In the latest episode of “Legislating Wokeness,” California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill on Saturday that would compel retail stores to sell gender-neutral toys for children. As the bill made its way through the Golden State’s leftist legislature, it garnered no small level of criticism from those pointing out the authoritarian nature of such a law. Nevertheless, the wokeist crowd appears to have won out this time.
California Mandates Wokeism
The new law, which will go into effect in 2024, requires retail stores with more than 500 employees to “sell some toys and childcare products outside of areas specifically labeled by gender,” according to the Los Angeles Times. These stores will still be allowed to sell children’s products in traditional gendered sections if they so choose.
Democratic Assemblyman Evan Low, who introduced the legislation because apparently California doesn’t have more pressing issues, attempted to explain why the measure isn’t a gargantuan waste of time.
“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 a dinosaur,” he said. “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?”
Low recounted how the daughter of one of his staffers gave him the idea when she asked why she had to go to the boys’ section to find some of the toys she wanted. “Children have a very unique way of saying things that provide some common sense,” he explained. “I think it’s important that we as a state are demonstrating our values of diversity and inclusion.”
Campbell Leaper, a professor of psychology at UC Santa Cruz, told the Times: “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.”
Leaper explained that toys are also tools to help kids practice skills they will need later in life. He suggested that having gender labels can lead to “disparities among genders,’ adding:
“No one thing is determinative of where a person ends up in life, but you know these all have a cumulative effect and, especially during childhood, children spend so much time in play with toys that it’s their workshop when they’re growing up in terms of learning about different kinds of things.”
Failure to comply with the new law could result in fines of $250 for a first offense and $500 for additional violations.
Leaper said boys and girls sections create a stigma for children who are gender non-conforming or exploring other gender identities.
Having a section for gender-neutral toys might be an appropriate choice for some. The quality of the idea is not the important part of this particular story. Using the state to force business owners to sell their merchandise in a way that is acceptable to the wokeist crowd is the very definition of authoritarianism, which is a key tenet in the woke religion.
But what is particularly concerning is how much further the state’s legislature can force wokeism into corporations. The government already compels companies to have a certain number of women on their boards of directors. With a legislature dominated by far-left Democrats, the Golden State is bound to continue its march toward socialism as more residents and businesses flee for less Marxist pastures.
~ Read more from Jeff Charles.