Leading retailers including John Lewis and Asda have been accused by Labour of being ‘sexist’ for forcing girls to buy sports kit which is marketed for boys.
Research carried out by the Labour Party found that John Lewis has a ‘Children’s Sportswear and Equipment section’, in which they stock ‘Football wear’, ‘Cycling’, ‘Martial Arts’, ‘Rugby wear’ and ‘Cricket’ under the boys section, but none of these categories are available for girls.
Supermarket chain Asda has a ‘Sports and Dancewear’ section for girls, but any girl looking for football boots, football shorts and rugby shorts would have to go to the shop’s Boy’s section.
Excellent news, don’t you think? For as we learnt yesterday, retailers have a habit of charging more for rather the same goods aimed at women, displayed in the womens’ section, than they do for goods aimed at men and displayed in the mens’ section.
This practice of non-segregation thus saves those girls money: fight against the patriarchy!