A while ago I wrote a piece on “Inclusive design”. Today I happened to browse through the text again and I stumbled upon the following passage where I talked about the old iconic gender neutral LEGO figurine that I prefer:
The same little humanoid played the role of astronaut, mother, robot, corpse, James Bond – pretty much whatever the playing child could imagine.
When I wrote that I did the following:
- I automatically associated the word “astronaut” with men (duh!)
- I automatically gave a girl’s play with the figurine the topic “mother”. This was to balance the previous male “astronaut” (duuuuh!)
- I added two neutral type characters, the robot and the corpse (ok)
- And lastly I included the stereotypical male action character “James Bond” (…)
Holy cow! And I didn’t even reflect over these choices when I wrote them. And what was the subject of that article again?