LEGO just for girls
|Mia - Vet|
When I was a child I played with LEGO. LEGO in the 1970s was basic, it is all I knew. I built cities, dream houses, tower blocks, bridges etc... LEGO at that time wasn't into themes as they are today - quite uncomplicated - they allowed the builder to be creative with basic blocks. By the time I was buying LEGO for my sons (and I bought a lot I will confess) we had space ships, vehicles, forts, castles and other exciting themes. Less imagination was required as Lego was doing the thinking for you.
Friends" and here are a few examples within this range. What do you think? Would you consider buying them for your daughters? But the big question is - do we need LEGO/toys just for girls?
|Olivia - invention workshop|
Interestingly, not everyone is happy with the new LEGO Friends range and the Lego Facebook and Twitter page has been hit by hundreds of posts and images from angry consumers outraged by the stereotypes they say the new line advocates. Those complaining say that LEGO has created female characters that look more like Barbie dolls than the standard tiny yellow construction figures (I agree they have figures and look like teenage girls in short skirts). One mother wrote “I will not be boxing her into the narrow, sexist stereotypes that this world has waiting for her,”. I find this interesting as the range is quite diverse in the "occupations " given to each girl - from inventor to musician, designer, beauty store etc.. In fact they are not traditional in anyway, they are very modern, one girl has a convertible and likes to shop - how modern is that!!
|Emma - design studio|
The complains are around whether or not LEGO should have a range for girls - why not, as they have a very large range targeted at boys. Why is there this fear that girls should not have a range of toys for themselves (in saying this, girls can still buy the other LEGO themes) - why can't girls like pink and why do feminists keep trying to stop girls from liking girls toys. Rebecca Sparrow from a feminist website said it was “completely unnecessary” to go gender-specific. “Girls don't need their own Lego,” Personally I think these women like to complain at anything that shows that girls are girls and interestedly no one complains about all the "boy" toys that are available in the stores eg trucks, cars etc...
|Andrea - music stage|
I do not want to live in a bland world were everything is the same and there is nothing that identifies males and females. We are different and we think different - even though there are some who would argue that we are all the same however the cycle of socialising children into believing that girls should like particular things has created this differences (RUBBISH).
Friends LEGO range for girls does not stop a girl from playing with a space ship and a boy playing with the music stage. And personally, I don't think a girl playing with the Friends LEGO range is going to be delayed in reaching her "full potential" (what ever that might be) because of its gender specific undertones as the feminists would like us to believe. And if you don't like it, don't buy it.
PS - If I was ten I would love to have owned Olivia's House below.
|Olivia's House - I would have loved this one when I was younger!!|