The last month or so, my facebook and blogging friends have been all outraged about Lego’s new products geared toward girls. There are petitions circulating trying to get them to stop because (allegedly) when we were kids legos were strictly unisex and somehow encouraged us to build and play tough.
That’s not what I remember. I specifically remember having a Lego set that contained flower pots with which to decorate the house I built and a little girl figurine in a riding habit with a horse. She was a little butch because she was a block figurine, but she was definitely a girl. Who liked horses.
I’m guessing those flowers and the girl horse enthusiast weren’t blocks designed specifically for boys. Sure, they weren’t pink, but they also probably came in a special girl-geared Lego set.
The other day I was in the Walmart toy aisle and noticed some of the new “offensive” pink blocks. Right next to the pink blocks were a regular old unisex Lego kit.
When I saw this, I was further confused. If you don’t want your daughter to have pink blocks, buy the regular Lego set. There are slight differences between the two kits and I know some of the other kits are even more girly, but besides the color what is the big difference here? Why is this such a big deal that it deserves a petition?
If you walk down the Lego aisle, even before these pink sets came out, the Lego sets were full of scenes to recreate that boys would probably prefer and girls might not want. And there’s nothing wrong with that. Now there will be sets that girls might like more than the boys do. And there will be the old unisex sets. Or the girls could go after the boy-themed sets. Or the boys could go after the girl-themed sets.
Does it really matter? I personally like the variety. We may very well end up with pink Legos over here. It’s up to my girls. I encourage them to play with all sorts of toys, but they like pink girly things and why shouldn’t they build with pink blocks if that’s what they want?
I don’t get the protest and boycotts. If you don’t want pink Legos, get the regular kind and be done with it.