I just wanted to mention that boys had dolls growing up in the early 90s too. I had Adddy. I bought her from a re-sale shop with allowance money. I am a gay man. But, I think the dialogue of boys/girls and gender formation is continuously left out of these "popular" culture phenomenons. I just wanted to share that I was always attracted to the "difference" even though nothing ever really reflected my experience. There still isn't much for young boys and girls who struggle with growing up. We are so often just given things, instead of asking children what they actually want. Thanks for the article though. Watch "Barbie Nation," too.