In case you missed the post yesterday Mattel has announced that they are now making more diverse Barbies. The new line has various options for dolls including different body types, seven different skin tones, twenty-two different eye colors and twenty-four different hairstyles making it easier for kids to find dolls that look like them.
BUT WHAT ABOUT MEN?!?!
While Mattel received a lot of praise about the new variety of dolls dudes quickly took over the conversation, because of course they did, demanding that Mattel also make a Dad Bod Ken.
#barbie where is fat ken? where is short nerdy ken? where is tall lanky ken?— Ubiquitousidiot (@ubiquitousidiot) January 28, 2016
Fat Barbie is great, but where's her counterpart: Doesn't Lift Ken? Talk about setting unrealistic expectations.— Dick Masterson (@dickmasterson) January 28, 2016
Barbie now comes in tall, petite and curvy to reflect reality. So, can we expect a bald, a fat and a latent homosexual Ken anytime soon?— Chuck Ca$h (@ChuckCash) January 28, 2016
@MontyDraxel And yet in this bizarro feminized world of unreality fat Barbie will still be paired up with thin Ken.— Diablo (@Diablo_2) January 28, 2016
#Barbie does she come with a fat Ken with a beer belly that doesn't workout or put an emphases on keeping fit and eating healthy?— $teven (@Pennylapincher) January 28, 2016
For what it's worth, Mattel hasn't been unanimously praised either. Kelsey Miller of Refinery29 officially dubbed the new dolls as problematic™.
"Just like OG Barbie, Curvy Barbie is problematic," she claimed. "First of all, she's curvy, a somewhat dated euphemism for all plus-size women, implying that if you're not thin, then you'd better be a voluptuous hour glass."
How emotionally invested are you in the dolls of your fictional children?