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Wait, a toy company published *what* in its magazine for girls?

Thankfully, she's trying to fix it for them.

Wait, a toy company published *what* in its magazine for girls?

LEGOs.

(Yep.)


What kid doesn't love 'em?


You can build almost anything with them!

Here is an incomplete list of things you can build with LEGOs.

A Millennium Falcon.


(Su-weet.)

A dinosaur park.


(Oh, the dinosaurs are in there alright. Biding their time, waiting for the perfect moment to strike.)

A complete, working, modern American city.

(Infrastructure = super fun!)

The whole point of LEGOs is to build things.

Unfortunately, it would seem that LEGO has been a little confused on this point lately.


Yup. Beauty tips. For girls. In a LEGO magazine.

Now, it might seem like things like blow drying, headband styling, and how to cut your hair if you have an oval face really have absolutely nothing to do with LEGOs...

(Because that's accurate. They don't. That's why it seems like that).

...but LEGO apparently thinks that publishing beauty advice instead of ways to build a bigger, more awesome death laser space cruiser is the only way to win over girls these days (or, probably more accurately, their parents' wallets).

Boo.

Anyway, enter Maia Weinstock. She's an editor at MIT News.

As an editor at a prestigious publication at one of America's premier universities, she spends most of her time hanging around being awesome, but in her limited down time, she made a LEGO set....

FEATURING WOMEN OF THE SUPREME COURT!

It's even got its own trailer.

Weinstock pitched the concept to LEGO, hoping that it could inspire young girls to see real, accomplished women as heroes.

Unfortunately, LEGO rejected it, telling Weinstock, "that it was in violation of their rule that they don't accept sets related to 'politics and political symbols.'"

Which is probably news to this guy.

(Honestly, Abe...)

And this house.


(That's some majesty right there.)

But whatever.

I sincerely hope LEGO comes around sooner rather than later because, honestly, we gotta get this thing into production. It's cool, it's bipartisan, and most importantly, it's far better for young girls than disturbingly intricate discussions of face shape.

Here's how to contact LEGO. Let them know they should start making that Sandra Day O'Connor action figure you never knew you needed until now.

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