Did you know that when men look at themselves in the mirror, they’re more likely to see themselves as being buffer and fitter than they are? Whereas women are more likely to see ourselves as fatter than we are and unattractive.
It’s almost like the portrayal of male-idealized power fantasies in pop culture isn’t remotely the same thing as the the unrealistic (and still rooted in male ideals) standards that women are held to in the media. Weird! If I didn’t know any better, I’d say that having media tailored to the tastes and needs and desires of one narrow demographic (straight white men) tends to boost their self-esteem while lowering that of everyone else.
Bottomline: Barbie and He-Man are both male fantasies.
This was one of the many commenters I referenced earlier. There’s a ton more with lots of data to back it up.
THIS IS FUCKING BULLSHIT
God I swear a feminist wrote this, I don’t even have to go to their page to know that. I was actually hoping when I glanced at this post that it would be about how Barbie & FICTIONAL SUPERHERO He-Man are alike in the fact that they are BOTH INACCURATE PORTRAYALS OF GENDER. But no, just some feminist trash. Shocking
I want to say thank you thought because this gives me a bunch of great ideas. I think I fully understand now just how much men are, yes, influenced (JUST AS women are influenced by Barbies) but NONETHELESS discouraged and degraded that many of them will NEVER BE THAT LARGE. Why do you think so many men take to steroids, work their ever loving ass off, and then want to partake in drugs & partying and sex more than women in any bit of time they have off? They fucking have it rough, the media telling them to be buffer stronger working harder! And yes, we deal with our own trials. Be more beautiful, be thinner, have a man take care of you yet be independent?
The point is, inaccurate portrayals of gender (in fictional characters) is both motivating and exhaustingly humiliating to our egos. Both women and men alike - towards the line of the ‘perfect portrayal’ of each gender role. The goal is to get out of those mindsets whatsoever anyways because they will drain your life force.. Gender identity can be poisonous.
The original poster of the image had it right: “feminist double standard”. Thank you for your shitty commentary though.