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LITTLE STYLE :: When it comes to LEGO® bricks, pink is just another color

Modern legos for girls

This is my daughter. That is her LEGO collection.

You may notice a light smattering of pink.

Ah, pink. Nothing gets bloggers’ undies in a bunch faster than the mention of pink LEGO bricks. I might even lose my blogger card.

Can you imagine the kerfuffle in 1962 when LEGO introduced motors? The audacity! The nerve! The beginning of the end of children’s creativity!

Thankfully, there were no bloggers in 1962.

So, let’s skip forward a bit and start where most of the LEGO diatribes begin: the now infamous 1981 LEGO ad. It’s completely endearing and delightful! And it advertised universal building sets. The universal building sets were awesome.

LEGO 1981 ad

But pink bricks alone hardly will destroy a girl’s — or boy’s for that matter — childhood.

Pink is just a color.

By vilifying pink LEGO sets, we give a color (a color!) far more power than it ever should have. When we gasp at pink bricks, we’re saying the toy is more powerful than the imagination of the child playing with it.

Let’s chill out. It’s just pink. And besides, this color isn’t the worst thing Lego is introducing to our children. I present to you . . . The Simpsons in LEGO form, coming February 2014.

So, let it go. Shake your pinkophobia out.

In a few more days we’ll all have something else to blog out.

New Legos are not harming little girls. Pink is just a color

Guest Blog

Guest Post: Join Me in Turning Every Light ON for Earth Hour 2011

My brother Andy recently posted this as a note on his Facebook account.  With his permission, I’m re-posting it here.

Lit lamp against floral drapes - Earth Hour 2011

Today Earth Hour happens. At 8:30PM we’re expected to turn our lights off for an hour. Join me in turning every light in the house on for an hour.

I do this to protest the increasing trend of meaningless social causes.

You want to make a difference? Turn the lights off every day for an hour. Turn your air conditioner up a little or don’t turn it on right away at 5PM when you get home. These things will save you money, and that’s actually meaningful. Educate yourself on energy source options. Attend public planning meetings for local and regional utilities. Consider upgrading your furnace or hot water heater a little sooner than you need to. Turn your lights off and go for an hour walk because it’s good for your health. Turn off your lights and go check the air pressure in your car tires. Still want to feel like you did something socially meaningful? Turn the lights off and call your grandmother, she won’t mind if you chat in the dark. Go down to the local VFW and shoot the bull with a veteran. Smile at the checkout girl when she hands you your receipt; if said checkout girl is at the VFW, tip her. If she’s good looking, make her day easier by making yourself not memorable; nobody likes a creep.

Wearing a certain color on a certain day isn’t going to save the koala habitat, not pumping gas for a day isn’t going to break the structure of the oil economy, and turning your lights off for an hour isn’t going to save the world. Participating in things like this does more harm than good. People get the warm fuzzies, think they did something, and never get around to doing actual good or making a real change.