California became the first state in the nation on Saturday to adopt a law requiring major retail stores to provide neutral player shares under a law signed by Governor Gavin Newsom.
The new law, which comes into effect in 2024, states that retail stores with 500 or more employees must sell other toys and childcare products outside of designated areas. Vendors can continue to provide more toys and childcare items in traditional boys and girls sections if they choose.
Newsom did not comment on the signing of the bill, one of several announced in the last batch of legal measures against the year.
Assembly Bill 1084 continues to undergo a gradual transformation in the far-fetched industry by selling more and more children’s products under female culture, said Assemblyman Evan Low (D-Campbell), who introduced legislation. Target dropped the boys and girls parts of the toy in 2015, and some vendors have since moved away from selected female names.
“Part of it is to make sure you’re a little girl so you can get a police car, a fire truck, a periodic table or a dinosaur,” Low said. “And the same thing, if you are a boy, if you are an expert and want to play with light, why not? Why should you feel embarrassed to say, ‘Ah, this should be embarrassing’ and go somewhere else? ”
Low said the daughter of one of his co-workers blew the bill when the girl asked why she had to go to the boys’ section to look for toys.
“Kids have a better way of saying things that make sense,” Low said. “I think it’s important for us as a country to show our diversity and inclusion.”
Democratic representatives have received criticism of the so-called ruling nanny country as the petition went through the Act this year, with opponents arguing that the government should not tell an independent company to plan or display its products.
Campbell Leaper, a well-known professor of psychiatry at UC Santa Cruz, said companies began using female colors and pink and blue symbols to advertise products especially for girls or boys in the 1940s and 1950s.
Psychological development research says children are aware of the roles of women from the third age and are concerned with female names, she said.
“We know from different types of research when they have those parts in their heads and when you write something for girls or boys, kids usually leave it when it’s said to another man or woman,” Leaper said.
Children use toys to learn skills that will be useful in their lives, and the ideas around which toys are acceptable to girls and boys can lead to inequality between boys, he said.
Children learn intermediate skills from building toys, for example, which can be useful later when they learn math in school. Similarly, playing with house sets or dolls teaches children social skills, which can improve their ability to communicate and form relationships, Leaper said.
“There is no prescriptive drug that will stop the flow of emotions, though their effects can be curtailed, and they can be debilitating, especially when they are young. “It can help promote that interest in the first place.”
Leaper said the section for boys and girls also sets the tone for children who engage in gender-based violence or seek out other male names.
“But even for children who are aware of their innate nature there may be some children who want to play with some of these toys, but end up avoiding them because they don’t want to be called unfamiliar in any way,” said Leaper.
Low likened his law to forward laws in California requiring publicly traded companies to add women to their corporate boards, forcing employers to produce pay data to improve male equality and requiring more single baths to use “all for women”.
Dealers who fail to comply with the new law will be fined less than $ 2,500 for initial violations and $ 500 for additional violations.