“Political Correctness Is Insanity” and More Reactions to John Lewis’s Gender Neutral Children’s Clothing
UK-based retailer John Lewis recently announced that in an effort to stop reinforcing gender stereotypes, they would refrain from labeling their kid’s clothing by gender. As a result, netizens have been seriously divided on the topic.
John Lewis will transition from separate kid’s clothing sections to one, labeled “Girls & Boys” or “Boys & Girls.” If you take a look at the website, some things — like Star Wars- and T. Rex-emblazoned pajamas — are already simply labeled “Children’s.”
As with all things these days, the internet has a lot to say about it. People went off on Facebook with comments like, “Let boys be boys and girls be girls! Stop this gender neutral madness now! Political correctness doesn’t lead to insanity! Political correctness is insanity!” and “When you come to your senses and have different ranges of clothes for boys and girls. Until then I’m not buying anything from John Lewis again.”
Naturally, Twitter had opinions too — including Piers Morgan, of course.
Britain is going officially bonkers. pic.twitter.com/tncRdoaejX
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) September 2, 2017
John Lewis pandering to the mentally Ill. There are two genders, male and female. https://t.co/onIzXbs78K
— Matt (@mtavp) September 2, 2017
John Lewis's introduction of 'gender neutral' kids clothes is a worrying sign of the times. Expect mental health issues to rocket. pic.twitter.com/cP3ayQCwd7
— Rob Howland (@HowlandRobin) September 2, 2017
LIKE JOHN LEWIS … GENDER NEUTRAL KIDS CLOTHING !!! WTF?….. BOYCOTTED
— BREXITNUTTER (@hardbrexit1) September 2, 2017
John Lewis caving in to vocal perverts who want to prey on children – removes gender sections on children's clothes. Pathetic.
— Brexiteer Gent 🇬🇧 (@Nationalism4UK) September 2, 2017
— Selah Ministries (@selah_blog) September 2, 2017
If John Lewis wants to be gender neutral it MUST change its name.
— Blizzard-Veritas (@Nuclear_jelly47) September 2, 2017
They weren’t all negative, though. While many people think this move will cause more problems than it will solve, others were happy that John Lewis is trying to do away with gender stereotypes from a young age.
— Efk (@MoontownMusic) September 2, 2017
John Lewis taking gender labels off clothes is honestly such a brilliant thing ✨
— zo (@zoe_mcghee) September 2, 2017
— Androgyny UK (@AndrogynyUK) September 6, 2017
Well done John Lewis. Unisex children's clothing and no more gender specific labelling 👏 https://t.co/sFsxsUS8LL
— Jonathan Haynes (@JonathanHaynes) September 2, 2017
John Lewis aren't suggesting that your children are gender neutral, they're suggesting that anyone can wear dinosaur prints. It's not hard.
— Sophie 🌈 (@riotSoph) September 3, 2017
How do people having a meltdown over #johnlewis cope with buying socks? I've seen them in gender neutral packs. Do our kids have gay feet?
— essers (@essers) September 4, 2017
What next, John Lewis, gender neutral toothpaste!? I don't want my son to develop girly teeth. I will never shoplift from your store again.
— paul bassett davies (@thewritertype) September 4, 2017
What do you think of John Lewis’ decision? Tell us @BritandCo!
(Photos via John Lewis)