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I Too am Boycotting Target

So Target has now begun allowing transgender individuals to enter into the restroom that they identify with by the gender of their choice, rather than biologically. Tough call, all the way around, and no matter what, somebody’s going to be offended. But what that means is that if a man begins to identify with feeling like a woman, he’ll be allowed to waltz right on into the women’s restroom- no questions asked. And vice versa for women.

I think a pretty simple solution would be to offer up a unisex bathroom for transgender individuals. That may seem course to some people, but heterosexual people have rights too. Heterosexual individuals have rights to feel safe in public restrooms. Not everybody is down with sharing a bathroom with the opposite sex, publicly.

I don’t have any issues with transgender individuals wanting special bathroom privileges. For them, they feel infringed upon being made to use the bathrooms that they’ve been forced to use all their lives. I can understand them not wanting to have to use the bathroom that they belong to “biologically”. And they have rights too. But that doesn’t mean that heterosexuals need to have their rights stripped away in the process!

This opens up the door for every sexual predator to have instant and immediate access to their victims. And that’s the problem I have with this whole thing. What about the rights of children? What about the rights of adolescents or tweens who are old enough to be in a bathroom without their parents, but not old (or strong) enough to fight off a sexual predator who has been given total access to the women’s restrooms? All they have to do is say that they identify with being a woman. Period. It’s that easy.

I watch a lot of crime shows, and have noticed a trend in many of these shows. For some reason, predators tend to prefer Target department stores, following women out to their cars and kidnapping them in broad daylight. Well now they will no longer have to. They can walk right into the women’s restrooms!

Way to go, Target.

Today I signed the boycott against Target stores, along with more than 375,000 other people, and am inviting any of you who read this to do the same.

You can sign the boycott against Target here. 

 

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10 responses

  1. brittainj

    Agree!

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    April 24, 2016 at 11:00 am

  2. YVONNE BECKWAY

    They should just use the family restroom. Most Targets have them. Woman use them for changing babies and when they need to keep a couple little toddlers with them, and when you think about about How many transgender people are in the store at the same time and have to use the facility at the same time? The family restroom works in my mind. That way whoever uses could be . . . whatever. Even people like me that prefer a little privacy when I need to test my blood and take an insulin injection. Good article/write B. Thanks! xx

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    April 24, 2016 at 11:23 am

    • That’s an excellent idea, Y. Unfortunately, they’re allowing the opposite sexes in the fitting rooms too now. Seriously. I can’t believe things have gotten to this point in the name of “equality” Dressing rooms?! Crazy…

      April 24, 2016 at 4:23 pm

  3. I have always felt not competent in voicing my opinion on these matters, because there is no problems like these in my country, simply because there is no toilets (sad, but true!). The places that do have them are either unisex or split and you always go to the male one because female ones have 1h ques, most of the times! It is never, EVER, vice versa though. My highschool had only male restrooms because few females were attending the school and we were forced to hold it in, use a urinal or 1 of the 2 stalls where my fellow students would always leave a mess. I think I even entered the bathroom like 2 times in four years. My point is, even if they had more stalls or something, I would feel so uncomfortable doing my stuff while knowing there is men outside. Discovering your identity and everything is fine, but I am all for unisex toilets, preferably where you go one at a time. I just don’t see the need for things changing to make anyone feel special, without touching the fundamental rules and imposing on another’s safety.

    April 25, 2016 at 7:33 pm

    • I think you’ve voiced these issues very well, O. In short, if it’s not broken, don’t fix it, eh? ;0) I think what was at the heart of this matter was, not long ago, Target offended the LGBT audience and many people had sworn them off. This is their way of trying to keep customers, so what is at the root of all of this is money. (No surprise.) They’re trying to win back their LGBT customer base, but without considering their other customers. It’s a big mess, really. I don’t see why big corporations should make big political moves- they should just keep selling socks and stuff…heheh…

      April 26, 2016 at 3:13 am

  4. Just for clarification, is this about safety or privacy? Both are important. I ask because safety between men and women is often discussed. Privacy is another issue. What about women that are attracted to other women and vice versa? It seems we are accustomed to be around only our biological gender, when really we might have an issue with bodily functions in general. Fitting rooms are behind closed doors, and many clothing stores are gender neutral.

    May 5, 2016 at 9:40 am

    • It’s really about safety. My primary concern isn’t for transgender individuals who identify with their opposite sex biologically- it’s important that they have a place that they can go and use the restroom or change clothes in a place that they identify with gender wise. They may feel infringed upon having to use the same bathrooms, etc. (For example, ifa a biological male who is in transition and identifies with being a female wants to use the female restroom, he/she should be able to do so because it’s not fair to make him (her) use the men’s restroom. To that person- that is the same as telling a biological female that she must use the restroom with males from here on out.)

      So, I can appreciate those circumstances. So that’s not my primary concern. My primary concern is for men who are psychosocial sexual predators who will now be able to simply say “I’m transgender” and be given easy access to their prey. It’s as simple as that. To minimize that possibility, transgender individuals should be allotted their own restrooms/changing rooms.

      Another thing is, heterosexual males and females have rights too. They have a right to feel safe in the restrooms. Keeping it same sex (biologically) doesn’t assure they will be, but the chances of same sex predators assaulting individuals in the restrooms are much less frequent and almost never happens.

      So yes, this is (primarily) about safety.

      May 5, 2016 at 9:51 am

      • elmediat

        What is the frequency of of sexual predators cross dressing ? One would assume that anyone sufficiently able to affirm their gender preference would all ready be dressing in that manner .

        I think that people are getting their knickers in a bit of a knot and that many who simply to not differentiate between homosexuals, transgender and sexual predator will be jumping on this bandwagon of as a means of imposing their “religious” beliefs (prejudices). Check the WordPress tags for Target and Target stores and there are some very emotional responses. The store, the employees and anyone who goes they are somehow anti-Christian and pro-Islam.

        I tried to find more data online about sexual predators and Target Stores, but could not find anything. Only your page showed up, so assumed you are referring to material from your courses.

        I really think the sexual predator threat is exaggerated – similar arguments are directed against the openly gay. “They should go in their own washrooms, not our washrooms, where children might see the diversity of human beings.”

        We are in a transitional stage; here in Ontario seeing same sex couples being represented on commercials for laundry detergent or tooth paste is no big deal. Neither are mixed face couples and families. Mass Media conveys values, beliefs and ideologies and businesses are realizing that marginalizing parts of the population ( gender, race, ethnicity, age and sexual orientation ) cuts into the bottom line of profits.

        Hopefully these Washroom bills will start a more balanced discussion.

        May 9, 2016 at 4:27 pm

      • Well, my concerns aren’t for transgender individuals, or cross-dressers, etc. but for those out there who are absolutely psychosexual predators (mostly males) looking for an even easier way to access their prey (mostly females). it’s not even about the issue at hand, as it were. I watch a lot of true crime, and my Dad was a cop. Based on collected and inferential information -and statistics- most psychosexual killers are males and they do indeed prey upon females. So, that’s what bothers me the most is that Target is now giving those in that group (only) free reign to be able to attack young females behind closed doors where cameras are not allowed. That’s what my argument is about here, and that’s enough for me to boycott Target- absolutely.

        May 9, 2016 at 5:16 pm

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