Feminists have targeted toys for decades. Today I ran across this comic claiming that girls want the exact same Legos as boys, and criticizing Lego’s Friends line. And a quick Google search turned up a video bashing Lego’s “Friends” lineup.
I am sure that some girls do like the same Lego sets as boys, as depicted in the comic.
But sales figures show those girls are a vocal minority. According to one research group, 95% of new products fail. But the Lego Friends line doubled expectations in its first year, despite those odds, despite feminist whining, and despite its relatively high price point – up to $130 per set!
This isn’t surprising. Progressives have always believed that they know best for everyone, ignoring the data. And many feminists would love to ban toys that target girls or boys. For example, an online poll at Debate.org found a stunning 21% of respondents believe the government should ban gender specific toy advertising. This exposes the narcissism of modern feminists. They believe they can and should be able to control the speech and voluntary trades of everyone else – despite their frequent claim to have the most tolerant of political ideologies.
To paraphrase Bill Whittle, human lives aren’t a train set. We can’t be tuned and directed by some grand planner. Trades between two willing parties can’t be stopped. When the government tries to halt voluntary exchange, a black market immediately forms to make up the difference. But authoritarians don’t understand that central control doesn’t work. And they similarly won’t accept that socialism and central planning has killed millions of people – 62 million people, according to economist Walter Williams.
Consumers don’t need to boycott toys for the sake of feminism. We don’t have to listen to people who want to control us. Buy the toys you and your children want – whether those toys are spaceships or pink nail salons.
Finally, if you have time, I highly recommend watching Bill Whittle’s video on this subject.
“The love of theory is the root of all evil.”