Our old friend Hank Pellissier recently wrote an interesting article for the IEET on the subject of ‘Human Barbie Doll’ Valeria Lukyanova -
Immaculate doll-face, globulous breasts, teeny waist, slender limbs, vacant ice-blue eyes, long platinum hair – Valeria Lukyanova of Odessa, Ukraine, has re-designed her physical form to resemble Barbie, the plastic Mattel toy. Is the result “beautiful”? Critics screech that she’s “creepy” and “lifeless” with an “uncanny valley” absence of sexuality, but… let’s not kid ourselves here.
The 5’ 7” 21-year-old Plastic Fantastic internet sensation is lauded as extraordinarily desirable – an ideal female aesthetic – by thousands of commenters and 215,000+ “Like” clickers on her Facebook page that’s only 24 days old. Plus she’s been awarded mainstream attention by Forbes, HuffingtonPost, Daily Mail, Fox News, ABC News, New York Daily News, and International Business Times. Eventually, millions of wide-eyed adorers will gaze greedily at the 11,00 photos of her already online.
“Barbie” – the doll – has been castigated since her development in 1959 as a female caricature with impossible-to-attain proportions. Valeria hasn’t precisely copied her mentor’s dimensions – she’d need a 39-18-33 ratio at 6’ in height – but her curves – created via dozens of nips, tucks and lifts at the supposed cost of $800,000 – resemble the plastic icon close enough to re-animate the original prepubescent lust of many grown males, who secretly undressed, long ago, the dolls of their sisters.
Does the emergence of this life-size Barbie clone represent the future of cosmetic enhancement? Will other girls/women follow in the faux-Barbie’s slim pointy footsteps? Will thousands of ribs be removed to achieve the minuscule belly? (Valerie’s goal, she claims, is to be photosynthetic, a sun-eater, avoiding digestion entirely.) Will millions of chins and cheeks be chiseled to achieve her dainty visage? Will breasts world-wide be pumped up to impersonate her pontoon mammaries?
The answer to these questions is Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes they already have.
Valeria The Human Barbie
Transhumanists, most of them being strict adherents to the religious dogma of ‘liberal progress’, assume that in the future gender will become meaningless. At some distant point, that might well happen, but the increasing power to choose how we look will likely initially lead to an ever greater exaggeration of male and female sexual characteristics.
Transhumanists are notorious for believing that technology will give the human animal the ability to ‘overcome evolution’ – to ‘take control’ of evolution. As the philosopher John Gray has noted, this is a secularised hand me down of Christian beliefs regarding the soul and free will. The belief that we can control our destiny by controlling the evolutionary process through science, has actually no basis in anything that we call science.
At least for the next few decades, transhumanism is likely to simply speed up and magnify the effects of intrasexual competition. Feminists may decry the Barbie Doll ideal that Valeria represents, but when the look becomes as affordable and easy to achieve for the average housewife, they will be able to do little to stop it from becoming the norm.
But as regular readers of this site will be aware, they will certainly try – and that is likely to be the biggest factor in how quickly the Barbie Doll look becomes the future of women.
We are already increasingly seeing middle-aged women creating legislation preventing teenage girls from undergoing cosmetic surgery and even from the use of such beauty enhancements as tanning beds. But what happens when those middle-aged women can use cosmetic surgery and new technology to look like large breasted teenage girls themselves?
One thing that Valeria cannot yet do to enhance herself is to make her skin look younger, and certainly not actually be younger. That will likely change soon with breakthroughs in stem cell rejuvenation technology. Of course, at the age of 21, she doesn’t exactly need to get rid of the wrinkles, but if Valeria’s skin was just a little more perfect, then she would undoubtedly look under 18 (if she doesn’t already). In which case, it will be interesting to see whether virtual child pornography laws are enforceable when millions of women start to look like large breasted 14 year old girls. My belief is that when women no longer have to compete with teenage girls, but are essentially competing with each other in order to look like idealised forms of teenage girls, then the motivating force behind paedohysteria (and according to sexual trade union theory, feminism itself) will dissolve.
However, what becomes of men? If Barbie Dolls are the future of women, then those ‘Action Man’ figurines that are the male equivalent probably indicate the future of men. Or rather, perhaps the popular ‘Incredible Hulk’ toys might be more indicative.
Over 10% of American High School boys take illegal, harmful steroids in order to, no doubt, make themselves more attractive to the opposite sex. Already a next generation of steroids which are reputed to have little or no damaging consequences to health are in the final stages of clinical testing, and are already for sale on the internet. They are likely to be the designer drug of choice for cheating athletes at this year’s London Olympics. Intrasexual competition between men (and boys) will likely lead to an exaggeration of muscularity, and possibly even aggressive behaviour. Feminists will no doubt be less impatient to legislate in this area, although they will gladly seize on the opportunities it will present to further demonize men.
Thus the immediate consequences of transhumanism are greater dimorphism between genders, and a greater exaggeration of stereotyped sexual characteristics. Transhumanists, and especially opponents of transhumanism, traditionally worry about a HG Wells type society emerging of Eloi and Moorlocks, where the social classes become almost two different species. In fact, this is more likely to happen between men and women.
Sexual competition will only allow gender to cease to become truly irrelevant when advances in the manipulation of memory and brain chemistry mean that ‘sexual role play’ takes on a literal meaning. For example, a 40 year old woman could literally be a 13 year old virgin for the purposes of love making, rather than simply looking like one. In fact, eventually, so could a 40 year old man. At that point, changing gender – and even personal identity – could become as easy as changing clothes.
Interesting read : Bionic Brains and Beyond (from Today’s Wall Street Journal)