Feminism Run Amok

We've sunk to a new low folks. Political correctness and feminism have run completely off the rails. Why is that you might ask? The picture to the left is why. Looks like nothing more than an innocent LEGO piece, right? Well.... according to feminist groups:

They have little breasts and they have fancy hair, and it just disturbs us that this is the image that they want girls to see.


Excuse me? That's your argument? Girls have boobs and nice looking hair? I never could have guessed this...

There's a beauty parlor and hot tub set that comes with these pieces, to which another group has this to say:
What it's doing is telling girls that this is what's important to you. Girls aren't building space shuttles, they're getting their nails done.

There's so much wrong with this I don't even know where to start. Maybe they haven't paid much attention to modern US life, but as I look around, there are indeed a large number of women who obsess endlessly about getting their nails done. Why? So they can go ace the interview to get that job at JPL to help build space shuttles. Yes, imagine that, women obsess about their appearance and wish to look good. You know what? So do a lot of men too. For many of the same reasons.

This is nothing more than radicalism in disguise. Political correctness invading yet another aspect of our lives. For fuck sake people, let the kids have their damn toys and leave this crap out of it.
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Posted on Apr 20, 2012 2:17 pm by Samson in: | 10 comment(s) [Closed]
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Anonymous [Anon] said:
Comment #1 Apr 22, 2012 12:00 pm
Bringing boobs to lego is just not on. It's a toy for boys!

       
Feminist Advocate said:

What it's doing is telling girls that this is what's important to you. Girls aren't building space shuttles, they're getting their nails done.


Ah, rubbish! When I got my my first lego set as a child, a space shuttle the pilot was a woman! See, argument dis-proven. :tongue:

(on that note, it may actually have been my second set, anyway)

       
I'm sure Dwip could chime in with some of his own lego expertise. I don't remember what the set I had was called, but it was some cheap fake and didn't even have people.

       
I was going to sit this one out (because I'm a little too male to have deep opinions on feminism), but since I got namechecked about Lego, well.

So a few things stand out to me, here.

1. Actual sourcing would have helped here. I kind of wanted to go check the original article, but I'm not going to Google the fucker.

2. What, you're surprised that a certain subset of feminists is kinda crazy? Surprise!

3. That said, what they seem to be inexpertly grasping at is part of a larger question about gender identity and formation of same. The idea that girls shouldn't be forced into the whole girly-girl nails and hair and horses and domesticity thing is certainly something I think we can all get behind. And let's not make any mistakes here, that's definitely where this particular Lego theme is going. So, ok. But we fairly quickly run off the rails in several directions.

- It turns out, and I realize I'm the first one in the history of life to make this observation, but women have breasts. It also turns out, I am reliably told by women, that getting and having breasts is a topic of some interest to girls. Who knew, right? Now, I can't believe this is actually something I'm analyzing, but these particular Lego breasts look a little...pubescent, sort of like, I don't know, the target age group? And, unlike some other toys one might name *coughBarbiedollscough*, at least we're not dealing with totally unrealistic body images and all that business. I guess maybe the skirt is a bit short, but beyond that.

- I don't think it's going to come as a surprise to anyone that there's a not insignificant number of females of all ages who really dig fashion, horses, and playing house. Those are all pretty valid choices you get to make if you want.

- Come to find out that it's also entirely possible to like horses and get your nails done and do heavily intellectual or heavily physical or whatever things. The list of women I know who have done precisely that is pretty long, and in America in 2012 is a majority of the women I know.

- Now, I don't want to make Lego out to be some sort of radically feminist toy or anything here, since most of my 90s-era minifigs are either guys or asexual (hard to tell what's under those space suits, you know?), but we've had asskicking pirate and castle women minifigs before, and I don't know what all for town, Star Wars, etc.

Moreover, this is Lego we're talking about, so the only thing preventing girls from saying "You know, I actually want some of these rad Dino Legos!" is their own personal desire and their ability to talk their parents into buying them Dino Legos. Last I checked, nobody was stopping you.

Put shortly, this is a complete non-issue given the diversity of Legos as it is, and I can't believe I spent so much time on this.

       
You totally over-analyzed this. :P

You got namechecked essentially to find out whether or not some of the old sets I'm not familiar with even had an issue here. Somewhere in your wall of text it seems you've more or less confirmed they don't.

The whole argument about gender identity here is bogus and the feminists were just looking for something new to bitch about, as usual.

       
What, me overanalyze something? NEVER.

       
Dwip said:

It turns out, and I realize I'm the first one in the history of life to make this observation, but women have breasts. It also turns out, I am reliably told by women, that getting and having breasts is a topic of some interest to girls. Who knew, right?


You know, you are not alone, i too know all too well that woman have breasts. As for it being a topic of conversation, i hate it when my daughters and my partners daughters get together, because there is always atleast one discussion about breasts and how each ones are evolving.

Samson said:

You totally over-analyzed this. :P


I thought you got him with a really clever troll myself.

       
Anonymous [Anon] said:
Comment #8 Apr 23, 2012 7:37 am
I saw a news broadcast on this, being that it was a "fair and balanced" network they had the feminists on as well as some marketing experts, I don't remember if they were LEGO people or just familiar with the product. Essentially the feminists just rambled on about inequality and glass ceilings and how the world would soon be theirs (okay so maybe they didn't announce world domination) The rebuttal was that LEGO marketing conducted a study and found that their market is almost completley boys so they then setup focus groups with young girls to find out what they want in a LEGO set. So if the femenists are upset by this then the people they should be yelling at are the young girls who specifically asked for these types of LEGOs and not the company that tried to fulfill their wishes.

       
Wow Samson, I'm not sure whether I should be shaking my head that you brought us here or just jumping onto Dwip's bandwagon over it. :lol:

       
Bringing boobs to lego is just not on. It's a toy for boys!


Boy-toy? :tongue:

Anyways, yes. Quit bitching (ha-ha-ha), crazy-ladies. The other 99% of this country doesn't mind female figures being given some feminine traits. The only way we can satisfy you is if everyone were to become masculine females. (Geez, talk about your double-standard).

       
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