Target is removing gender labels from most of its children’s departments after customers complained about signs designating certain toys for girls.
The kids bedding section will no longer feature boy and girl signs, and the toy department will be without labels and pink or blue paper on the shelves, Target said on its website Friday. Gender labels will remain in the kids clothing section because of sizing and fit differences.
Retailers have been moving away from gender stereotypes, and some startups have emerged to break down the divide in kids clothing and toys. The signs that sparked the dispute at Target were for building sets, like GoldieBlox, that are aimed at girls.
“As guests have pointed out, in some departments like toys, home or entertainment, suggesting products by gender is unnecessary,” Target said. “We heard you, and we agree. Right now, our teams are working across the store to identify areas where we can phase out gender-based signage to help strike a better balance.”
In June, Ohio mom Abi Bechtel called out Target’s gender designations in its toy aisle. She posted a photo to Twitter that showed store signs for “Girls’ Building Sets” next to regular “Building Sets.” The outcry was swift, with angry shoppers calling for change.