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Gender-Neutral Toys In California?

Added 10-11-21 07:31:02pm EST - “A remarkably large number of laws are enacted not because they will do any good, but for their symbolic value, especially when such value is perceived strongly by a constituency of one party or the other. This is, in my opinion, one…” - Powerlineblog.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Powerlineblog.com: “Gender-Neutral Toys In California?”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

A remarkably large number of laws are enacted not because they will do any good, but for their symbolic value, especially when such value is perceived strongly by a constituency of one party or the other. This is, in my opinion, one of many signs of the decadence of our democracy.

A case in point is the much-touted law, just passed in California, that has been described as requiring gender-neutral marketing of toys. Axios has a useful roundup of the coverage under the headline “California mandates gender-neutral toy aisles for large retailers.” (Links omitted.)

California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed into law Saturday a bill requiring large retailers to provide gender-neutral toy sections, per the Los Angeles Times.

Why it matters: California is the first state to adopt such a law. LGBTQ advocates have pointed out that marketing methods using pink and blue hues “pressure children to conform to gender stereotypes,” AP notes.

* The Consumer Federation of California supported the law, saying: “Keeping similar items that are traditionally marketed either for girls or for boys separated makes it more difficult for the consumer to compare the products and incorrectly implies that their use by one gender is inappropriate,” the Sacramento Bee reports.

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