We believe that everyone—every team member, every guest, and every community—deserves to be protected from discrimination, and treated equally. Consistent with this belief, Target supports the federal Equality Act, which provides protections to LGBT individuals, and opposes action that enables discrimination.
In our stores, we demonstrate our commitment to an inclusive experience in many ways. Most relevant for the conversations currently underway, we welcome transgender team members and guests to use the restroom or fitting room facility that corresponds with their gender identity.
We regularly assess issues and consider many factors such as impact to our business, guests and team members. Given the specific questions these legislative proposals raised about how we manage our fitting rooms and restrooms, we felt it was important to state our position.
...and what a bold position it is.
Now the tough decision wasn't whether or not to reply back to him saying "stop sending me your stupid links" (like usual), nor whether or not to click the link (which I'm prone to do even if the previous reply holds true), but whether or not to take part in such a bold stance against venturing one of the greatest places known to man... the women's restroom.
Clearly I have nothing against women's bathrooms. For starters... they are SO much cleaner. Seriously guys, flush after you've unleashed hell in a toilet. On top of that the vast majority of the women's bathroos have diaper changing stations... PERFECT for us dads! Try finding that in 95% of the men's rooms out there. The icing on the cake: tons of women stroll in and out of there on a regular basis. It seems perfect for perverts like me, but please don't judge, I can't help the way that I am.
So, despite the obvious home runs, I considered AFA's proposal with an open mind nonetheless. I weighed all the plusses & negatives of this burden sent via Gmail. To keep an open mind I considered every possible drawback.
I mean, c'mon... we're talking about TARGET here. I'm pretty sure my mother purchased 100% of my clothing there when I was growing up... usually off the clearance rack, making it extra embarrassing to go to school some days. You can't put a clearance price on those kind of memories.
Fashion? Are you kidding me? If you had to put a gauge on fashion... with 1 being Wal-Mart and a 10 being Michelle Obama's personal closet, Target is a solid 2... maybe even a 3. It screams not-quite-the worst when talking about department store fashion. I can relate to that.
Where else can I possibly go to buy Mossimo? They were quite possibly THE COOLEST thing going back in my freshman year of high school. Sure that was roughly 14 years ago, but you never know... early 90's clothing may make the kind of comeback only bellbottoms and fedoras could rival.
Let's not forget the activewear. I literally have no idea where else they still sell Champion brand. I didn't even know they were still around, but sure enough, they are alive and well and living just beyond the men's section (a sexist phrase if I've ever seen one) at Target.
Walk another couple aisles further and you'll see the latest and greatest in sporting goods. Why spend the money on Adidas soccer balls when there's a perfectly good Franklin at a fraction of the price? Take to the links with a thrifty new Nitro golf set. What perfect day isn't complete without a ride around the neighborhood on a new Huffy bicycle? Maybe pick up a Punisher skateboard for that emo kid that of yours that refuses to ride along with you. He'll be the epidemy of cool when his friends see what a rebel he is on that. Love, no coupons necessary.
With all these activities you'd be silly not to pick up some extra Hanes X-temp underwear and socks. They're only available at Target... and everywhere that sells undergarments.
Man, I just made this decision REALLY hard on myself. While I've been talking about all the good things Target has to offer, that petition has grown from 631,115 to 643,396 (and counting). That's practically double what it was this morning.
Maybe what Target really needs to do is turn this inclusivity into a marketing campaign. Anybody can invite members of the opposite sex into their bathrooms and dressing rooms, but nowhere is there a cross-dresser section. How about the clothing for those who want to look like a man, but prefer the shape and fit meant for a woman? Bra sizes? IMPOSSIBLE for me to judge. Am I an A-cup? B-cup? I haven't completely let myself go, but how am I to know what to choose with all these gender-specific sizes?
Personally I would enjoy it a company just put everything in one section of their department store and said "here's where all the gay stuff is" so I wouldn't have to walk up and down every single aisle determining whether I would truly look gay in it or not.
If you're going to go all-inclusive... do it right Target.
Needless to say, I finally made my choice to sign the petition. What the hay. We don't even have any Targets down here anyway. I now live in the hometown of Wal-Mart. I'm already surrounded by stores that sell cheap crap I'll never want to buy (but will anyway because I'm frugal... provided I can't find it on Amazon first) ...and at least when I DO have to go there I don't have to worry about my daughters walking into a restroom and being met by a perve like me.