Newsweek: Ken Dolls(!) Are 'Too Lean, Muscular,' Damage Vulnerable Boys

My buddy David Steinberg at PJ Media sent me a link to an article on Newsweek -- I suppose he knows I don’t read Newsweek.

To my disappointment, the link worked.

Here was what I saw:

ken doll damaging body image

To save you the time Steinberg cost me (ed. note: Steinberg believes time spent exposing SJWs is never wasted), the article bemoans the fact that Barbie dolls are now culturally, ethnically, and anthropometrically diverse, but her lover Ken is still the same muscular white meathead he’s always been. This hideous inequity exposes males to unrealistically “idealized” body imagery, which then causes body dissatisfaction, with failure and disappointment hot on the heels of this potential psychological catastrophe. This is all according to Dr. Thomas Hildebrandt of the Eating and Weight Disorders Program at the Icahn School of Medicine in Manhattan.

Let’s first assume that lots of boys play with dolls, and that their entire childhood and subsequent adolescence and adulthood are colored by their experiences with dolls. If this is indeed the case, I submit that this phenomenon is localized in Manhattan, and perhaps in Southern California. This just isn’t an important part of the culture here in Texas. I realize that boys in Texas are probably considered the offspring of semi-sentient beasts by the doctors at Mount Sinai, but at least they don’t grow up with the kind of crippling psychological baggage that apparently burdens the male children of New York City.

Dr. Hildebrandt argues that these dolls are “increasingly lean and muscular,” and that boys who play with dolls are “developmentally unable” to determine that the exaggerated muscles on their dolls are unreal. He grants that unicorn dolls -- with a horn protruding from their little horsey-doll heads -- are identifiable as “unrealistic,” but that superhero dolls, like Ken, are confusing to “the vulnerable ones.”

It is difficult to express sufficient amazement here. As a newly minted 60-year-old, I find it, ah, odd that we have so much to worry about with respect to the mental health of the generation in question.