A brilliant (and egalitarian) letter to parents included in Lego sets of the 1970s has taken the internet by storm.
And despite the scorn and scepticism of every debunker on the web, it looks like it is real.
The letter states up front that "the urge to create is equally strong in all children. Boys and Girls."
"A lot of boys like dolls houses. They're more human than spaceships. A lot of girls prefer spaceships. They're more exciting than dolls houses."
"Let them create whatever appeals to them."
Here's the letter:
Lego had it nailed in the 70's pic.twitter.com/jw2pD3Obiy— henrywarren (@henrywarren) November 22, 2014
And here's the proof:
— Merrin Macleod (@merxplat) November 23, 2014
For a while it did look too good to be true. Boing Boing worried about the typeface, while others noted the letter was printed in "Germany" not "West Germany" as might have been expected at the time. But it looks like it's real.
Indeed Lego has form on this:
1979 LEGO ad - no pink and talks about how she can build. When girls were actually just kids. Need to get back there. pic.twitter.com/aCwvxEcK4b— Princess Free Zone (@PFZinc) November 20, 2014
But also until more recent times stuttered on the issue, as noted by Anita Sarkeesian.
Fortunately they do a better job these days: