So, this is on Postsecret this week:
First of all, if a woman with Barbie's proportions existed in real life, she would snap in half at the waist. A real life Ken would not. Just wanted to get that out there.
But that's besides the point.
The point is - why the resentment? Does the postcard writer think women should be bitching about Ken too? Because Ken doesn't distort our body image the way Barbie does. It's men's job to bitch about Ken (and G.I. Joe et. al.). Does the postcard writer think that because men in general don't bitch about Ken that women should suck it up when it comes to Barbie? Because, no, nuh-uh, ain't gonna happen.
This postcard is representative of a certain attitude towards feminism found among a certain segment of men. I have a message for these men:
Please, go on and bitch about Ken! Bitch about G.I. Joe! These fellows do you no favours! Please, bitch about unattainable standards of masculinity! Feminists aren't stopping you. In fact, you may find some good theoretical background for your bitching from feminist writers!
Linkage! XY Online, And you think feminists hate men?, Micheal Kimmel, there's more, but if you're reading this you clearly have access to the internet and probably know how to use Google!
You can bitch about Ken, we can bitch about Barbie, and then we can join forces to bitch about how patriarchy hurts everybody together.