Cross-posted at Jezebel.

Scholars have noted that “action figures” and “dolls” tend to be pose-able and non-pose-able, respectively, reflecting the idea that boys are encouraged to be active agents and girls passive objects.  With this in mind, j_l_larson devised a way to alter dolls in order to make girl toys that can do things.  Thanks to Kelly for the link!

(1) Take some dolls:

(2) Chop’em up at the joints:

(3) Rejoin their joints with wire and super glue:

(4) Put them back together and play!

See the full instructions at Instructables.

Lisa Wade is a professor of sociology at Occidental College and the co-author of Gender: Ideas, Interactions, Institutions. You can follow her on Twitter and Facebook.
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