How Barbie exposed the macho culture of medicine

Dr Torie Johnson
Ken asks a doctor for a ‘clicky pen’ in a scene from the Barbie movie.

A scene in the movie Barbie is all too familiar to female physicians. Ken asks a female physician, “Can I talk to a doctor?” and she replies, “You are talking to a doctor.”

He ignores her, then requests her assistance with various menial tasks (“Can you get me a coffee … and I need a clicky pen”) before abruptly walking off in the direction of two short-haired, presumably male medical professionals, saying, “There he is! Doctor!”