|Photo Credit: Fryd_Lego|
The last few days my social network was buzzing with this great Parental Advice picture, popping up from all sides with a little thumbs up, big smile or just a simple so true ... focusing on the true positive message of creativity and imagination (at least that is how I read it) when we talk about doll houses and space ships alike.
When Fryd posted the image
on red.it I am not sure he wanted to start the whole controversy about gender, just launched a hoax
or genuinely wanted to share a picture from the 70's.
The buzz got quickly picked up in some other articles like this one
here on IFL where the focus shifted really to the gender focus of the latest LEGO Friends series and includes a full featured video
of Anita Sarkeesian giving a pink colored overview of the LEGO history since the early 70's including some great sets like Paradisa, Scala and Belleville.
If you have a few minutes to spare, the two video feeds are really worth while watching and reveals a world conspiracy of male domination in the sequel
of the series (or just great selective editing skills of Anita ?) and turns LEGO into a dominating evil Big Inc. responsible for male domination.
I am not going to argue with Anita that LEGO has a male, testosterone filled side in some areas and there is a good amount of macho in some of the material shown (now who is the true heroine in The LEGO Movie ?) yet I never felt like LEGO was giving me an unbalanced world view dominated by male supremacy, merely giving me the opportunity to build spaceships and doll house alike.
Now, I may be biased, given that my gender is off the wrong side, but there are so many fantastic great female "legographers" out there that I am curious in your view points ?
Is it worth the discussion ?
Is LEGO crippling our future generation of scientists, astronauts and pirates alike ?
Have you ever considered not to purchase a LEGO set because the amount of male and female characters were not equal ?
Is LEGO stereotyping a whole generation, and we all should stop shooting with the bricks and move on to others like Hello Kitty
to safeguard the next generations ?
Your Thoughts ?