Dad Complains About Sexist 'Hey Babe' Stickers for Kids & Discovers Most Americans Have No Problem With Street Harassment

lego constructionAs a parents, one comes to expect certain standards from the companies which manufacture the toys we waste our children's eventual college funds purchasing: Durability (hopefully); the capacity to entertain our kids for brief intervals ... maybe even teach them stuff! At the very least, we assume the playthings we buy our kids will be appropriate. So you can imagine the shock Massachusetts dad Josh Stearn experienced when he realized the package of LEGO stickers he bought his 4-year-old son included the image of a construction worker waving and shouting “HEY BABE!”

Stearns posted photos of the stickers online, writing: “I was so disappointed to see the brand affiliated with a product that normalized street harassment and cat-calling."

A pretty awesome thing for a dad of two sons to do, if you think about it. Now there's a man who must be raising his boys right! They might actually RESPECT women someday, can you imagine?!

Anyway. Two rather surprising things happened next. First, a representative from LEGO contacted Stearns to apologize for the sexist construction guy cartoon, explaining that the stickers had been licensed by a separate company called Creative Imagination and were discontinued in 2010. Nice! Gigantic corporations don't go out of their way to say "sorry" to individuals on a regular basis.

The second surprising thing was not so nice, unfortunately. See, the public didn't have as positive a reaction to Stearns' complaint as LEGO: Commenters all over the internet slammed the dad for being an "oversensitive" and "silly" jerk with nothing else to do all day but complain about "fluff."

Well, that's disturbing, huh? People actually went out of their way to criticize this concerned dad for being ... concerned about a sticker normalizing sexual harassment?!

I guess that clears up the question of "who buys this crap, anyway?" Lots of people who think cat-calling is perfectly acceptable. Hmm, wonder if their boys will grow up respecting women?

Do you think this dad was right to be concerned about the cat-calling LEGO stickers?


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CadesMum CadesMum

Wow, so saying, "Hey Babe" on the street is "street harassment" now?

lulou lulou

Yes, and I think in the past couple years Lego has been trying to be more appealing to girls.  I think that helped motivate them to do the right thing here.

nonmember avatar Jules

Did not even know they put stupid stuff like that on toys. Why would they think that belonged there? Sure, the dad is right and he may be helping someone to think twice about their behaviour.

fave82 fave82

Oh wah .

nonmember avatar Katie

Gross. "Hey babe", "Hex sexy".. that last one really gets me. I've heard a lot of young kids using the word "sexy" nowadays. Sexy, meaning "sexually interesting or exciting". Kids are growing up way too fast now. It's pretty sad. If I heard my child casually call a girl (whether he knows her or not) "babe", or "sexy" I think I would have a heart attack...

nonmember avatar Gretta

Yes. Obviously. It's inappropriate. Unnecessary. And stupid. And frankly rather insulting to hardworking construction workers who spend their time working not heckling women.

PonyC... PonyChaser

Sorry. Much ado about nothing. One sticker does not "harassment" make. AND they were discontinued two years ago, which tells me that these things didn't sell well in the first place. Further, if your kid is so impressionable that ONE sticker is going to turn him into a lascivious dirtbag for the rest of his life, then you have WAY more problems than that sticker...

LostS... LostSoul88

Some people bitch over anything!

nonmember avatar MammaMel

I agree that it's a terrible sticker. However, I do find it odd that in an article that you are talking about women being objectified that you are so surprised that a father of boys should find it wrong. I've been reading alot on here lately making back handed comments about parents of boys being ok with this stuff. We aren't. Just because we don't have girls doesn't mean we don't respect them, and it doesn't mean we don't raise our boys to respect girls.

nonmember avatar kaerae

He taught his son the right lesson, who cares what anyone else thinks, he did his job.

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