#WorthRevisit, Boycott Edition

There’s a Target right around the corner from my house. I can walk there. And it’s good if I walk there, because then I’ll only buy as much as I can carry home. (But I digress.)

My husband has made it clear that he’s done with Target now. He shared this photo on Facebook:

Photo source: Facebook.
Photo source: Facebook.

The thing is, not only is Target pandering to a very tiny segment of the population, they’re also putting women and children at risk by doing so. There is nothing to stop some pervert from claiming that he “identifies as a woman” so he can gain access to restrooms or fitting rooms for the sole purpose of victimizing women and children.

Here’s a post from 2012, when there was another boycott of Target.

For about the past 20 years, my family has participated in the Life Decisions International boycott of companies that support Planned Parenthood. That means no Levi’s, no Johnson’s Baby Shampoo, no Texaco gas–among so many other things.

And then there’s the Dump Starbucks Campaign, triggered by their announcement that same-sex marriage is core to who they are and what they value as a company. More recently, Target announced that proceeds from a line of Pride T-shirts would fund the Family Equality Council.

Now, I don’t get Starbucks much; I don’t like their coffee. If I want a $4 fancy coffee, I’ll go to Panera and get my latte there. But Target is right around the corner and it’s my go-to store for a lot of things, replacing Wal-Mart, which is farther away and which has boycott issues of its own regarding labor issues, Chinese suppliers and more.

Maybe I’m just wimping out because this is hitting too close to home. But it’s starting to feel like I won’t have anywhere to shop if I support all these boycotts.

Do they do any good? Do the companies really care if I (not a big spender anyway) spend what I do spend someplace else? Does anybody care?

So, am I lazy? Tired? Wimpy? Is the devil on my back? Or do I need to find another way to make a difference?

I’ve pretty much given up on boycotting the businesses mentioned above, because I’m just not sure if the efforts bear any fruit. This time, though, I’m reconsidering.

Photo by Gerald Donnelly (2013) via Flickr, CC0.
Photo by Gerald Donnelly (2013) via Flickr, CC0.

Kathy Schiffer gives a good reason for signing on to this boycott:

the Target thing is gaining steam… and it seems to me that if Christians are going to make their case in support of privacy in public restrooms, they’d better do it in strength. For the merchandising company which Katie Couric has elegantly called “tar-JAY’” to lose only a few bucks would permit not only the management of the Target chain, but also other business leaders, to write off the concerned parents. So count me in!

In the name of protecting myself, my daughter, my friends and their daughters, I’ll be driving to some other store until Target changes its tune.
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I’m linking up with Reconciled to You and Theology is a Verb for #WorthRevisit Wednesday, a place where you can come and bring a past & treasured post to share, and link up with fellow bloggers!

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One thought on “#WorthRevisit, Boycott Edition

  1. I LOVE the photo your husband shared on Facebook. I have not seen that one, but it’s good! I have struggled with the boycott thing, too, Barb. It is frustrating and tiresome, keeping up with it all. Plus, it takes a lot of effort to change the way I do things. I know what I “need” at certain stores, and I can quickly go in and out. Now, I have to reorganize my errand days … and drive farther to Wal-Mart, which like you said has its own issues … Maybe more online and bulk shopping are in my future. I don’t know, but it will take time to figure it out! I really wish stores would remain nonpolitical and neutral … In the end, their real purpose is to serve us by providing us a place to buy our household goods. I really wish Target would think of the majority of their shoppers, which are moms with kids. That is their real “target” audience.

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