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M&S admits gender neutral changing spaces dividing opinion

M&S defends gender neutral changing rooms
M&S has defended its gender neutral changing rooms
// Gender neutral changing rooms policy prompts boycott call among safety claims
// M&S points to policy as having been in place for three years amid divided public opinion

M&S has responded to boycott calls by reminding people that its rule to allow customers to choose fitting room has been in place for the past three years.

The policy has prompted some shoppers to call for a boycott of the department store retailer , while others have praised its inclusive message, according to reports in The Daily Mirror.

M&S has confirmed that its changing spaces are ‘gender neutral’, sparking an ongoing furore including messages of support and outrage.

A spokesperson for M&S said that “as an inclusive retailer” when shopping for clothes, customers can choose the fitting room right for them.

In response to a question on Twitter regarding who can use which changing rooms, the spokesperson said: “While they are mainly used by customers of that gender, as an inclusive retailer and in line with most other retailers, we allow customers the choice of fitting room.”

This sparked calls for a boycott with #boycottMarksandSpencer trending on Twitter, and many arguing this would make an unsafe space for women.

READ MORE: Is gender neutral clothing the next big thing for retailers?

One user said: “I have been a regular shopper at M&S since I was a teenager.

“Few times a year, every year. Clothing only.

“I shall not return to your shop until you provide female only changing rooms & I am advising friends & family of your unsafe policy.”

Another said: “We need to boycott any retailer who refuses to take the safety and dignity of women seriously”

Others have supported the policy, with M&S not alone in its approach and Topshop introducing the same approach as far back as 2017.

One said: “I love it when hashtags like #boycottMarksandSpencer do the rounds. I’ll be doing more of my shopping there, as there’ll be less chance of running into bigots!”

Another supporter of M&S policy said: “I wondered why #boycottMarksandSpencer was trending and was totally unsurprised to see the usual transphobic bulls***.

“I’m amazed TERFs even leave their houses given how terrifying they find the idea of being in the vicinity of other people because they could turn out to be a man.”

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