Lego : Stop gender-stereotyping your minifigures!

Lego : Stop gender-stereotyping your minifigures!

    1. Siouxsie Wiles
    2. Petition by

      Siouxsie Wiles

      Auckland, New Zealand

One of the greatest things about being a parent has been rediscovering my love of Lego. My husband would probably say I am obsessed. I love the stuff. I can spend hours and hours playing with it. My 7 year old daughter and I eagerly await each new series of minifigures. But with each series comes the inevitable questions from my daughter: “Why are so many of them boys?” “Girls can be [mechanics/painters/divers] too, can’t they?”. “Of course!” I tell her, my heart sinking as I see the same old gender stereotypes being reinforced.

I’m sure Lego will say that things are improving. It's true, there were only 2 female minifigures in series 1 and there are 5 in series 11. And one of them is a scientist! But there is always room for improvement.

So here is my idea.

Why not give the faces a male character on one side and a female character on the other? Instead of playing to the same old stereotypes, why not stand up for our children and let them decide what gender they want their minifigures to be?

This won't just be good for our daughters but our sons too. Maybe they want to be nurses and aerobics instructors!

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Stop gender-stereotyping their minifigures!

Sincerely,
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    • Grant Burley WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND
      • 3 months ago

      I love lego, so do my daughters, however as they get older the options are limited to very gender specific themes, time for change.

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    • Finn Maunder-Gildea WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND
      • 10 months ago

      I had to sign this just to get the word out, If you want to have a mechanic that's a woman, put a woman head on it

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    • Boop Boop SOUTH PASADENA, CA
      • 10 months ago

      The mechanic is a good idea. I'd love to see a fire fighter and an oil rig worker/miner.

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    • Gabby Freeland AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND
      • 10 months ago

      When I was growing up, I liked playing with Lego, but it frustrated me that all the characters were boys.

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    • Linda Hogg AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND
      • 11 months ago

      I want my grandchildren to be free to make their own choices on what they want to do in life without feeling awkward that others may think it is not an occupation suitable to their gender.

      Whether Male of Female I want them to feel that they can do anything!

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