Editorial | lego stereotypes
Star Wars vs. Heartlake City
Once, no toy seemed more universal than a primary-color set of plastic Legos. This is no longer the case. Now, Lego is poised to release a new line of blocks specifically for girls, which fits every stereotype you might expect. The “Lego Friends’’ figurines have skirts and tiny breasts, live in a place called Heartlake City, and go to a hair salon and a horse academy. This points to a problem that’s larger than Lego itself: toys separated by gender reinforce predictable patterns of behavior.