California Democrats have proposed a bill that would ban labeling “girls” and “boys” toy and clothing sections in stores, and conservative commentator Candace Owens has some sharp thoughts on the move.
“California has proposed a bill to ban boys and girls sections in toy and clothing stores to create a “safe space” for children. They want to fine retailers 1,000$ for using the words ‘boy’ and ‘girl,’” Owens said in a tweet over the weekend. “I cannot put into words how positively despicable Democrat politicians are.”
California has proposed a bill to ban boys and girls sections in toy and clothing stores to create a “safe space” for children.
They want to fine retailers 1,000$ for using the words “boy” and girl”
I cannot put into words how positively despicable Democrat politicians are.
— Candace Owens (@RealCandaceO) March 6, 2021
Owens’ statement came after the bill in question was introduced in the California Assembly by members of the Democratic supermajority Evan Low and Cristina Garcia. The bill would require any retailer with 500 or more employees to “maintain undivided areas of its sales floor” to create a “safe space” for kids, while online retailers would be required to “dedicate a section of the [site] to the sale of those items and articles that is titled, at the discretion of the retailer, ‘kids,’ ‘unisex,’ or ‘gender neutral.’”
The bill, Assembly Bill 1084, denounces “unjustified differences in similar products that are traditionally marketed either for girls or for boys.”
“As much as I’d like to think of this as watershed legislation, this is something the industry is already doing. We’re just trying to play catch-up,” Low told The Sacramento Bee in a recent interview.
The assemblyman developed the legislation after hearing of the frustration of a staffer’s daughter after trying to find a science-related toy in the “boys aisle.”
“That was the impetus of this, which is how do we make a safe space today for children in society,” said Low, who also serves as chair of the California Legislative LGBT Caucus. Assemblywoman Garcia chairs the California Legislative Women’s Caucus
If the bill passes, it would take effect on January 1, 2024 and, as Owens noted, would impose a $1,000 fine on retailers who fail to comply.
Although some retailers, such as Target, are voluntarily phasing out gender-based aisle signage, making progressive values mandatory is just the California way.
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