I loved Legos when I was a kid.
If I had a pile of Legos in front of me now, I would play with them.
Legos don’t usually make then news, but they did this week. Lego released a new line of toys for girls. And guess what! Despite all of Lego’s market research indicating demand for this product, some cranky women find the toys “offensive.” Apparently, girls can now suffer from low self esteem and poor body image from Legos.
To be honest, I don’t think the girl Legos are nearly offensively enough.
“Mom, This Toy Made Me Feel Bad About Myself!”
Here’s the thing about toys that supposedly promote “poor body image.”
The idea that a two inch, yellow plastic figurine will make a girl sad about herself is about the most pathetic thing any adult has ever come up with. Guess what? When I played with ninja turtles as a kid, I wanted to be a ninja turtle. But I didn’t feel inadequate when I discovered that I could not really transform myself into a hard-shelled amphibious martial arts vigilante.
Kids don’t know they are supposed to be offended. Adults will just find any excuse they can to take fun toys away from kids. The only way toys hurt kids is if they are defective, or a child shoves it up his nose.
“I’m taking these toys away! They are making you feel bad about yourself!” (Cue crying child who doesn’t understand the dynamics of postmodern feminist theory.)
The real offense is how generally crappy the girls’ version of Legos are compared to the boys.
Did That Toy Hurt Your Feelings?
Besides this fact, even if toys do make kids feel bad about themselves, welcome to life!
Life is all about being surrounded by people who are better than you. You have to learn to accept the fact that someone is better looking, more talented, smarter, wealthier, more fragrant, and more popular than you. We live in a culture where we don’t want anything to make us feel bad about ourselves, because we’re supposed to love ourselves and accept ourselves for who we are.
If you ask me, the world isn’t offensive enough.
We are fed a constant stream of images by the media of what “ideal” beauty is. Are we offended by this? No! People love to look at beautiful people! Does it make us feel bad about ourselves? Apparently, not enough to actually do something about it. Because the latest numbers say that 69% of us are overweight, and doing nothing about it.
Personally, I applaud every time an Elmo doll malfunctions and cusses a kid out. Don’t we tell kids “sticks and stones…?” That’s a lie, of course. A kid has to learn better and he has to decide if he’s going to believe all the terrible things Elmo says about him.
Stop Accepting Yourself As You Are
That is 69% of us who are content to not look as good as the media and apparently Legos tell us we should look.
Here’s the thing. Even though we tell people to love themselves and accept themselves for who they are, we don’t really mean it. That message was never meant to be taken to heart. Shows like The Biggest Loser are all about people not accepting themselves for who they are! It’s a show about people who tell themselves every day, “I’m not good enough, and damn it, I’m going to do something about it!”
That’s what’s wrong with us. While we tell people to love themselves for who they are, we don’t really want them to. That’s why we’re fat, stupid, and depressed. We should be telling each other you can do better than this. When we accept ourselves, we stop trying.
What say you? Are girl’s toys offensive because they reinforce negative stereotypes, or because they are just generally crappier versions of the boys’ toys?