Lego’s female scientists ‘Research Institute’ set attacked for ‘sexist’ waist lines

Lego is about to launch a new “Research Institute” playset with one unusual feature — all the scientists in the set are women.

The set features three scientists (an astronomer, a chemist and a palaeontologist) at work. And even better, it doesn’t even make mention of the fact that they happen to be female scientists.

It’s the result of a “Lego Ideas” petition, by which Lego fans can submit prototype sets and have them made if selected by Lego after a fan vote.

But the set has still drawn criticism, after it was noticed by some that the women scientists appear to have oddly reshaped waists.

Geochemist (and designer of the original set) Dr Ellen Kooijman wrote in her exclusive preview that the set looks well-made and true to the original concept.

“It was important for me to convey the message that most scientists wear casual clothing; only a few institutes have strict dress codes (apart from safety clothing worn in labs, of course).”

But she notes that the figures appear to be wearing makeup which she does not encourage because it “may cause contamination of the samples.”

Over at Jezebel Kelly Faircloth writes: “Even Legos must be perfectly hourglass-shaped, it seems. It’s like they used Photoshop for plastic”…

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Honestly, are these people crazy or what?

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