pierced. Bob's box was shaped like a closet and included a catalog from which consumers could order additional outfits. Creator Rosenberg described the doll as resembling a cross between Paul Newman and Robert Redford. Bob is anatomically correct.
Gay Bob sparked outrage in at least one reader of Ann Landers, who was inspired to write to decry the doll and predict that it would lead to the acceptance of other "disgusting" dolls like "Priscilla the Prostitute" and "Danny the Dope Pusher." Rosenberg had announced plans for a line of "permissive dolls," but no drug dealers or prostitutes. Ann incredulously replied that she'd believe such a doll existed when she saw it in the stores, but that she was unlikely to see it in the sort of "respectable" stores she patronized.
- ↑ "It's Ten P.M. Do you know where your Ken doll is?", Esquire, 1978-01-02. Retrieved on 2007-12-18.
- ↑ "It's the Gay Bob doll, out of his own closet", Associated Press, 1978-08-01. Retrieved on 2007-12-18.
- ↑ "Doll Lib", TIME magazine, 1978-08-14. Retrieved on 2007-12-18.
- ↑ Landers, Ann. "Ann Landers Answers", Field Newspaper Syndicate, 1978-12-26. Retrieved on 2007-12-18.
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