Wednesday, July 7, 2010

What's Good for the Goose

I had a post a while back on Barbie's 50th birthday that included a translation of the doll's size over to an average-height female body. Barbie, in real life, would measure 36-15-33, an unrealistic size that would require the removal of a bone and would have too low a percentage of fat to allow for menstruation and pregnancy.

But guess what? Guys are being hit with unrealistic standards, too. Rhodes reports in Beauty Bias that "GI Joe has grown increasingly muscular, and current proportions, translated in a man of normal height, would work out to a 55-inch chest, 27-inch biceps, and a 29-inch waist."

Guys, you'd better get to the gym. Like, yesterday.


Ian said...

So really, there should be some serious scare quotes around the 'Real' in "Real American Hero."

Stephanie said...

I don't think you can be a hero without a six-pack, can you? It was true in Sparta (The movie 300 is proof, right?), and now it's true in America. :-)