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Barbie as Computer Engineer

But is not that the problem? There are also women that don’t code for whatever reason, and isn’t it possible that Barbie is one of them? There are sexist and nonsexist men, also, and it is possible for Ken to be either. The world is diverse.

The root of the problem is the assumption that depictions in art and fiction are always making a claim to normativity. If we don’t make that mistake then we can have ditzy women, sexist males, and effeminate homosexuals without making the silly mistake of thinking that the creation of any such depictions is an endorsement of the same. In this case you defended the Ken character by noting that he might exist. Good – exactly right. Now admit the same for the dumb blondes and other unpalatable characters of the world and you’ve accepted reality without endorsing it.

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