Amazon makes toy department gender neutral: 'Boy' and 'girl' search filter removed from online market

Katherine Rushton, Daily Mail, May 08, 2015
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Another step in the right direction. "the online retail giant has deleted the ‘boy’ and ‘girl’ buttons from its online menu, which is designed to help shoppers choose which toys to buy." Critics are complaining that it is an attempt to ‘nanny’ shoppers. But of course it is the opposite of nannying. It's letting people make their own decisions. One critic says, "There is a biological difference. We should stop trying to blur the gap between sexes. If you want boys to be girls, and girls to be boys, this is how to do it." Exactly. If we want to do away with rampant gender-based stereotyping, this is how to do it.

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