What Target’s gender neutral signs have done to me
(Warning: Adult language and possible graphic content, it depends on how you feel about the term butt hurt)
In the beginning this was going to be a long-winded post on Facebook, but I decided too many of my precious friends might get butt hurt when they read this so I posted it on my blog. “Why?” you ask thinking that they might read this.
I know them, they won’t and if they do let them get butt hurt.
I can’t even. I’ve written and rewritten this post a lot over the last month. I can’t sit here and watch some of the bullshit I see come across my page without boiling over with anger. For the most part I keep my mouth shut, but today I had it. Some one asks during a debate over Target removing their Boys/Girls labeling on the toy department “why go against the social norm?”
Are you completely blind to what bucking the system has done for our religious freedoms, our freedoms as women, our freedoms as a human race? Sure it’s not perfect, by any stretch, but it’s better than it’s ever been.
My way of seeing things is different. I want people to be allowed to be people. Who cares who your neighbor is sleeping with. Unless it’s under your roof, bugger off. Who cares if a boy plays with a doll or a girl plays with tool set. We’re fucking this one life up. We’re fucking it up bad and it scares me. If your biggest worry of the day is “why mess up the social norm?” then you’re doing it wrong. You’re doing it all wrong. There are people in countries on this very same planet that can’t say that without fear of death. And no, that’s not an exaggeration. Have you seen North Korea? No, you haven’t. Not like it really is.
I almost quit Facebook, lots of times in the last month. So, here’s the plan. I’m going away for a while. I’ll come back in time for my birthday in September. Twitter and Instagram will be posting on my behalf. I’d do away with Facebook all together, but I have a business to promote on it.
I will leave you with a parting thought – If you’re more worried about a store removing a sign than you are about the starvation happening in another country because of a dictator then we are doomed.
Question: Why do we waste so much energy fighting the things we can’t change than trying to fight the things we can? Answer: Change scares us.
Get off your ass and go do something. Anything. So protest that sign change at Target, write them a letter, start a petition, do whatever it takes. Just don’t waste your breath if you don’t mean it.