Though the Earring Magic Ken incident showed that LGBTQ culture at the time had infiltrated the mainstream or, arguably, been co-opted by itKen might've simply remained the butt of late-night jokes until Savage — who's since gone on to serve as one of the country's most prominent sex and relationship advice columnists — published his explanation of the gay-culture subtext communicated by wearing the sex toy. Perhaps you'd like to read about solar eclipsesor how 3-D printing works? Matt Jacobi and Nick Caprio of Scottsdale, Arizona, are getting married in May, and their two nieces will act as their flower girls. Thank you everyone for all your support. Related Content " ". Giggles in your Inbox Subscribe to our daily newsletter and get the latest updates on fashion, beauty, style, and more.
Shortly thereafter, it began producing dolls of Barbie's boyfriend, Ken.
How Barbie's Boyfriend Ken Became an Accidental Gay Icon
Madison Vanderberg December 18, Dan Savage still has his Earring Magic Ken doll, though. Jacobi told CNN that when they gave the gift to their niece, she shouted with excitement: We reached out to Mattel for comment multiple times — to find out just how well the doll sold and whether it remains the No. In an effort to increase sales of Ken dolls in the early '90s, Mattel's research department worked with a group of 5-year-old girls to find out what might make them more likely to nag their parents to buy one. Giggles in your Inbox Subscribe to our daily newsletter and get the latest updates on fashion, beauty, style, and more. Meet the World's Smallest, Toughest Owl.
And a leather vest. That's because a panel of 5-year-olds generally isn't sophisticated enough to parse the subversion of gender norms, to understand the flouting of traditional masculinity, to ken the coded language of underground fashion — or to predict the cluelessness of toy designers. I hope our custom gift inspires you to make a GayWedding set! Girls really liked Barbieand the doll became a certifiable cultural force, but Ken dolls never sold as well. Dan Savage still has his Earring Magic Ken doll, though.