Two California state legislature Democrats introduced a bill last week that would force retail stores to offer boys and girls’ clothing, toys and products in one gender neutral section. This goes for online retailers too.
Assembly Members Evan Low (D–Cupertino) and Cristina Garcia (D–Los Angeles) introduced the controversial bill.
In a state that has been overly unfair to their legal citizens and businesses for years, Gov. Gavin Newsom and his communistic socialists followers in the legislature, continue hammer their pandemic related lockdowns and harsh restrictions.
Most California retail stores are only allowed to operate at 25 percent capacity. This proposed bill would ensure nails in the coffin of some retailers who can’t afford it and those struggling to remain open will be burdened with even more expenses.
Not only has this government social engineering deprived citizens the right to work and assemble publically, regulating how companies market their products online and in their stores could potentially raise more First Amendment challenges.
Brick-and-mortar shops would have to display the majority of their products and clothing aimed at children in one undivided, unisex area on the sales floor. They’d also be barred from putting up signage that would indicate whether a product was intended for a boy or girl.
California-based retailers that sell children’s products online would also have to have a page on their website that offers these products in a general neutral fashion. The bill would allow retailers to title that section of their website “kids,” “unisex,” or “gender neutral.”
The bill is nearly identical to one that Low introduced last year, he said, “This is an issue of children being able to express themselves without bias.”
Low dropped the bill in May 2020 as he was pressured to prioritize COVID-19-related priorities. Back then he stated, “the policy behind this bill is not only important in regards to addressing perceived societal norms but also ensuring that prejudice and judgment does not play a prominent role in our children’s lives. I look forward to working on this issue in the future.”
If passed, stores that did put dresses in a separate girls section could be charged with a $1,000 civil fine. The policy would only apply to retail department stores with over 500 employees.
There are clear political and social motivations behind this bill, namely to use the state to compel “inclusivity” and encourage the “self-expression” of possibly confused inclinations at a very young age.
Rachel Lu, who earned a PhD in philosophy from Cornell University and teaches at the University of St Thomas, has strong opinions about raising children gender-neutral. As a Robert Novak Fellow, she is currently researching criminal justice reform. Her non-academic work can be found in Touchstone Magazine, the Public Discourse and Crisis Magazine. She is also a former Peace Corps Volunteer. This is her stance:
Here are some published cons: