Some parents, group, call new legos 'sexist'

April 17, 2012 2:35:33 PM PDT
There is concern about some new Legos.

Some parents say the Legos are sexist.

The dolls come in a box labeled for kids 6 to 12 years old.

"We don't like the short skirts or the breasts," said Dana Edell, of Spark.

Dana Edell is with a group called Spark. The letters stand for "sexualization, protest, action, resistance and knowledge."

She says she loves Legos, but that this sells girls' imaginations and boys' short.

"There are no boys in this world. And what, boys can't have friends? That doesn't even matter to boys?" Edell said.

Eyewitness News wanted to hear from Lego, but they never got back in touch to talk about this.

What they are doing is meeting with Edell and others from Spark after 55,000 people signed a petition to say kids deserve better.

The argument is not that girls should not or do not like bakeries or cafes or cupcakes. It seems to be they like other things too and other adventures.

"We would rather see them having adventures too, like the boys," Edell said.

Out at the park, surrounded by girls in sweats and bows and dresses and sneakers, Eyewitness News asked a dad whether these toys worried him and what his daughter's reaction would be.

"She'd probably just say they look pretty," the dad said.

Opponents say that is the issue.

"So for people who are watching this and saying, 'aw come on, these are just toys', they are not just toys, they impact how we see the world," Edell said.

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