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Thursday, April 26, 2012

Feminists against LEGOs for girls

FoxNews reports:
A feminist group has identified the enemy, and it is ... LEGOs?

The Danish company behind the interlocking plastic building blocks loved by children since 1949 has a meeting set for Friday with a Brooklyn group ticked off with LEGOs product line designed to appeal to girls.

The new “LEGO Friends” rolled out in December featuring LadyFigs, curvier takeoffs on the traditional boxy LEGO men. Construction sets include a hot tub, a splash pool, a beauty parlor, an outdoor bakery and a “cool convertible," as well as an inventor's workshop.

But the SPARK Movement objects to the "LadyFigs," the female version of the little figures who man the spaceships, trucks and forts children create. "Ladyfigs" are somewhat anatomically correct, which hypersexualizes girls, according to the group.

"They have little breasts and they have fancy hair," the organization's executive director, Dana Edell, told FoxNews.com. "And it just disturbs us that this is the image that they want girls to see."
Disturbing? Really? How about this NY Times story about how this muscular wrestler just qualified for the London Olympics, and then got married wearing blue jeans in a wedding that was planned for four days. The human interest angle is that the wrestler is a lesbian single mom marrying another lesbian single mom. Women's wrestling is now an Olymbpic sport, and so is women's boxing, altho last I heard the women were still fighting about whether they would wear skirts like tennis players, or shorts like male boxers. The LEGOs seem just fine to me.

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