Sunday, August 16, 2015

Dear Target

Happy Sunday to all though I am a little post off. Fist my morning was kicked off not by my usual Meditation or Yoga practice but instead by my grandmas home attendant calling to share the news of a sleepless night. Second night in a row my grandmother hasn't slept and has caused the poor home attend to loose sleep as well. Darn you Alzheimer's I can work with the memories and other crazy stuff but Sleep!!! Omg cut me some slack. Your pushing my home attendants away and I need them! Ugh, if anyone has ideas of sleep aids please share. These disease really messes with concept of sleep, rest and time so I need all the help I can get.

So anyway after this call I need to Zen myself more than ever I pack my lounging bag with the new Maxim magazine my hubby Idris Elba is on the cover want to read that, pack my blanket, another book to read "I never promised you a Rose Garden", some lotion and bottle of water grab my sunglasses and keys get ready to close the door behind me when I hear...Thunder! Now I'm in the middle of some passing rain so again I have to change my plans.

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I remembered a story I heard on the radio Friday so I'll just talk to you about that and lounge at home for now. Seems our favorite store or just maybe mine, Target has a new thing going on where they are removing any specific gender related labels. No Girl's dept, no Boy's toy section, no Girl's bed settings etc... Now I've had enough of all these attempts at being politically correct and wrote them a letter, not really of course just on my blog and this is what I have to say.

Dear Target, first I want to thank you for all the product choices and reasonable prices you offer. Thank you for easy access and a great parking lot which saves me loads of trouble when my hands are full but now you are pissing me off. I like my signs, I like that I know where everything is, I like order. In all my years shopping in your store I have never seen at seven year old or twelve year old shopping by themselves. So who are you making these changes for exactly? Kids don't shop for themselves, we parents do. I am more than capable of moving around your store with great ease and purchasing whatever my child would like from whichever department I need to grab it from.


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I personally don't believe in gender exclusion if my child wants a race car set that's what I'll buy her, if I had a son and he wanted a kitchen set I'd grab that too. But to make large changes to accommodate a few is just "trying" to hard. I think parents are more than capable of going into any dept. and purchasing an item of clothing that fits who their child identifies with. All the throwing things into one melting pot just pushes people away if they at least don't even have the concept of respecting others. Now I may have to deal with a father making a derogatory comment about kids being confused, about not wanting his daughter to be around "that" kind etc.. So why not leave just well enough alone and instead promote a continues comfortable safe shopping experience?

Why not invest the energy in making your staff and your layout welcoming to anyone who decides to enter any where? Hope about installing at least one gender neutral bathroom and a few dressing rooms? I think that would be more reasonable than changing a whole store around. Again like I said earlier, kids aren't shopping parents are. We can read very well and make out own choices.

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Give people more credit, something to think about
Sincerely,
a Mom that likes to make her own choices.

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What do you think does changing a store into gender neutral benefit or hinder its chances of you shopping there? Does it invite more respect and acceptance to start removing all gender labels? How comfortable are you with gender labels in the wake of Transgender information being more accessible? Are you more accepting or even more confused? Please share your thoughts, let's talk for a minute.

Always stress free xo.

10 comments:

  1. It wouldn't matter to me either way. With the society we live in today, I guess Target just wants to let their customers know they are accepting of all kinds of people and lifestyles. It won't hinder me at all to shop there and still find my way around what I need for my daughter. God for Target,I say.

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    1. Hey Jennice always glad to see you visit and comment :)

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  2. I think it is just so strange. Our world now a days seems to get offended at the drop of a hat, yet our debt just rises. I bet the prices go up at Target now too. That is a bummer just to think about. I like Targets prices.

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    1. Deedra lets hope that isn't the case. I love their prices too, thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts, hope to chat again soon :)

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  3. Interesting I heard a little of the BrewHaHa including the guy who was "pretending' to be Target's social media guru on Twitter. I haven't shopped at Target in a while and definitely have shopped their toy section in over 15 years...so I guess I said all that just to say, "no comment" - lol

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  4. I take a slightly different stance on the whole thing. I don't think it is people being too sensitive. I think the labels were unnecessary to start with.

    As far as I am concerned, there is no reason why there should be block sets and girls block sets. Also a kid who is old enough to read might be ashamed if he wants a toy for a designated girls section. Should he not be able to by a kitchen themed toy without feeling bad? Or vise versa a girl should be able to buy a boy themed toy. Why are the labels necessary? Shouldn't people just be able to buy what they wanted without the store having to suggest the appropriate audience?

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    1. Carlee, welcome and thanks for sharing another great perspective I like those ideas too. Hope to see you here again so we can chat some more :)

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