Target's bathroom policy has turned their Facebook page into a forum of debate.
After Target’s announcement this week on letting transgender shoppers use whichever restroom they feel most comfortable, The American Family Association (AFA) has asked people who disagree with the policy to protest the retailer.
The AFA, on their website, has made a call to action, asking members to contact the corporate headquarters and leave a message to say they disapprove.
“Target's policy is exactly how sexual predators get access to their victims,” the AFA website says. “And with Target publicly boasting that men can enter women's bathrooms, where do you think predators are going to go?”
The AFA has also set up a “Boycott Pledge” on their site which has already raised over 323,000 signatures.
Target’s Facebook page, has become a place, not to address customer concerns, but a hotbed of comments both pro and con.
In one thread (their first Facebook posting since the April 17 announcement) about cucumber sushi rolls, a customer writes her reaction to the transgender bathroom policy.
“No more Target! If Target is more concerned with a fraction of a 1% of people more than the safety and security of all the rest of their shoppers, Target doesn't deserve or desire our money!” - Mellisa Darden
Target responded with the following:
“We also offer a single-stall, wheelchair accessible, bathroom for guests who need more space or who are more comfortable with that format. – Andy” – Target
And another customer:
“When the privacy of 99.99% of the women is sacrificed for the convenience of the confused, it's time to find another place to shop.” - Gerald Agrimson
To which another person simply replied, “Bye.”
However, there are also customers who are not offended by the new policy. Some have offered solutions by posting alternative ways to use the facilities while shopping at the chain.
“At the Target where I shop, there is a bathroom next to the pharmacy you can lock. That's where I already take my kids. Perverts can also be non transgendered (sic) unfortunately.” - Christina Conner Peterson
“I thought this post was about coconut curry soup, which looks tasty! Thank you Target for realizing there was never a problem to begin with. Thank you for understanding that discrimination is wrong. Thank you for recognizing that hatred exists and standing up against it.” - Melissa Forgette
Target says that inclusivity is their core belief and that is something of which they celebrate.
“We stand for equality and equity,” they said in their April 17 announcement, “and strive to make our guests and team members feel accepted, respected and welcomed in our stores and workplaces every day.”