The strange, dystopian history of She-Ra

In 1984, a half-hour cartoon was broadcast each and every weekday on 166 television stations in the United States and 37 other countries. That show was “He-Man and the Masters of the Universe.” And it only existed for one purpose.

“The cartoon is based on the plastic dolls created by Mattel Inc.,” reported the New York Times in a 1984 article published just in time for Christmas. “The toy…