Remember when artist Nickolay Lamm created a representation of a realistically-proportioned Barbie doll based off of the body of an average 19-year-old? The internet applauded his efforts, and through his stark visual comparison between Barbie and the average girl, the public began to seriously question the effects of the impossibly thin, tall, and full-chested doll on the relationship between young girls and body image.
Possibly in ... Read More
BY Andrea Stopa in General on Feb 11, 2014 |
This 1981 LEGO ad featuring this adorable red head and a very feminist and very true message about children, creativity, and leaving the whole gender stereotype thing at the door, has recently blown up a lot of news feeds:LEGO was selling "Universal Building Sets," and saying specifically with this image that being a builder, creator, or inventor, is never gendered.
Unfortunately, the reason this ad has resurfaced with a vengeance is because LEGO doesn't ... Read More
Don’t you just hate it when all the boys get to swim with the sharks and the girls get left behind standing stiffly on the shore? Let me explain: while LEGO manufactures male figures all dressed and ready to go on riveting and imaginative adventures, the females are often stuck twiddling their non-opposable thumbs.
But thanks to vocal adult and child collectors, that’s beginning to change; after all, the company recently released a ... Read More
“Have you ever seen anything like it?” reads the copy for this 1981 LEGO advertisement. And no, we haven’t; unlike modern marketing campaigns wherein gender lines and norms are all but drawn in the sand, the ad features a young girl simply enjoying her toys.
The image betrays no sign of the contemporary assumption that girls need special products differentiated from boys’ toys through color, shape, or content. As The ... Read More
Ladies are central to the kid’s television series Adventure Time; I’d go so far as to assert that Marceline the Vampire Queen is one of the most elegantly drawn and complex female characters on TV today. Unfortunately for us girls, McDonald's has excluded all female characters from their new collection of Adventure Time happy meal toys. Yup, that’s right; there isn’t a bubblegum pink dress in sight!
Apparently, the toy ... Read More
Stella – Montecchio, Italy
For one of the most moving photo series of the year, titled Toy Stories, the photographer Gabriele Galimberti (spotted via Feature Shoot) traveled the world in search of children with the toys they loved. Moving from Texas to Haiti and everywhere in between, the artist spent time with his young subjects in hopes of discovering the differences and similarities between the way children of diverse backgrounds connect to ... Read More
Ever since I first saw the beautiful claymation creation Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer, I yearned for a stuffed animal from the Island of Misfit Toys, that glorious realm of toys that had been rejected for flaws, big or small, in their construction. These stuffed animals were one-of-a-kind; they were inexplicably soulful, both sorrowful and enduringly hopeful.
When I stumbled upon the work of the brilliant toymaker Matlyak Tatiana, my ... Read More
Barbie’s place in adolescence and constructed femininity has baffled psychologists and feminist alike: on one hand, she’s a patient confidante onto which girls might project their hopes and aspirations. But she also espouses limited and damaging views on female roles, bodies, and sexuality. She sends conflicting messages, passively listening to you for hours while remaining inhumanly cold. As girls, we intuitively pick up that Barbie is ... Read More
As children, many of us turn to our toys to navigate our developing identities. Sometimes, our dolls serve as surrogates; we parent them the way we see our children parenting us, and we identify with them. Photography operates similarly: as teens, we might dog-ear or collect magazine images that appeal to our expanding sense of self. Since so many dolls and photographs in mainstream fashion magazines present a grossly limited definition of femininity, it ... Read More
Pink is for girls, and blue is for boys. Girls want to be pretty; boys want to be smart. We’ve heard this nonsense before, yes? Well, it seems like companies are finally catching on: 1950s gender norms and prejudicial limitations should stay in the past. The present is about empowering children to dream and play however they wish! That’s why Goldie Blox is basically the best ever. A biting response to all the toys that teach us that brushing our ... Read More