On the Bonfire – Re-blogging and Ranting

Lego Advert 1981 This constant ‘genderising’ of everything is driving me insane, and it seems to be getting worse. IN the 1980s we have the following, fabulous Lego advert. Then in 2012 we had the whole Lego Friends controversy.Now it’s not the sets themselves that bother me – I actually like some of them. It’s the marketing. They have “For Girls” all over the box.
This of course leads to two problems: First it suggests that the other sets are only for boys and second, that boys cannot play with these sets. The same is true of the whole Rebelle series of Nerf guns.When, and by whom, was it decided that pink and purple were for girls and orange and green were for boys? Personally, I like purple and orange but not pink and green.
OMG! I’m having a gender identity crisis – or just maybe assigning gender to colours is crap and people should be able to like what they like without worrying about what ‘message’ it sends!
Then again what would be even nicer is if we stopped thinking in binaries altogether, since not everyone considers themselves to fit within the gender binary.

Good Morning, Good Morning!

bonfireboxes1 copyTheme: Get it off your chest.

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Written by Emmeline May*, Brilliant Guest Blogger

Lately I’ve been building a bonfire in my head. It’s a pretty big bonfire. I’ve stopped expressing myself in actual words and have found myself merely screaming “F**K THIS SHIT. PUT IT ON THE BONFIRE!” at the computer screen. Or the TV screen. Or, on one occasion, at my friend across the table at lunch, which surprised her so much she dropped her fork.

The bonfire is made, largely, of pink and blue boxes. Pink boxes contain all the things which tell women how and what they are meant to be and like. Blue boxes contain everything men are meant to do and be and want.

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