|Are pink roses just for girls?|
But I can understand the objections. Why do girls need a separate range in a soft, feminine colour scheme? Isn't this social conditioning at work? Are we to infer girls won't want to construct something unless it's pink/purple and preferably rooted in the domestic/social sphere? As if to counter this, the Friends Lego website is currently promoting a 'race day' set complete with brightly coloured go-karts and girly drivers.
|Mia's Tree House from Friends Lego|
Credit: Lego website
Really, it should be about choice. I'm as guilty as anyone. When my son picked up a silk rose in Laura Ashley the other day and thought it might look nice in his new bedroom, I tried to talk him out of it. My instinctive reaction was: silk flowers are not for boys! But why on earth not? Let's celebrate all sides of our culture and let everyone play with whatever they want. I'm glad to say we bought the rose for my son and I also ordered a pink Lego set for my friend's daughter. And, when I was a little girl, my favourite toy was a Fisher Price car garage. Vive la différence.