From my 2012 archives: Seeing the fun my son has with the Friends, I am again left scratching my head about LEGO’s approach to developing and marketing this product line, so I decided to write to the company. My letter is below.
A post from my archives about my puzzlement over Lego Friends, a toy that could have appealed to boys and girls, if Lego hadn’t been so determined to divide their target audience along gender lines.
October, 2021 Guardian article about Lego and its decision to (finally) end gender bias in its toys, another post from my archives about Lego and its “girl toys.”
Another post from my archives, in response to a story in an October 2021 article in The Guardian about Lego seeking to end gender bias in its toys. I wrote the article below in December of 2011, after Lego announced its new product for girls, which would ultimately be called Lego Friends.
There was a story in today’s Guardian about Lego’s plans to “remove gender bias” from its toys. I tweeted this story with a comment about how I had begun writing about Lego’s gender problems ten years ago. My original website is gone, but I still have the posts I wrote. Here is the very first, originally written March 25, 2011.
This week in miscellanea: raising boys; talking about miscarriage; the Mother Tree; challenging gender norms through art; and American residential schools.
I am far from alone in my lack of knowledge about menopause, which is why Dr. Gunter wrote this book. Her message is clear: women have not been given adequate information about the changes wrought by “the change.” By providing vital facts about how menopause affects the body, she is helping women advocate for their own health and take steps to improve it, no matter which stage of life they are in.
This week: Summer of Soul, Hockey Night, superwomen, and some more serious news about abortion laws and residential schools.
This week, an interview with Dr. Cindy Blackstock, a good news story from Toronto, Indigenous women and climate change in Colombia, the story of Moonstruck, and the song stylings of Crystal Shawanda.
This week, a focus on the legacy of residential schools in Canada.