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LEGOs For Everyone?

April 20, 2012 by


LEGO recently decided to expand their product line to appeal more directly to young girls. Sounds good, right? WRONG. The new LEGO sets have curvier female figures, pink colors, and domestic settings—and they’re already the target of a pretty silly witch-hunt by feminist group the SPARK Movement. SPARK claims the sets promote a sexist, antiquated […]

Liberate Women, Reduce World Hunger

March 7, 2011 by


Foreign governments that restrict women’s freedoms are severely retarding global economic progress. The United Nations released a report today indicating that the number of hungry people in the world might be reduced by 150 million if women worldwide were allowed equal access to tools, resources, and markets. This isn’t revelatory. Women are over 50% of […]

The Economics of the Swimsuit Issue

February 28, 2011 by


What’s more exciting than the release of Sports Illustrated‘s Swimsuit Issue? How about economists talking about the Swimsuit Issue?—or, more precisely, economists arguing about whether or not the Swimsuit Issue creates negative externalities for average women? As far as I can tell, the debate started with an old post on Suzanne MacNevin’s blog, Feminist Truths. […]