I don’t wanna say “fuck customers”, because I understand why people do the thing I’m complaining about… but really, it’s annoying to see people purposely misplace “gendered” items, ie boys clothes hanging up in front of the girls clothes.
So, I get the message. People want boys’ science-y shirts (or sport themed, etc) for girls, vice verse. Personally I don’t have a problem with that. If I see a boys’ shirt that doesn’t have something similar for girls, I just buy the boys’ shirt for my daughter. My issue is what I feel is ignorance towards the employees you’re creating more, and mostly unnecessary, work for.
These people think they’re sending a message straight to corporate. Managers, and their bosses above them, aren’t gonna get this message. The message they’ll get is that their employees “aren’t doing their jobs.” This could result in negative consequences (harsh store meetings, hours cut, raises withheld, etc) for employees, because hey that’s retail.
The most effective thing you could do is contact corporate directly. Post on their social media, visit their website and click on that “Contact Us” link. I feel these aforementioned techniques work because a lot of stores will listen and work toward catering to this clientele (like Bullseye removing gender signs for their toy section, the Place for Children playing up the brains instead of beauty message for girls, etc).
Don’t be the type of person who misplaces stuff on purpose because you think you’re sending a message. 😓 I get what you’re trying to do, but it affects sales associates - not corporate.
ok but let’s think about when Dipper first starts his transition, he cuts his hair and stops wearing feminine clothing, but he worries that he still looks too much like a girl, too much like his twin sister, especially if she’s just wearing a plain shirt and pants and puts her hair up and they just end up looking identical again. So one day he blurts out to Mabel that he worries that no one will ever take him for a boy because they look too much alike, and Mabel’s like “oh don’t you worry bro, I’m gonna embrace the crap outta my femininity, so that everyone can tell that you’re my brother” and she busts out the glitter and the bedazzler and she gets to work modifying her sweaters to be as girly as possible and she grows her hair out and always wears cute bows and hairbands and sure enough, no one has any trouble discerning which of the two Pines is the brother and which is the sister