Many of you have probably heard that LEGO has recently decided to make some "girl-specific" LEGO sets. When I heard about this, I was a little peeved. I LOVED playing with LEGOs when I was a kid. My mom still has a big box of my LEGOs that Mini-G and I play with when we visit. I always considered LEGOs to be gender-neutral. Apparently I'm not the only one that thinks you don't need to change LEGO for them to be appropriate for girls to play with. And one of them, Ann Garth (who happens to be a 14-year old who may be one of the most awesome people on the planet) wrote to LEGO about it. In the letter, she makes a lot of good points. For example:
If you want to appeal to girls, create more sets. Expand your horizons. But instead of expanding into stereotypical girl territory, try hooking a bunch of boys as well by creating a library set, a computer room set, or a boat set. What about one with a soccer field, or a pool? Or- and I know that this may be shocking- what about simply giving kids the same old blocks in the same old colors and letting us make beautiful?
A fantastic letter, written by an awesome young woman. Are you listening, LEGO?