Lego Adds More Women Scientists – But are They Too "Distractingly Sexy"?

By James O Malley on at

It has been a rough few weeks for scientists in the aftermath of the row over Tim Hunt's sexist comments, so here's some good news: Lego is making more scientist Lego sets.

Scientific American has revealed that the forthcoming Space Port and Deep Sea Explorers set will come complete with women characters – something that seems refreshingly progressive, even though it shouldn't be.

The company will also be releasing a Big Bang Theory set in August, which unlike the show itself, will render the women characters in a full three dimensions:

The new releases follow the success of the Lego "Research Institute" set, which was originally fan-created, and led to the brilliant Lego Academics Twitter account:

 

 

 

[Scientific American]