Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Et tu, Target?

Say it isn't so!

I may not be a Slave to Target, but I am, or at least have been, a real devotee--I love Target. Tar-jhay. I love the way it brings affordable and cool design to the masses. I love how I always see people I know when I go to the majestic-looking Target on Arlington Ave., with the scrubby hills rising up behind it. I have been boycotting Wal-Mart for years, and always assumed Target was the antithesis of that evil empire. I guess I assumed wrong.

I recently learned that Target has been allowing its pharmacists to refuse to fill birth control prescriptions, including emergency contraception. Planned Parenthood writes: "Pharmacist refusals are a disturbing trend that can jeopardize women's reproductive health. Denying women timely access to health care is an act of discrimination that could lead to an increased number of unintended pregnancies."

You can sign a petition at Planned Parenthood to turn up the heat at Target. The women of Broadsheet have some great ideas to hit Target where it hurts, as well.


Rachel said...


Target may not be as evil as Wal-Mart, but it is an evil corporation beholden to the Republicans, nevertheless.

In fact, all three major retailers - Wal-Mart, Target, and K-Mart - are Republican. K-Mart may have merged with Sears, but Sears is Republican too.

Looks like Costco is the only way to shop Democratic... even though I don't have a need to buy in bulk, I direct as much of my spending to Costco as I can. Its CEO has a strong belief in returning the profits to the customers and the workers, and takes only $350K per year for himself. No wonder the WSJ-brainwashed financial analysts think Costco is taking a gamble!

gayle said...

Hi Rachel!

Thanks for this great info. I had heard that Costco was a "blue" business--I'm going to have to get a membership. I'm so sad about Target. I try to shop at local, independent stores whenever possible, but Target has always been one of my favorite stores. It's not going to be easy to wean myself away...