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It doesn't matter whether the research found that minidolls are more girl friendly or not. Some girls like minifigures. Some girls don't. Reaching out to the girls that don't like minifigures with minidolls will mean more sales. It doesn't matter whether this sub-group of girls have been socialized to think that their toys should look like more like humans than a minifig or whether it was their natural instinct. I also believe they have better marketed their range to girls, by including figures in the form that these girls wanted. Also including new colours helps too, although (some) boys like the newer colours too. (Some) boys even like the minidoll forms, especially when they are male characters including the new elves.
They don't need to publish the results, or even find that minidolls are better than minifigs for (all) girls. Their sales have shown that (some) girls want to buy sets with (i) minidolls and (ii) more pastel and bright colours than the primary colours that they were previously using in the majority of sets. The toy market is sexist, in that it talks to consumers in different ways depending on their gender. As are most markets. Clothes, cars, food, cosmetics, books, movies, ... they are all marketed differently to both genders.
And it is not suprising that advertising even breaks down gender groups. Not all girls are the same. Neither are all boys. All girls should not be expected or forced to like the same thing, same for boys.
I think lego does fairly well on the racism front. They remove race from City by having figures of no identifiable race. In minidolls, they have two main skin colours based on their target Western markets. As to sexism, again I think they do well. Nowhere do they say on,for example, SW boxes that these toys are for boys. Same on City. Same on Creator. If girls want to play with them, then they are able to and nothing is stopping them. However, some girls don't, some girls tend to be more "girly" girls and don't like them. Should those girls be ignored and either have to play with the existing toys or should they get a choice of lego sets in the colours they like, with figures they like? If making the sets that they like is sexist, surely an alternative point of view is that not making the sets they like is just as sexist. The latter is saying that "girly" girls cannot play with lego, unless they change their ways and act more boyish. Lego are just as sexist on the other side as they do not cater to more "boyish" boys, ones that like more aggressive scenarios. They don't cater at all well for boys (or indeed a smaller proportion of girls) that like military games. Similar gore and horror and not well catered for, something that tends to be more male associated. Yet here, the argument is clear. Lego don't want to do it in their range, so they don't. It doesn't mean they are sexist for not catering for that audience. Just as if they did cater for it, it wouldn't mean they are sexist for providing something that more males like than females.
And given that there are dozens of Stephanies and Olivias wandering about my house, the Friends gender ratio is probably much more skewed.
I was shocked that there were as many female minifigs as reported above.
Statistics for last year show that more whites were killed than black. There is, however, a number of UI race killed (CNN study).
Studies also show that when applying for job, men tend to sell themselves better than women and aren't afraid to ask for more money.
What the hell is a "white name?" That's racist.
A lot of Orchestras do blind auditions where the auditioned I behind a curtain and the identities are hidden. Go to PASIC one year. There are practice auditions you can go to.
Sounds like you are judging our society based on a hand full of events... Such a shame. Get off the bandwagon. You are like those white people at the protest on tv that wear "black lives matter" shirts. ALL LIVES MATTER. I understand the meaning behind the statement, but if you are trying to tell me I love under a rock when I never said racism and sexism don't exist, you must live in a far left heaven to say that its everywhere the "white man" is. Grow up
Stopping a list after 3-4 examples isn't judging on a handful of events- besides, you did the same thing.
Oh- And of course there are "white sounding names". John sure as hell sounds a lot more Anglo than Juan. George and Jorge. Andrew over Andre. I could go on all day and I only did "boy" names. I had a friend in school named Tashena- you can't tell me you would have guessed she is white if you saw her name on a resume.
I would have guessed Tashena was white ... if she was in the UK. It sounds like a fairly modernised middle class name that are becoming more popular here.
My examples were in response.
So names like William, Aaron, Vanessa are white names? While I understand what you are saying to suggest that names are race specific is ignorant. Esp with the increase in interracial couples, there are plenty of names that aren't stereotyped to their culture
Based on the numbers in the Brickset database, Friends has 9 of 106 and Princesses has 3 of 16. 8.5% and 18.8%, or 9.8% combined.
Friends: 9/96 (9%)
Princesses: 3/15 (20%)
Elves: 3/10 (30%)
Total: 15/121 (12%)
It looks like Elves will go down to 20% after the summer sets, while Friends will remain about the same.
I'm sure someone has written a paper with regard to these circumstances.
This time I'm also giving a bit of information on the other figures in the sets these female minifigures are in.
(I'm using BRICKSET's data base for this information just so ya know)
1993 ICE PLANET BABE (I am not making this up and I don't think BRICKSET did either, that's what she is called.) (Is this figure wearing earrings?)
She's in two sets: 6973 DEEP FREEZE DEFENDER ( 2 males also included)
6983 ICE STATION ODYSSEY (2 males also included)
1998 INSECTOIDS-FEMALE, BLUE DIAMOND UNDER CIRCUITS DARK, GRAY ARMOR
She's in three sets: 2965 HORNET SCOUT (1 droid minifigure also)
6907 SONIC STINGER
6909 SONIC STINGER (PROMOTIONAL PACK)
(Technically she's really in only 2 sets because 6907 and 6909 are really the same set)
1999 INSECTOIDS- FEMALE, BLUE DIAMOND UNDER CIRCUITS
She's in one set: 3073 KANA BOOSTER (POLYBAG)
(This is basically the same mini as 1998's INSECTOIDS but without shoulder pads)
2002 ASTROBOT FEMALE SANDY MOONDUST
She is a promotional mini (POLYBAG) given away at WORLD SPACE CONGRESS' HOUSTON, TX, USA
2009 SPACE POLICE 3 OFFICER 9-FEMALE
She's in one set: 5974 GALACTIC ENFORCER (2 human males, 2 alien males, 1 statue and 1 droid also included)
2011 ALIEN CONQUEST REPORTER
She's in one set: 7065 ALIEN MOTHERSHIP (1 male alien also included)
(This is the only female in the SPACE theme that actually has a female torso)
ALIEN DEFENSE UNIT SOLDIER 5,FEMALE
She's in one set: 7066 EARTH DEFENSE HQ (2 male aliens, 2 human males also included)
2013 ASHLEE STARSTRIDER
She's in one set: 70705 BUG OBLITERATOR (1 male alien, 1 robot, and 1 human male also included)
So there you have it. It's interesting to note that the only female figure with a female torso is the reporter in 7065. All of these other females are only distinguishable by their "eyelashes" and lipstick.
It's really only an AFOL problem.
I'd still like them to put both male and female hairpieces into their sets, such as the creator ones like small cottage. It would be a cheap way to make the set more appealing to girls.
I think the difference is the quality of the sets and more aggressive advertising.
It is worth noting that there have been SOME female minifigures without makeup. In a bit of an odd case, the 2012 Samurai X/Nya minifigure had eye makeup and lipstick on her default neutral expression (just as the 2011 Nya minifigure had worn) but no makeup on her new scowling expression. Child minifigures like the Grandma Visitor also generally do not wear makeup. And there are definitely some other faces that are generally treated as gender-neutral which lack lipstick or eyelashes.
But also, I do not always think of the lip printing of minifigures as lipstick/makeup at all. When it's in a subtler color like nougat or medium nougat (i.e. the types of colors that might be used to represent facial lines on figures of both genders), I think it can just as easily represent the lips themselves. And yes, I know having lips a different color from the rest of one's face is not a uniquely female trait, but neither is having eyelashes. I think both are fairly harmless as symbolic gender identifiers as long as they're not played to extremes (in other words, not all eyelashes on female figs should be so long and full that it can only be interpreted as mascara, and not all lip printing on female figs should be so brightly colored that it can only be interpreted as lipstick).
Not all racism or sexism is overt discrimination. I am not accusing you or society in general of being equivalent to the KKK. But just because the laws officially prohibit discrimination doesn't mean people aren't still prejudiced and biased. Even good, honest people who think they know better.
The Friends Lego line is a perfect example of good honest people not combating the inherent sexism in society. I'm not convinced that intrinsic differences in girls make them (in general) want to play with minidolls vs minifigs. Yet Lego's market research supposedly "proves" that. Well, nothing is proven. All we have is a product line that in some ways competes with its regular product line. Yes there are lots of good aspects to the Friends line: the models are nice, nothing is dumbed down (build wise, anyway), and the colour palette is great (but sexist - it's a nice complement to the existing colours though). But just look at the gender ratios between the various themes. Friends and other minidoll themes skew heavily to female, and minifig themes skew heavily to males. That seems like a less-than-ideal situation to me.
You still don't get that society isn't racist it people.
Any its not apparent through text, but I'm not angry/trying to be mean with this debate, but its a discussion that will never end and never resolve cuz people will feel the way they feel regardless. Lets just try keep discussion about Lego.
Then you can see in the next years when they made the smiley face they still tried to define the sexes with the same headwear.
Then they made the female face more distinguishable by adding "eylashes" and "lips".
I'm in no way saying that this is a bad thing or a good thing. I think it shows that LEGO has always been trying to appeal to boys and girls from the beginning.
It's quite rare for an adult female torso to not have curves. This one would normally be considered male:
It makes me wonder if it was designed as a male, then changed to female later in the process.
Another problem with the study is only white and black children were studied. Sample size was really small at approx 200. Not saying that all the things I've read are more reliable, but again soft sciences.