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    That's cool, though I don't know how it's supposed to help with body image issues (not that it should have to, since they're...you know, LEGOs. But that's the claim.)
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    Wonder what El Rushbo has to say about this? I lost quite a bit of sleep last night myself trying to work out my position on it.

    I’m not militantly opposed to some lego sets being pink, but it seems a bit condescending to say we have to make legos a “girl” color to get girls to play with them and/or have an “impact on how girls view themselves in terms of career and interests.” I’m not sure why making legos pink would suddenly spark an interest in girls who are already interested in building things. But apparently it doesn’t hurt the company’s profit margin, which is probably what this is really about more than anything.

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    Hey, I spent my childhood playing with lego. And not just lame girly stuff, I had this:



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    Quote Originally Posted by trancemode View Post
    Wonder what El Rushbo has to say about this? I lost quite a bit of sleep last night myself trying to work out my position on it.

    I’m not militantly opposed to some lego sets being pink, but it seems a bit condescending to say we have to make legos a “girl” color to get girls to play with them and/or have an “impact on how girls view themselves in terms of career and interests.” I’m not sure why making legos pink would suddenly spark an interest in girls who are already interested in building things. But apparently it doesn’t hurt the company’s profit margin, which is probably what this is really about more than anything.
    Yeah, so that the mommies and daddies that have already been buying them pink princess shit can convince them that LEGOs are interesting too, and then they won't feel so much like they indoctrinated their kid to be a future housewife.

    I was gender non-conforming (more like gender-reactionary) as a child, and I would have violently rejected anything pink, even if they were LEGOs. So it's more for those already socialized into liking girlypinkdom...so that those girls have a counterpoint to princess/baking/homemaking/sexy barbie. Basically so that they can feel like LEGOs are girly, too, instead of neutral or "for boys."

    And yes, so that the girlypinkdom girls will buy their shit. They want in that Bratz market!
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    so if the future needs more women in stem fields and perhaps many will be extjs and they will rape the intjs for babies then the human race is going to evolve into some boring asceticism or something. lame
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    My son was a LEGO idiot, my grandson is a LEGO idiot...and now my son's girlfriend's girls are crazy about the girly LEGOs. I think it's great.
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    I wasn't aware that LEGOs were a toy for boys. I'm saddened to hear this.
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    More likely, the pink was to attract gender dichotomy embracing adults who would buy these gifts for their daughters, now that they're pink.

    Loved legos all my life and when my son came along, played enthusiastically with him too. We built many structures together, times the two of us will always remember warmly.

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    It never occurred to me that Legos weren't for girls. I've always loved playing with all kinds of blocks/building toys. Even in the seventies, I had wooden blocks, Tinker Toys, and Lincoln Logs to play with. I didn't think they were for boys anymore than the Light-Bright, Play-doh, Silly Putty, or Spirograph were. Of course, I also had cap guns. I've never wondered until now whether this was abnormal. I played with mud and dirt and toads and climbed trees and rummaged through dumpsters and never so much as considered myself a tomboy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Orangey View Post
    Yeah, so that the mommies and daddies that have already been buying them pink princess shit can convince them that LEGOs are interesting too, and then they won't feel so much like they indoctrinated their kid to be a future housewife.

    I was gender non-conforming (more like gender-reactionary) as a child, and I would have violently rejected anything pink, even if they were LEGOs. So it's more for those already socialized into liking girlypinkdom...so that those girls have a counterpoint to princess/baking/homemaking/sexy barbie. Basically so that they can feel like LEGOs are girly, too, instead of neutral or "for boys."

    And yes, so that the girlypinkdom girls will buy their shit. They want in that Bratz market!
    I don't want to argue Rachel Ray's type again, but just to let you know, her own description of your childhood sounds something like what you're saying. She liked Erector sets, and I think otherwise wasn't into girlish stuff. (Recall, I believe she's the same type you're wearing now, and all the "gurlishness" and "Fe" we see today is really from just a strong tertiary).
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