Gender-neutral kids’ clothes: a peculiar obsession

Should you know someone who has just had a baby, I’d suggest you don’t look for a ‘It’s a boy!’ or ‘It’s a girl!’ card in John Lewis. I imagine they’ve all be thrown on the bonfire along with the ‘boys’ and ‘girls’ clothing labels, which the retailer renounced last week.

John Lewis has become the first department store to rid its shop floors of separate girls and boys signs and to label all children’s clothing ‘girls and boys’. Caroline Bettis, head of childrenswear at John Lewis, said: ‘We do not want to reinforce gender stereotypes within our John Lewis collections and instead want to provide greater choice and variety to our customers, so that the parent or child can choose what they would like to wear.’

  • canminuteman

    Bad move. This isn’t going to work out well for them.

  • Starlord

    Might as well roll out the Mao quilted PJ look. Looks great when your off to the reeducation camps.

  • Gary

    Last weekend i was at the beach to watch the Air Show and a couple stopped to see it while their child wanted to use the playground swings .
    I could not believe that this child ( around 5) was on a super-safe kids bike with a helmet, knee protectors and sun glasses plus a long sleeve top to reduce the cancer risks.
    At first I thought it was odd for the boy to have a girls bike but the boys clothes had fooled me because it was a girl by the name they gave it . The women also told the child that there are other girls to play with if you want to go to the playground .
    On my street I saw 3 kids playing on the lawn where two of the were related , but the mother had the boy in a dress to play along side his sister and her girlfriend.

    No wonder muslims put the hijab on their little girls. It’s to laugh at us inside that our society is imploding as more legs of the Foundation chair are removed where it will become useless and a bunch of wood pieces on the floor.
    Muslims also know that the gutless Liberals won’t dare attack islam but will continue to destroy the Western values out of spite even though sharia grows closer to being the law in Canada by-proxy via Diversity and Accommodation .

    • Alain

      This is another reason why I seldom leave my farm; it is better for my health not to venture too far away from it or my neighbourhood.

      • Gary

        I don’t bother to go to the Canada day festival at the beach because it’s really Multicultural Day where I saw each group self-segregate .
        We used to have laws for how to act on public land in a park or beach front. I saw beer being drank , loud music and liquor around babies , small fires from wood debris on the shore , Pot smoking , B-B-Q’s on the picnic table that were coal based , plus people on Electric bikes right on the Boardwalk when Bicycles are banned .
        We paid big bucks for the Martin Goodman trail that was built from the Palais Royale to the Humber River bridge all because of the Bike Lobby that wants free stuff for bikes but hate the cars that fund the bike paths via taxes.
        No matter what day I head down to the Beach from the Spring to Fall…. there are people or families strolling along the Bike path while bikes ride on the Boardwalk. They both wanted a place to walk and bike… million$ of dollars later we see people from both side that don’t care about the rules.

  • barryjr

    The picture says it all.

  • Tooth&Claw

    Babies don’t care what colors they wear. By the time a child is 2 or three they show a preference for certain colours and graphics. At least that’s been my experience. BTW all children want to try on their mother’s high heeled shoes if she owns a pair.

    • Sharkibark

      I have an adorable picture of my hubby as a toddler in high heels and a tiara. His mom sent it to us – as an adorable part of growing up, not as any statement. And yes.. my hubby is very much a man today.

    • True.

    • Surele Surele

      My little granddaughter loves cars and trucks but, boy, does she love her pink dresses, tiaras, bracelets and her princess dolls! Her big brother (at the age of four) declared: Daddy and I are boys, R. and Mommy are girls. out of the mouths of the babes.

    • Frances

      All our offsprings wore a fair few “gender-neutral” clothes as a matter of practicality, and I notice certain items of clothing are being passed down through the grands, regardless of sex. That being said, however, there were always some “gender-specific” clothes as well, worn mainly on special occasions.

  • Alain

    More rubbish. If you know someone who has just had a baby then you should know if you are dealing with a normal person or a sick person. Normal parents still know the difference between a boy and a girl and do not try to change them.

  • Hard Little Machine

    IT’S A MAMMAL!!!!!