Feminism Run Amok
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:
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.
RIP United States of America
July 1776 - November 2012.
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.
(on that note, it may actually have been my second set, anyway)
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 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.
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.
You totally over-analyzed this.
I thought you got him with a really clever troll myself.
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).