A Target t-shirt has been deemed sexist, and a petition has been launched to push the chain to remove the juniors clothing item from their store. The shirt, with the word “Trophy” emblazoned on the front, went viral on social media after some opponents claimed it perpetuated a rape culture and depicted women as objects.
The allegedly sexist Target t-shirt is sold both in stores and online. The Change.org petition was claims that the Trophy t-shirt suggests that women are “merely objects, not humans, to be used for men’s pleasure.”
— Jammin J Javi (@JamminJJavi) July 22, 2015
“The word trophy should not refer to any person, man or woman, because we are not THINGS- we are human beings,” the Target shirt petition goes on to say. “Labeling any person as a ‘Trophy’ is demeaning their humanity and objectifying them as a tangible object that can be bought, used, and disposed of.”
Molly Snyder, a Target representative, issued a statement about the Trophy t-shirt sexism protests.
“It is never our intention to offend anyone and we always appreciate receiving feedback from our guests. The shirt you’re describing is part of a collection of engagement and wedding shirts that are available in our women’s and plus size departments. The collection also included shirts that say ‘Team Bride,’ ‘Mrs.’ and ‘Bride.’ These shirts are intended as a fun wink and we have received an overwhelmingly positive response from our guests.”
People are upset over Target’s “Trophy” shirt, but my wife is an attorney… So can someone purchase me one in an XL? #TrophyHusband
— Troy Hughes™ (@TommySledge) July 22, 2015
An excerpt from the “Stop Selling Sexist ‘Trophy’ Shirt That Demeans & Objectifies Women” petition follows.
“The word ‘Trophy’ is described in the English language as ‘any THING’ taken in war, hunting, competition, etc., especially when preserved as a memento; spoil, prize, or award- anything serving as a token or evidence of victory, valor, skill, etc. I wish I could reference this as a piece of history, or just some story line in the latest Mad Max movie- that this practice no longer exists, but the truth is that millions of women and young girls are taken as ‘trophies’ every year in war, sex trafficking, slavery, and rape.”
What do you think about the Target Trophy T-shirt?
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