Feminists have met the enemy … and the enemy is LEGO

posted at 4:51 pm on April 20, 2012 by Tina Korbe

The feminist outrage of the day is at a new LEGO product line — “LEGO Friends,” which features LadyFigs (cute and slightly curvy girl figurines) and construction sets for a hot tub, a splash pool, a beauty parlor, an outdoor bakery, a convertible and an inventor’s workshop.

Predictably, some feminists are upset at such “stereotyping of preferred pastimes for girls.” (Yes, I do seem to recall that girls have been encouraged to be inventors since at least the time of Edison.)

“What it’s doing is telling girls that this is what’s important to you,” Dana Edell, director of the SPARK movement, told Fox News. “Girls aren’t building space shuttles, they’re getting their nails done.”

The SPARK movement launched a petition against the product line and collected 55,000 signatures — enough to nab a meeting today with LEGO to voice their criticisms directly to the LEGO brand relations director. A LEGO spokesman says the company welcomes both complimentary and critical feedback and will take it into account.

The SPARK movement specifically objects to the sexualization of women in the media — and that’s a goal with which I’m sympathetic. When it comes to the little LEGO figurines, they’d be on somewhat solid ground if they were to complain about the LadyFigs’ attire. The figurines’ shirts and shorts are pretty skimpy! Instead, Edell objected to their “little breasts and fancy hair.” I’m assuming she didn’t mean to imply the LEGO Friends should have big breasts; she meant to imply they shouldn’t have girlish figures at all, but should be every bit as boxy as LEGO men. (What’s wrong with “fancy hair”? I’m sure I don’t know.)

As always, my concern is that feminists seem to want to obliterate gender difference entirely. Like the women of the SPARK movement, I want women to know they’re capable to construct space shuttles, but I don’t want us to think we’re like men – because we’re not. And yes, that fact is inscribed into our very bodies, so depictions of women should look different than depictions of men. Such depictions shouldn’t reduce women to their bodies – that’s the sexualization and objectification to which all women should object – but it shouldn’t deny the very real differences in the appearances of men and women.

At any rate, the entire SPARK movement campaign misses the broader point: LEGO wasn’t sexualizing girls by introducing LEGO Friends, nor was it trying to box girls into specific roles. LEGO didn’t bar parents from buying their daughters traditional LEGO toys and they didn’t bar parents from buying their sons LEGO Friends. They just gave parents an additional option — and the success rate of the line so far suggests some parents like it. If feminists don’t, they don’t have to buy the products.

But also — I fail to see how the feminist preoccupation with convincing girls and women that they don’t care about “traditional female pastimes” is any different than the preoccupation with convincing girls and women that they do. Shouldn’t feminists leave it up to girls themselves to decide what interests them and what they want to do with their lives?

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Never heard of these until my daughter got some. She loves them.

CurtZHP on April 20, 2012 at 4:54 PM

Now git in the Lego kitchen and make me a Lego sammich . . .

BigAlSouth on April 20, 2012 at 4:54 PM

“little breasts and fancy hair.”

Definitely not Rosie O’Donnell…

PatriotRider on April 20, 2012 at 4:55 PM

There are way too many people out there with too much time on their hands.

JPeterman on April 20, 2012 at 4:55 PM

Judging from the looks of most “feminists” I’ve seen, I think being a feminist involves hating the fact you have an x chromosome.

ellesar04 on April 20, 2012 at 4:55 PM

Girls aren’t building space shuttles, they’re getting their nails done.”

They are bldg. shuttles, but Obama deconstructs them.

Schadenfreude on April 20, 2012 at 4:56 PM

Feminists have met the enemy … and the enemy is LEGO

In related news, SPARK has issued a Fatwa against Milton Bradley, creator of the board game “Mystery Date”.

dirtseller on April 20, 2012 at 4:57 PM

Seriously, these chicks need to get a life!

southernms on April 20, 2012 at 4:59 PM

Judging from the looks of most “feminists” I’ve seen, I think being a feminist involves hating the fact you have an x chromosome.

ellesar04 on April 20, 2012 at 4:55 PM

Sure ain’t xxx chromosome.

arnold ziffel on April 20, 2012 at 4:59 PM

Alternative headline: Self-loathing, Perpetually Outraged Harridans With too Much Time on Their Hands – Have too Much Time on Their Hands.

locomotivebreath1901 on April 20, 2012 at 4:59 PM

Everything the Left touches turns to crap. Everything.

NickDeringer on April 20, 2012 at 4:59 PM

The figurines’ shirts and shorts are pretty skimpy! Instead, Edell objected to their “little breasts and fancy hair.”

…and disgusting interest in the opposite sex..

BigWyo on April 20, 2012 at 5:00 PM

Limbaugh… LEGO… Must be “L” month. I had a deranged aunt who was about as coherent in her choices for what was ruining women.

apostic on April 20, 2012 at 5:01 PM

You’d think the feminists would be happy because women are represented at all. In my day it was just the one generic lego guy with a smiley face and no hair. If there was any variation it was the one dude I received in something or other with a fu-manchu… a little more Mongolian looking maybe but not at all female. And certainly one of my more favorite lego dudes.

Legos were fun. Too bad they’re like $80…

Gingotts on April 20, 2012 at 5:01 PM

I bet those legos have never worked a day in their lives, they can’t possibly relate to women.

1984 in real life on April 20, 2012 at 5:03 PM

Bah. If you can’t impale them with swords or chop them in half with axes (I’m a big fan of the old ninja sets), then it’s not LEGO.

TouchingTophet on April 20, 2012 at 5:03 PM

O.K. South Park creators, let’s have an episode where Lego makes it up to the feminists by creating the “Lego Abortion Set”.

dirtseller on April 20, 2012 at 5:03 PM

It’s not about pointing girls towards something, it’s about what will make most girls grab mommy by the hand and beg mommy to buy the box of LEGOs. Now which LEGO box is more likely to attract most girls? The space shuttle LEGOs or the outdoor bakery LEGOs?

Once again the outrageously outraged have the cause and effect backwards. LEGOs doesn’t try to influence girls towards toy bakeries… they make toy bakeries to try to influence girls towards LEGOs.

As for the short skirts… really?? We’re going to worry about the length of skirt on a LEGO toy character? Are we expecting little boys to try to look up the LEGO girl’s skirt??

gravityman on April 20, 2012 at 5:04 PM

Got to keep pushing the “war on women” meme, in all things great or small.

Rebar on April 20, 2012 at 5:05 PM

The Five is talking about this topic NOW.

redridinghood on April 20, 2012 at 5:05 PM

I remember my mother vacuuming the living room and accidently running over some of my legos. The horrible sound they would make, and my mother being furious about it.

And of course there was my father stepping on one barefoot, and how he cursed the day those damned things were made.

Legos. Full of memories.

portlandon on April 20, 2012 at 5:06 PM

I’m pretty conservative when it comes to clothes and these don’t look that skimpy. The shirts are sleeveless but not low cut. Of the three figures I’ve seen one is wearing capris (below the knees) and the other two are wearing shorts/skirts that look like they fall slightly above where the knees would be. Nothing too shocking.

As for the other stuff, the femenists need to identify the real enemy and go after them – little girls. LEGO execs didn’t sit down and say, “How can we undermine girls and convince them that they should be home makers in spite of their overwhelming desire to build spaceships?” They said, “Girls don’t seem to like our current offering…what can we offer that they will like?”

They should pass a petition around that says that girls should be forced to play with the regular legos and build spaceships AND LIKE IT!

JadeNYU on April 20, 2012 at 5:06 PM

As for the short skirts… really?? We’re going to worry about the length of skirt on a LEGO toy character? Are we expecting little boys to try to look up the LEGO girl’s skirt??

gravityman on April 20, 2012 at 5:04 PM

No, but the Secret Service Lego might try and look.

arnold ziffel on April 20, 2012 at 5:07 PM

If girl’s want to build space shuttles and have women characters operate them they should rejoice- Lego already makes those products. And the feminists should love those as outside maybe the ponytail hair the bodies are exactly the same as the male characters so they can pretend there is no difference.

What Lego should do is point that out and tell the feminists to either pound sand or say that they won, and now Lego will simply go back to offering the normal products they were and girl’s can deal with little figures that are almost gender neutral.

Betenoire on April 20, 2012 at 5:07 PM

oops wrong thread.

redridinghood on April 20, 2012 at 5:07 PM

Oh, for God’s sake…Legos are a toy…for little kids.

But, if they object to “femininity” in Legos, perhaps they can check these out.

Under the special category Lego product line — Lez be Friends.

Comfortable shoes and all that included.

coldwarrior on April 20, 2012 at 5:08 PM

okay look. afghani schoolgirls are being poisoned by extremist muslim men just for trying to get a education. and feminist groups are angry over freakin legos!! why are liberal feminist’s priorities so messed up??

link: http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2012/04/obamas-peace-partners-the-taliban-poison-150-high-school-girls-after-kabul-bombing-rampage/

although i do have something to say about this article:

But also — I fail to see how the feminist preoccupation with convincing girls and women that they don’t care about “traditional female pastimes” is any different than the preoccupation with convincing girls and women that they do. Shouldn’t feminists leave it up to girls themselves to decide what interests them and what they want to do with their lives?

THANK YOU. this annoys me so very much. i am glad you made this point.

Sachiko on April 20, 2012 at 5:08 PM

Would a homely, fat, egg shaped LEGO with butchy hair appeased these femi-nazis??

Maybe a deluxe model of the above, that smelled bad, shrieked and soiled itself (AAA battery not included)…and could double as a bobble-head for your car rear window ??

Hey, BigSven would buy one !

BigSven on April 20, 2012 at 5:11 PM

…(I don’t see a dog or cat[in the oven?]…and it’s racist!)
I’ll have to write those misfits at Matel! I am going to complain about the boobs too!

KOOLAID2 on April 20, 2012 at 5:12 PM

Liberals will never be happy. No matter how much you placate their outrage of the day, they will remain disgruntled untill they reach the gates of heaven and receive the reward they labored for all their lives.

tom daschle concerned on April 20, 2012 at 5:12 PM

Leggo should have told them that the toys were Not for girls but specifically designed for transvestites and cross dressers. These idiots women would have applauded that.

MikeA on April 20, 2012 at 5:12 PM

No, but the Secret Service Lego might try and look.

arnold ziffel on April 20, 2012 at 5:07 PM

Nice one! I actually laughed out loud at that one!

gravityman on April 20, 2012 at 5:13 PM

heaven HELL

tom daschle concerned on April 20, 2012 at 5:13 PM

… the enemy is leggy super-model.

galtani on April 20, 2012 at 5:13 PM

Legos. Full of memories.

portlandon on April 20, 2012 at 5:06 PM

Yeah. Plus jacks and four-sided dice. Good times. Good times.

apostic on April 20, 2012 at 5:14 PM

O.K. South Park creators, let’s have an episode where Lego makes it up to the feminists by creating the “Lego Abortion Set”.

dirtseller on April 20, 2012 at 5:03 PM

I literally LOL’ed on that one.

Bitter Clinger on April 20, 2012 at 5:15 PM

I blame Botox LEGO Pelosi

Electrongod on April 20, 2012 at 5:15 PM

Huh, I guess I’m a square. I love feminine women. The more the merrier.

Bmore on April 20, 2012 at 5:16 PM

I bet those legos have never worked a day in their lives, they can’t possibly relate to women.

1984 in real life on April 20, 2012 at 5:03 PM

Hahahahaha!

I understand that “feminists” want to degrade the traditional womanly arts, which are presumably ok if a man wants to engage in them.

But what I don’t get is – why don’t they want women to have breasts?

What is bad about presenting little girls with figurines representing women? Are they similarly upset about the Legos that represent men?

Are breasts a bad thing? Should we all cut ours off or something?

Alana on April 20, 2012 at 5:16 PM

“Girls aren’t building space shuttles, they’re getting their nails done.”

Umm. Actually if you buy your daugther these, you’ll be encouraging her to build things with Legos. Which is where wanting to build things with space shuttles starts.

Bobbertsan on April 20, 2012 at 5:17 PM

Huh, I guess I’m a square. I love feminine women. The more the merrier.

Bmore on April 20, 2012 at 5:16 PM

Like Rush has always said: The feminist movement was created to allow unattractive women access to the mainstream.

Bitter Clinger on April 20, 2012 at 5:18 PM

Well it is not as if any of the Lego men had any Lego packages either so men were getting shorted too.

bbinfl on April 20, 2012 at 5:19 PM

Most liberal feminists don’t look like women so I guess that may play a part.

Southernblogger on April 20, 2012 at 5:19 PM

Probably more appropriate than the LadyFigLeaf version…

Definitely more appropriate than the LadyGaga version.

marlin77 on April 20, 2012 at 5:19 PM

O/T: CoolChange80 got the banhammer!!!

Bitter Clinger on April 20, 2012 at 5:20 PM

Bitter Clinger on April 20, 2012 at 5:18 PM

And booze was created so they could always find a mate.

Southernblogger on April 20, 2012 at 5:21 PM

In other words, they don’t like little girls wanting to be girly. Got it.

tdpwells on April 20, 2012 at 5:21 PM

bbinfl on April 20, 2012 at 5:19 PM

The ultimate goal of the feminist movement.

Package removal.

coldwarrior on April 20, 2012 at 5:22 PM

A quick internet search turned up this excellent rebuttal to the feminist anti-LEGO Friends hysteria, complete with an actual spaceship built from parts from LEGO Friends sets.

PerceptorII on April 20, 2012 at 5:23 PM

I remember when the left went after Dan Quayle for making some kind of remark about the TV show Murphy Brown. The left went nuts mocking Dan.. repeating “It’s just a TV show! It’s not real”

OK… LEGOs are just a toy. They’re not real folks.

JellyToast on April 20, 2012 at 5:23 PM

“What it’s doing is telling girls that this is what’s important to you,” Dana Edell, director of the SPARK movement, told Fox News. “Girls aren’t building space shuttles, they’re getting their nails done.”

What’s is with the Feminist obsession of acting like society is intentionally setting up obstacles for women to be scientists and engineers?

I’ve never meet a young boy of Lego playing age who cares about derivatives. For whatever reason, a lot of women self select themselves out of Graduate level and above Math and Science education. If they don’t want to study it, why make them?

These people are obsessed with their understanding of what power is.

Bluray on April 20, 2012 at 5:24 PM

Edell objected to their “little breasts and fancy hair.” I’m assuming she didn’t mean to imply the LEGO Friends should have big breasts; she meant to imply they shouldn’t have girlish figures at all, but should be every bit as boxy as LEGO men.

Left wing feminists and sexually insecure Islamo-radicals unite!

peski on April 20, 2012 at 5:25 PM

cute and slightly curvy girl figurines

Oh, I see the problem, they think the new LEGOs are conservatives.

Sexualization Protest Action Resistance Knowledge…

Good Lord, they had to stretch for that silly acronym and they are outrageously outraged at everything. It is their raison d’etre.

Fallon on April 20, 2012 at 5:25 PM

The ultimate goal of the feminist movement.
Package removal.
coldwarrior on April 20, 2012 at 5:22 PM

True, just how they would like it to be neutered and androgynous.

bbinfl on April 20, 2012 at 5:26 PM

Every bit as boxy?

OK…how’s this for Lego “blockheads?”

coldwarrior on April 20, 2012 at 5:27 PM

Sachiko @ 5:08 PM on April 20, 2012

Excellent point re: the oppression of Afghani schoolgirls. American feminists are gutless cowards content to make a big issue out of a toy, but are unwilling to take the fight to where it really matters. Lego’s a villian, Limbaugh’s a villian, but Maher’s a hero, BJ Clinton’s a hero, and not a word on the horrific treatment of women in the Middle East. ALL feminists are hypocrites and cowards, every last one of them.

teacherman on April 20, 2012 at 5:27 PM

In other words, they don’t like little girls wanting to be girly. Got it.
tdpwells on April 20, 2012 at 5:21 PM

Well..you gotta admit, under the current administration, they are winning the “War on Heterosexual Males” in the Secret Service and the Military !!

Now they want after hetero-sexual little girls…

Started with boys when they took away cap guns..

BigSven on April 20, 2012 at 5:27 PM

Do girls only want a career because they can’t attract a man? Did Gloria Steniem burn her bra only so Sandra Fluke could wear “comfortable shoes”?

A recent study of American women yielded some startling results:

“Forget ambition, financial security and that first-class degree.

A controversial study has concluded that the real reason women pursue careers is because they fear they are too unattractive to get married.

The research team, made up of three women and two men, said that when men are thin on the ground, ‘women are more likely to choose briefcase over baby’.

And the plainer a woman is, they claim, the more she is driven to succeed in the workplace.”

LOL!

Resist We Much on April 20, 2012 at 5:28 PM

These malcontents are a cancer within our society. If LEGO came out with a set of toys with transgendered toys that were anatomically correct, they would be a profile in courage story. Anything traditional is to be destroyed. They won’t be happy until they’ve dragged us down to their amoral dream world.

Hannibal on April 20, 2012 at 5:28 PM

“Girls aren’t building space shuttles, they’re getting their nails done.”

Girls aren’t building space shuttles because, er, we don’t do that anymore. We hitch rides with the Russians. Get with the program, SPARK!

And, Tina, I assume the problem with “fancy hair” is that it suggests to girls that they should — *gasp* — look feminine. Modern feminism, as you rightly point out, seems to have as its goal the elimination of all differences between men and women. Or, rather, the pretense of eliminating all such differences, since actually eliminating them is impossible.

I have three small children of my own, with a fourth on the way, and I can tell you with absolute confidence that girls and boys do have naturally different interests, personalities and, yes, bodies. (I’d take the “bodies” part as obvious, but to some it doesn’t seem to be.) Girls aren’t different from boys because society makes them be. They are because God makes them so.

Shump on April 20, 2012 at 5:30 PM

Ms. Korbe wrote:

When it comes to the little LEGO figurines, they’d be on somewhat solid ground if they were to complain about the LadyFigs’ attire. The figurines’ shirts and shorts are pretty skimpy!

Oh, I couldn’t agree more! For instance, Short skirts are truly the devil’s playground!

/s

Splashman on April 20, 2012 at 5:30 PM

There is no patent for LEGO. The offended may go ahead and ‘invent’ DYKO, DIKO, GYNO, etc.

BHO Jonestown on April 20, 2012 at 5:31 PM

I bet those legos have never worked a day in their lives, they can’t possibly relate to women.

1984 in real life on April 20, 2012 at 5:03 PM

This really is another skirmish along the lines of the Hilary Rosen comments. Feminists, it seems, will not be happy until every single woman reaches some de-gendered state of nirvana. Isn’t feminism about giving women choices- I don’t think most feminists can go a full sentence without talking about “empowerment.” Pretty ironic then that they insist on uniformity in thought.

The other thing I find ironic is that LEGO is clearly trying to expand its market appeal among girls who may not be all that into building castles or spaceships. This line would encourage girls to construct stuff. These very same bitter shrews have been screeching for years about the need to encourage girls to pursue careers in things like engineering and architecture. Yet apparently they will not be happy unless the figure is wearing a power pantsuit accessorized by an attache case and a button that says “A woman’s place is in the House and Senate.” Construction kits to include the SCOTUS bench, a boardroom, and (of course) mini Oval Office. Because things like beauty parlors don’t exist in the feminists’ world.

Happy Nomad on April 20, 2012 at 5:32 PM

“What it’s doing is telling girls that this is what’s important to you,” Dana Edell, director of the SPARK movement, told Fox News.

No, LEGO is responding to what is important to girls. That’s how this free market stuff works. You find out what people need, want and desire, and then offer to sell it to them. The real complaint of these busybodies is that girls like things they don’t want them to like, and that someone is giving it to them.

RadClown on April 20, 2012 at 5:33 PM

Started with boys when they took away cap guns..

BigSven on April 20, 2012 at 5:27 PM

To paraphrase Pastor Martin Niemöller:

“First they came for the cap pistols…
…and I didn’t speak out because I did not have a cap pistol.

The they came for the He-Man Trapper Keepers…
…and again I didn’t speak out because I did not have a Trapper Keeper…of any kind.

Then they came for the jewels…”

coldwarrior on April 20, 2012 at 5:33 PM

I would have loved this as a kid. I was a Lego freak but everything was geared to boys.

gophergirl on April 20, 2012 at 5:34 PM

Lol, I guess women are not allowed to make their own choices unless said choice is approved by the NAGS! I heard they are after Limbaugh again too.

Africanus on April 20, 2012 at 5:36 PM

Girls aren’t building space shuttles because, er, we don’t do that anymore. We hitch rides with the Russians. Get with the program, SPARK!

Shump on April 20, 2012 at 5:30 PM

MIR spaceship sold separately.

I think a goal of feminism is de-gendered women but I think it goes further than that. Groups like SPARK can’t stand the idea that every single woman isn’t out there in the dog-eat-dog (no pun intended given the current round of jokes) of corporate America. They think all women will come to think like them if only properly enlightened.

Happy Nomad on April 20, 2012 at 5:38 PM

I would have loved this as a kid. I was a Lego freak but everything was geared to boys.

gophergirl on April 20, 2012 at 5:34 PM

I firmly believe a rite of passage into parenthood includes stepping on a stray LEGO in the dark at 2am.

Happy Nomad on April 20, 2012 at 5:41 PM

Shouldn’t feminists leave it up to girls themselves to decide what interests them and what they want to do with their lives?

Gasp! What! LET THEM DECIDE?

GarandFan on April 20, 2012 at 5:42 PM

Another selling point to the Lego Friends line is the potential interaction between girls and their fathers. For over six decades, Legos have been almost the exclusive domain of boys to build cars, boats, planes, spaceships, etc. Now, boys of my generation have kids of their own. With Hollywood making films based on popular toys/cartoons from the 70′s & 80′s (e.g. Transformers) the toys have made a comeback as well. Star Wars figures, Transformers, Hot Wheels, G.I. Joe, Super Heroes, Nerf, etc. are all back with a vengeance on toy store shelves (although in the case of Nerf, Hot Wheels and Matchbox, they never really left). So it’s pretty easy for dads around my age to find things for their sons to play with, since a lot of the same toys are still around. But finding things to buy for their daughters is a different story. The only times I played with Strawberry Shortcake, Hello Kitty or Barbie was for BB gun target practice (and no, I didn’t shoot my eye out). A series of girl-themed Legos fits that bill pretty well.

Left Coast Right Mind on April 20, 2012 at 5:43 PM

Hey, what’s for lunch, baby?

“Bo”

Scotsman on April 20, 2012 at 5:45 PM

Racist, too. I don’t know how see no black on those ta-tas.

Scotsman on April 20, 2012 at 5:46 PM

I firmly believe a rite of passage into parenthood includes stepping on a stray LEGO in the dark at 2am.

Happy Nomad on April 20, 2012 at 5:41 PM

Now see, that right there is funny! Thanks. ; )

Bmore on April 20, 2012 at 5:47 PM

boys prefer pie. girls prefer cake. POTUS likes puppies.

mittens on April 20, 2012 at 5:47 PM

Girls will be boys and boys will be girls
It’s a mixed-up, muddled-up, shook-up world
Except for LEGO
L-E-G-O, LEGO
LE-LE-LE-LE, LEGO

/Sorry, Ray

Christien on April 20, 2012 at 5:52 PM

If I were a feminist, I would be outraged too!

Come on, who has ever heard of a woman without a moustache, wearing women’s clothing and donning a women’s hair style? This little figure should definitely have a full ‘stache and mullet (or flat-top) and be wearing baggie jeans and a baggy flannel shirt to cover her Chaz Bono frame. And where the heck is her truck – how is she supposed to get to her job at the Veterinary Clinic, Planned Parenthood abortion shop or Lesbian Leather Bar?

The toy industry’s WAR on FEMINISTS must stop!

Pork-Chop on April 20, 2012 at 5:53 PM

Let my Lego, go!

Resist We Much on April 20, 2012 at 5:53 PM

The feminists aren’t building space shuttles, either.

In fact, they’re not doing much of anything useful.

avgjo on April 20, 2012 at 5:55 PM

The feminists aren’t building space shuttles, either.

In fact, they’re not doing much of anything useful.

avgjo on April 20, 2012 at 5:55 PM

Do these uber-intelligent feminists not realize that nobody is building space shuttles anymore?

coldwarrior on April 20, 2012 at 6:02 PM

Hey, don’t get me started on Barbie, what a slut!

hip shot on April 20, 2012 at 6:06 PM

Coldwarrior

Touche!

avgjo on April 20, 2012 at 6:10 PM

When my kids were young, both my son and daughter played with these plastic dinosaurs. To my son, the bigger dino always ate the smaller one. That is what dinosaurs do, he understood.

To my daughter, the larger one what the mama dino and the smaller one the baby dino, and they were a family.

My son leaves this fall for MIT and my daughter is likely headed into a career as a writer.

All because of the plastic dinosaurs.

The feminists really need to get a grip.

STL_Vet on April 20, 2012 at 6:12 PM

When your job is whining I guess you’ve got to find something to whine about or people will wonder why you get paid.

gekkobear on April 20, 2012 at 6:20 PM

I’m female, my degree is in mechanical engineering, and I’m STILL a huge fan of Lego. Anything that gets girls building is fine by me. The sets, as they are, are just the doorway to other creations yet to be imagined and built. These feminists need to lighten up.

Desert Gardens on April 20, 2012 at 6:22 PM

But wait!
LEGO has a Feminist model availible – JUST LOOK:
http://www.amazon.com/Sorceress-Minifigure-Lightning-included~-Castle/dp/B0052TC2V4

HammerNH on April 20, 2012 at 6:37 PM

My kids love them! My daughter loves the pink blocks and little flowers.

And of course there was my father stepping on one barefoot, and how he cursed the day those damned things were made.
Legos. Full of memories.
portlandon on April 20, 2012 at 5:06 PM

There’s pain, excruciating pain and stepping on Legos. (Stolen from fb)

txhsmom on April 20, 2012 at 6:39 PM

construction sets for a hot tub, a splash pool, a beauty parlor, an outdoor bakery, a convertible and an inventor’s workshop.

The feminists are just upset because there’s no abortion clinic set.

There’s pain, excruciating pain and stepping on Legos. (Stolen from fb)

txhsmom on April 20, 2012 at 6:39 PM

At least they weren’t playing Dungeons and Dragons. Try stepping on a d4.

malclave on April 20, 2012 at 6:43 PM

what the heck is wrong with these people? if they don’t want to buy ‘girlie’ legos to their girls, then fine, don’t…what’ this whole petition idiocy??…ban legos now??…

jimver on April 20, 2012 at 6:44 PM

I have a nephew and two nieces (his younger sisters) who all love Legos. It started with my nephew and his dad, and the girls got into them because they look up to their brother.

So I buy a lot of Legos as gifts for all three. My nieces (age 11 and almost 6) will LOVE these. Best revenge against the bitter NOW types will be if the new Legos line for girls sells well.

Mayday on April 20, 2012 at 6:50 PM

Under the special category Lego product line — Lez be Friends.

Comfortable shoes and all that included.

coldwarrior on April 20, 2012 at 5:08 PM

I like that :-) maybe if they see that there are alternative legos out there, like ‘Lez be friends’, and that there is something for everybody in lego land, they’ll take it down a notch with their criticism and petitions…

jimver on April 20, 2012 at 6:54 PM

No kidding. I don’t understand why a bunch of blocks that are plastic and mass produced have to be so expensive.

Deanna on April 20, 2012 at 7:02 PM

Hey, don’t get me started on Barbie, what a slut!

hip shot on April 20, 2012 at 6:06 PM

And just who was she a slut with? Couldn’t have been Ken or GI Joe, they aren’t exactly equipped for the job but then neither completely is Barbie.

Deanna on April 20, 2012 at 7:05 PM

Shouldn’t feminists leave it up to girls themselves to decide what interests them and what they want to do with their lives?

Fat chance.

hillbillyjim on April 20, 2012 at 7:06 PM

I can only speak from personal experience raising both girls
and boys. There is a difference (other than the obvious).

One does not need to play with space shuttle legos as a youth
to become a scientist in the space industry.

One does not need to play with barbie dolls to become a hairdresser.

The only equality I care about is 1) equal pay and 2) breaking the glass ceiling for women. As for everything else, it will play out the way God intended it to.

Amjean on April 20, 2012 at 7:09 PM

I teach honors biology to 9th graders who will be in our IB program in their jr and sr years, and based on the ratio of girls to boys in those classes, our girls are doing just fine, thanks.

Bob's Kid on April 20, 2012 at 7:09 PM

Now… where’s my sandwich, Edith?

hillbillyjim on April 20, 2012 at 7:11 PM

Shouldn’t feminists leave it up to girls themselves to decide what interests them and what they want to do with their lives?

Yes. And what a concept.

dogsoldier on April 20, 2012 at 7:15 PM

The wife saw those in the store and was upset that she didn’t have LEGO sets like those when she was a kid.

LoganSix on April 20, 2012 at 7:40 PM

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