Already commonplace in countries like Thailand, gender-neutral public toilet signage is finally spreading across education institutions in the US. The University of California San Francisco (UCSF) has installed new signs that comprise only a pictogram indicating wheelchair accessibility or the word “restroom”, instead of pictures of a man or woman or family.
Now those who identify as transgender can have their dignity affirmed, says J. Renée Navarro, vice chancellor of diversity and outreach. “We are strongly committed to creating and sustaining a campus environment that affirms, supports and values all members of our community.”
Gender-neutral children’s clothing is another hot topic, reports the Associated Press (AP) and the Cable News Network (CNN). Apparently, top chain stores are taking notice of the research that gendered clothing can shape people’s views of themselves well into adulthood.
Professor of psychology and author of Parenting Beyond Pink and Blue: How to Raise Children Free of Gender Stereotypes (Ten Speed Press, 2014), Christina Spears Brown, stated recently: “Gendered clothing implicitly shapes children’s attitudes. It tells them that boys and girls are drastically and inherently different from each other.”
Paoletti says that up until now, manufacturers made irresistibly sweet pink rainbow-themed (for example) T-shirts for girls and cute-but-tough khaki and green ones for boys to increase sales as families started having fewer children.
Now savvy consumers are saying that adult women don’t buy pink sparkly clothing, so why should their daughters?
Category: Summer 2016