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CA Signs Law Requiring Large Retailers to Have Gender-Neutral Toy and Child-Care Sections

The new law applies to any CA retail store with more than 500 employees



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California’s Governor Gavin Newsom has just signed a “final batch of legislative actions weighed for the year.” Among them is a new law that will take effect in 2024, mandating all retail stores with 500 or more employees must have a gender-neutral toy and child-care product section.

California became the first state to adopt such a law. The Los Angeles Times reports the stores “must sell some toys and child-care products outside of areas specifically labeled by gender. Retailers can continue to offer other toys and child-care goods in traditional boys and girls sections if they choose to.”

Assemblyman Evan Low, a Democrat from Campbell, introduced the legislation to steer the retail industry away from marketing children’s products under “traditional gender” stereotypes; meaning “boy” and “girl.”

Low said the daughter of one of his staff members inspired the bill when the girl questioned why she had to go to the boys section to find certain toys, reports the Los Angeles Times. “Children have a very unique way of saying things that provide some common sense. I think it’s important that we as a state are demonstrating our values of diversity and inclusion.”

“Part of it is to make sure if you’re a young girl that you can find a police car, fire truck, a periodic table or dinosaur,” said Low. “And then similarly, if you’re a boy if you’re more artistic and want to play with glitter, why not? Why should you feel the stigma of saying ‘Oh, this should be shamed’ and going to a different location?” added Low.

Professor of psychology at UC Santa Cruz, Campbell Leaper, claims “we know from a variety of different research once they have those categories in their heads and if you label something for girls or boys, children will often ignore it if it’s labeled for the other gender.”

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  1. David M Lingenfelter

    October 11, 2021 at 12:56 pm

    I grew up in the 70’s…the Ken doll is the gender neutral toy. Barbie never liked Ken…she always went after the gender specific G I JOE.

  2. Slideglide

    October 11, 2021 at 1:21 pm


    Glitter for a boy seems homophobic in describing choices by an artistic male.

    The Left loves to stick their noses into the personal choices we all make.

    I have a feeling that most kids will want to be associated with “that” section.

    This is a moronic idea that will use up more retail floor space, and reduce it’s monetary income.

    Will the same toys be offered in the “special isle”, as in the boys or girls section?

    Will there be a sign like “confused” gender isle?

  3. Marge in WARD

    October 11, 2021 at 3:09 pm

    Seriously who is raising children that need this distinction??? I am 80 years old and thought nothing of playing with toy guns, baseball bats, etc as a child. Good grief…. these people have WAY too much time on their hands. Go do something worthwhile and gain some purpose to your life.

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