This morning I read a post on my friends blog, Tea for Three, about this pink lego controversy. I loved what she had to say about it, but also have my own little blurb to add. I am not going to go into a full rant about my issue with it (or lack there of I suppose) but I thought I would put my two cents in.
So pink Lego – WHO CARES! Its PINK! Yay Pink! It is a beautiful colour, and are we really going to deny girls of a colour that they love just to make a statement? I understand that yes, maybe there is a lot of pink out there for girls, and things should be offered in more of a variety of colour, I can’t argue that. H loves to play with doll houses, and tea sets, and finding things in a gender neutral colour is difficult. But to make a stink about PINK lego while there is still the option of multi coloured lego is just silly in my eyes.
In one article I read today one person’s concern was that the new Lego girl characters, who wear pastel colors and enjoy things like party planning, getting makeovers and going to cafes, sends a bad message to young girls. Hmmm.. so letting your girl be girly is a bad thing? Tell me, as a woman (sorry any men who are reading, this may not pertain to you) do YOU like planning parties, getting makeovers and going to cafe with your friends? I sure do! I also know how to use a drill, fill up the oil in my van, and I plan on building a deck on my own this summer. To think that allowing little girls to play with pink lego would change the course of their lives is ridiculous.
I think that children should be able to make the choice of what colour, or even type, of toy they want to play with. I think Tamara made a great point in her blog about the fact that maybe seeing pink Lego would make people actually think of buying their girls Lego when they may not have.
All in all I think worrying about ‘gender specific’ toys in general is silly. Let your kids play with what they want to play with. Chances are, if I took H to the store, showed him both colours of Lego, he would pick the pink. I am more than okay with that! I would not deny my boy to play with ‘girls toys’, why should you deprive your girls with playing with ‘girly colours’?
Just my two cents.
You might also find this interesting:
When you look up PINK on Wikipedia you fill find this :
An article in the trade publication Earnshaw’s Infants’ Department in June 1918 said: “The generally accepted rule is pink for the boys, and blue for the girls. The reason is that pink, being a more decided and stronger color, is more suitable for the boy, while blue, which is more delicate and dainty, is prettier for the girl.” From then until the 1940s, pink was considered appropriate for boys because being related to red it was the more masculine and decided color, while blue was considered appropriate for girls because it was the more delicate and dainty color, or related to the Virgin Mary. Since the 1940s, the societal norm was inverted; pink became considered appropriate for girls and blue appropriate for boys, a practice that has continued into the 21st century