Can a little girl grow up to be an astronaut? Should she be allowed to love skateboarding? According to Pottery Barn Kids, rocket ships and skateboards are are designated only for boys—or at least for items that come in colors popular with boys.
As KPIX Consumer Reporter Julie Watts reports, Pottery Barn Kids was criticized this week for refusing to allow a little girl to personalize her turquoise and purple backpack with a dragon patch. The dragon and several other patches were designated only for boy backpacks in colors like navy, grey and dark green (though there was a gender-neutral red option).
Source: Pottery Barn Backtracks On Gender-Specific Backpack Designations
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In addition to her interview with CBS San Francisco, mom Sarah Murdough took to Facebook to call out Pottery Barn Kids. (Note to moms: if customer service can’t help, turn to social media!)
Following the backlash on social media and in the mainstream media, Pottery Barn agreed to change its policy on the gender-specific patches. However, the retailer stopped short of commenting on its policy for personalizing other products.
Read More At CBS San Francisco:
SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — Pottery Barn is backtracking on a policy that prevented shoppers from ordering “boy” patches on “girl” backpacks.
6-year-old Brady wanted was a personalized Pottery Barn Kids backpack, but Pottery Barn refused to personalize it the way she wanted.
So what do you think?
Should retailers still be designating boy/girl products as gender specific? Does it have a psychological impact on your kids?
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Little Jackalo says
Losers that talk about gender stereotypes are the worst. I NEVER hear anyone talk about that in real life; only on Twitter. That’s not how the real world works. Catering to a miniscule portion of the population that whines about “gEnDeR sTeREoTyPeS” is absurd. And attention seeking parents that even mention things like that in front of their kids, should have their kids removed from their household. They’re the parents (mostly the mothers) that push their son into being a girl because he put on a dress when he was 4 years old. Just so they can go into the kid’s school and tell the teacher and other parents that her son is a “girl” now. (Or gay, or noon binary, or whatever else the loser parent decides she wants to get attention from.) They love that other parents are taking about them. They have a fantasy that the other parents are commending her for being open minded, but in reality they talking about how sick she is.