In solidarity with LGBT activists, Target announced Tuesday that men would be allowed to use their women's bathrooms and vice versa. The backlash has been swift and strong. As of Monday morning, the American Family Association's petition to boycott the retailer approached half a million signatures. Meanwhile, #BoycottTarget has stayed among Facebook's top ten trends all weekend.
In an attempt to demonstrate to the LGBT community that it was fully on board with the transgender bathroom movement, Target announced last week that its mens and womens bathrooms and fitting rooms were open to people of the opposite biological sex.
"We welcome transgender team members and guests to use the restroom or fitting room facility that corresponds with their gender identity," the retailer announced Tuesday. "Everyone deserves to feel like they belong."
"Target's policy is exactly how sexual predators get access to their victims."
American Family Association
Though LGBT activists and the left-leaning media have cheered Target's declaration, many aren't so thrilled about their daughters being forced to share bathrooms with men, as the trending #BoycottTarget movement and AFA's petition demonstrates.
In its call for a boycott of Target, the AFA strips away the political correct phrasing and puts the debate in stark terms, saying Target's policy really "means a man can simply say he 'feels like a woman today' and enter the women's restroom...even if young girls or women are already in there":
Target's policy is exactly how sexual predators get access to their victims. And with Target publicly boasting that men can enter women's bathrooms, where do you think predators are going to go?
Clearly, Target's dangerous new policy poses a danger to wives and daughters. We think many customers will agree. And we think the average Target customer is willing to pledge to boycott Target stores until it makes protecting women and children a priority.
AFA offers one "common-sense approach and a reasonable solution" to the transgender issue: just offer a unisex bathroom that the trans community and those who want privacy can use.
As for its warning about the potential dangers of allowing men to use women's facility, the AFA provides a list of alarming incidents where ill-intending men took advantage of similar policies:
KTLA.com: DA: Cross-Dressing Man Secretly Taped Women at Macy’s
Western Morning News: Cross-dresser branded 'high risk' to women
NBC Connecticut: Teen Coerced Into Food Court Bathroom for Sex: Cops
Abc7news.com: POLICE: CALIF. LOCKER ROOM SUSPECT USED DISGUISE
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Greensburg man who photographed cheerleaders to be tried
UPI.com: Cross-dresser arrested in bath house
St. Petersburg Times: Cross-dressing man sentenced for battery