LEGO Gets Told Off by a Seven-Year-Old Girl

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A seven-year-old girl named Charlotte has taken LEGO to task for not only making more "boy people" than "lego girls," but sending the former on adventures while the latter "sit at home."

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"All the girls did was sit at home, go to the beach, and shop, and they had no jobs," writes Charlotte, "but the boys went on adventures, worked, saved people, and had jobs, even swam with sharks."

Her request is simple: "I want you to make more lego girl people and let them go on adventures and have fun ok!?! from Charlotte. Thank you."

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Call us crazy, but we think Charlotte's on to something here. After all, what good is a visit to the beach if you're not going to swim with any sharks?

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LEGO has been criticized before for failing to bridge the gender gap in its line of minifigs. To its credit, they've made moves in recent years to do so, but the company still has a ways to go. For an excellent overview of LEGO's production history of female minifigs, the careers they do (or don't) get to have, and the adventures they do (or don't) get to go on, see this excellent post by Maia Weinstock, which was published last year – around the same time LEGO released its first female lab-scientist minifig (pictured at left – Photo Credit: Maia Weinstock).

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I'm still annoyed that they gendered Legos. There is ZERO reason why there should be boy Legos and girl Legos outside of specific movie franchises (which is still kind of bullshit, who says girls won't want to play with Star Wars Legos?). Legos are colorful building blocks of happiness, it's just marketing that decides if the box will include a set for building a fire station or a shopping mall.

It's 2014 and the fact that we are still telling little girls that they should look pretty, go shopping and keep house through their toys is horrific.