Women of Computing

Alan Perry aperry at snowmoose.com
Sat Dec 4 17:52:45 CST 2021

I was just now catching up with my LEGO Ideas e-mail (I went through my 
cctech mail first :) and see that the Women of Computing set was put 
together and proposed by the same woman who did the Women of NASA set.

As far as my wife, she is active in two local LEGO user groups and was 
the one of those club's liaison with LEGO (until last month when the 
club lost its official club status with LEGO). Seeing LEGO this close is 
sometimes not the best idea if one wants to remain an enthusiastic 
supporter of the company.

On 12/4/21 3:29 PM, Adrian Stoness via cctalk wrote:
> Lego puts poly pocket to shame. I agree with urwife and thank her for her
> work lobbying lego plz keep it up itsthe truly universal toy of everything
> On Sat., Dec. 4, 2021, 5:24 p.m. Alan Perry via cctalk, <
> cctalk at classiccmp.org> wrote:
>> LEGO is not doing this. This is part of the LEGO Ideas program, ideas
>> for LEGO sets submitted by the LEGO user community. Someone proposes a
>> set to the community and, if it gets 10,000 votes from the community,
>> LEGO will consider making an official set out of it. Other examples of
>> LEGO Ideas sets are the Saturn V rocket and ISS.
>> This set was likely inspired by another Ideas set that went through the
>> process and became an official set -
>> https://www.lego.com/en-us/product/women-of-nasa-21312
>> LEGO itself has been a bit behind the curve on including female minifigs
>> in their sets. My wife is active in the AFOL (Adult Fans Of LEGO)
>> community. She has been lobbying LEGO for more female figures for much
>> of her life, partly because LEGO was considered a "boys'" toy when we
>> were growing up. (We were born at the beginning of Gen X FWIW.)
>> alan
>> On 12/4/21 12:09 PM, Brielle via cctalk wrote:
>>> See, if it had been presented like that, it would likely have not
>> elicited the same response.
>>> It’s sad, but I understand the reason why they are doing it.  Lego has
>> always been a bit progressive - even going as far as in commercials that
>> girls can play with legos too.
>>> Unfortunately, the ones that throw the term ‘woke’ around like that tend
>> to have pretty strong feelings about a “woman’s place in society”.
>>> Sent from my iPhone
>>>> On Dec 4, 2021, at 12:55 PM, newsgroups at micromuseum.co.uk wrote:
>>>> On the contrary I consider it implicit that they played an equal role
>> - and the need to make toys to indicate it is somewhat sad.
>>>> -----Original Message-----
>>>> From: cctalk <cctalk-bounces at classiccmp.org> On Behalf Of Brielle via
>> cctalk
>>>> Sent: 04 December 2021 19:53
>>>> To: General Discussion: On-Topic and Off-Topic Posts <
>> cctalk at classiccmp.org>
>>>> Subject: Re: Women of Computing
>>>> Using the term ‘woke’ these days is a great way to render any point you
>> are trying to make moot.  Great way to make people people not take you
>> seriously.
>>>> He may as well have just come out and said, “It triggers me and I don’t
>> like having to acknowledge that women exist in the field of computer
>> history.”
>>>> — Brie
>>>>> On Dec 4, 2021, at 12:43 PM, Jason Howe via cctalk <
>> cctalk at classiccmp.org> wrote:
>>>>> I'm curious what your definition of 'woke' is, because it seems
>> grossly misapplied in this instance.
>>>>> --Jason
>>>>>>> On 12/4/21 10:20, Chris Long via cctalk wrote:
>>>>>> Great.....not.
>>>>>> Why do we need woke Lego?

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