I read an article today about the “gender-equity” struggle and the horror of marketing pink things to girls and trucks to boys. It seems Lego recently bowed to pressure from feminist groups for the release of it’s ‘Friends’ line of Legos. The ‘Friends’ line is Lego’s attempt to reach out more specifically to girls by creating a line of blocks using “girl” colors like pinks and purples and featuring toy girls who do things like water their gardens and feeding their pink-bowed dogs. Feminist activists freaked out saying they were sick of “gender-binary marketing” (huh?) and oppressive, archaic stereotypes being forced onto young girls.
Oh, did I tell you this article was in a women’s magazine called…wait for it…wait for it…BUST! It gets better, because as I did some more research into the mag. I realized it really wan’t just another trashy fashion rag; it’s actually a trashy “feminist” rag, and the title is supposed to be ironic or something. But these gals obviously have no real sense of irony, or they probably wouldn’t be posting stories like “Making Vegan Chilli” and “A frank Look at the Lives of Transgender Children” as well as regular “RuPaul’s Drag Race” recaps. Sensing a theme here? By the way, kudos to them for being gutsy enough to write about acid attacks in Afghanistan on young women in the name of Islam – not many folks are doing that these days; but is a line of pink Legos really the issue to take up in the name of “feminism”?
This feminazi crapola is really getting my tampons in a wad. What perhaps started with a fight for equality – such as voting rights and pay grades- has turned into an angry, gender-neutral war led by women generals with butch hair-cuts and hairy legs. They scream at men for daring to think women are beautiful, and fulfilling their natural urges to provide for and lead their families; then they scream at men for being ignorant dolts who can’t make decisions and don’t treat us with “respect”. They want our dudes to be strong enough to stand up for us when others insult or mistreat us (war on women ) but when they do stand up they are being oppressive and flaunting their gender!
Men and women are not the same. It’s better that way. These feminazis preach diversity and then puke all over it when it comes to gender. There’s power in being a woman; in knowing how we are different from men and using those differences to make good lives for ourselves and our families. The irony is that by insisting we erase all differences between genders they have stripped girls of their natural, biological power and replaced it with snarling, screaming and pant-suits.
We are frugal (read: cheap) in our house. When our daughter was born she got a lot of hand-me-downs from our son. We had no problems dressing her in blue pants and giving her his old trucks if it saved us a few bucks. I have also always had a natural aversion to the color pink, and swore I would never encourage my daughter to get into the girly stuff. Guess what? It happened anyway. Before you can say “Gender marketing disparities” she was asking me for Disney Princess dolls and pink fru-fru dresses. Girls gravitate to pretty things. Not all, but most. It’s in the DNA. The feminazis at rags like BUST want us to go against our very nature in order to appease their outdated fantasies of womanhood. That seems the very opposite of liberating. Toy manufacturers don’t throw products out willy-nilly. They do excruciating and extensive research before ever bringing a product to market. If their research shows there is a hole in the market that they can fill and profit from, what is sexist about that? What, there are no women working for Lego who will benefit from higher profits? If you don’t like it, don’t buy it. Exercise your right to choose and let me do the same. If you want to dress your boy in pink and let him push baby-doll carriages around the playground, it’s your right. And if other boys at that playground tease him mercilessly and don’t want to be seen around his tea party set, don’t blame me. I teach my kids to be exactly who they are and take pride in their own tastes and expressions. They are not social engineering products, they’re my children.
I think being a chick is cool with lots of cool accessories to enhance my chickdom- pumps, Prada, make-up, dresses, guys holding doors open and letting you go in front of them in line…it’s all so cool! Quit trying to ruin it for us!
Cross-posted at kiradavis.net