If you’re Australian, under 50 and you have a vagina, the words “Dolly Doctor” will elicit a wry smile.
For those visitors to Mamamia who may not have grown up here, no, this is not a weird post about someone who fixes toys.
Dolly Doctor is the name of the advice section in Dolly, a magazine for teenage girls which, before the internet, was one of the few places young girls could access information about their bodies.
Sounds almost quaint now but cast your mind back to a time before Google search, when printed material was the only way to privately find out about……STUFF.
Dolly Doctor was always the first section of the magazine you flicked to (even before the bit where you joyously pulled out the Wham or Hanson poster and practiced kissing it).
Dolly Doctor had all the answers – about boys, embarassing body problems, confusing urges, changing body parts……she was always able to calmly explain everything from the terrifying to the mortifying. She had the wisdom of a parent and the knowledge of someone who had been there but she delivered her advice with the friendliness of a mate.
Above everything else there was the reality factor. Unlike other sexual educators (i.e. you sex ed class or unreliable girlfriends), Dolly Doctor was the only authority figure telling girls what we actually
wanted needed to hear. Even the boys would sneak an informative read.
And not much has changed – or has it?
Meet Dr Melissa Kang. She is the actual Dolly Doctor.