Katherine Wheatlock laments the emasculated feminized version of the new Ken Doll in Details Magazine (April 2006, pg. 76-78). And he is pathetic, folks. Ken now is a mere boy toy for the career-oriented liberated Barbie. Valerie Steele says that Ken went from being initially a straight looking high school sweatheart, to an 1980s corporate type, but now "he's been reduced to an escort." Barbie has lately been portrayed as highly successful professional and actually left Ken for Blain.
Liberated Barbie evolved "by some measure the quintessential American girl [into] a multi-tasking independent woman (albeit a scantily clad, buxom blonde one). Ken, meanwhile, has devolved into an impotent boy toy," says Wheatlock. Sadly, fellas, a lot of the women at your school probably see you this way as well.
Fellas, the new Ken doll is a sad reflection on our culture's view of American masculinity.
"We are a point culturally where traditional male traits are considered distasteful," says neo-feminist writer Camille Paglia. "The message is 'Don't be a man.' At this rate, the next doll is going to be transgenered."
If you don't think this is a big deal, consider this: millions of 6-year-old girls WORLDWIDE will grow up with the perception that the typical American male carries a sparkly man purse and can't be relied on to do much more than look pretty in the passenger's seat of her Corvette, says Wheatlock. If Ken's the all-American guy, then America is jacked. Sick, I tell ya!