Designed by entrepreneur and former ad executive Harvey Rosenberg, the inch plastic doll was cheekily designed to look like a combination of Robert Redford and Paul Newman. He wore a plaid shirt and jeans and had feathered blonde hair. And he was anatomically correct. Bob was as much a totem of gay pride as he was a calculated parry against the strikes of anti-gay activism. He was created to antagonize society at a time when Gay Rights were hard to come by. And boy did it work.
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His lack of genitalia is a running joke: Ken is synonymous with dicklessness, as multiple references in pop culture attest—lines in Dogma , Sisters , and the reboot of Ghostbusters , to name a few. Every ostensibly male doll I came across, and growing up with four younger sisters, there were a lot, I pantsed in the hope of an eyeful of plastic dick. Dicks were even rarer commodities in movies and especially on TV than they are today. It was especially maddening because there were no shortage of boobs to ogle, if only I had wanted to. I had a sense of wanting to see dicks way before I had any sense of wanting to do anything with them or their owners, and it seemed unfair as an aspiring connoisseur that the entertainment around me gave me no access to the goods.
Gay Bob doll (8 photos)
The line was always meant to run counter to hypersexualized dolls like Barbie and Bratz, and so the focus of all the stories is female friendship. See left, where Kit Kittredge is wasting some Young Republican because he insulted her impoverished family. Anyway, the upshot of all this is that all of the American Girl stories are inherently gay.
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