Ahead of Pride Month, Target partnered with a brand name called TomboyX to create and sell compression tops, which are marketed toward ‘trans-children’, as a less restrictive version of a chest binder, utilized to flatten a woman’s breasts and help in a ‘social transition’.
The TomboyX partnership includes undergarments like chest binders, loading underwear, bras, and kid shorts. Target has likewise partnered with a brand called Humankind to create unisex swimsuits. Both brand names specifically appeal to the LGBT community. Target’s choice to partner with brands that stabilize LGBT clothing is destructive to the health of American youth. Naturally, Target is a private business and can do whatever it desires, but that doesn’t mean it will not be controversial.
There are two issues with Target‘s new organization endeavors. It’s something for Target to sell bras and another for a brand to sell clothing simulating chest binders, but for a big-box corporation to integrate the two and offer unisex swimwear and compression tops or chest binders stabilizes the idea that gender is either androgynous or fluid.
The website Bustle has lauded Target for this woke initiative: “As binders and gender-affirming swimsuits are notoriously difficult to find (particularly in extended sizes), this accessible drop will make shopping for everyday garments much easier.”
Target reps have confirmed that this collection marks the first time the retailer has stocked compression tops in stores—a huge move for queer youth who wouldn’t regularly have access to gender-affirming products. The moment was not lost on customers, who have been flooding Twitter with celebratory posts.
All of the brand-new garments are marketed particularly at trans youth, which is a small part of the population. LGBT youth is not yet mainstream. If one-third of the swimwear area is filled with unisex swimwear, it interacts that possibly one-third of youth are LGBT– they are not, nor do they require to be. Showcasing these products as if teens everywhere have actually been looking for a chest binder or unisex post of clothing grossly overstates the number of LGBT youth, stabilizing these products for kids who are not their target market. This surpasses a requirement to represent a population that claims to be marginalized.
This is an outright effort to stabilize something about which most teens can not relate. Given that most children feel comfortable with their biological sex and experience opposite-sex attraction, where is the messaging that it’s okay to be male or female, masculine or womanly, and heterosexual? Male and female sexes are regular, excellent, healthy, and a part of orthodox society.
The second issue is that Target is particularly normalizing chest binders, a short article of clothing that is extensively questionable. When The New York Times asked for feedback on chest binders from individuals who wear them, the responses showcased their possible damage.
One teenager wrote, “Binders tend to be used as a temporary solution to the problem of having breasts and cannot be worn at all times. During exercise they can restrict breathing, and back and chest pain can come from wearing them for more than about eight hours at a time. You should also never sleep with a binder on.”
A 20-year-old wrote in and said, “The longer I used binding, the more I could feel my body deteriorating. The physical pain got worse but so did the emotional. Slowly I began living a life where I couldn’t not bind. The initial euphoria of flatness turned into never being able to get flat enough. My body aches every day, I no longer have the lung capacity I once had, and my ribs have inverted. I fear breaking one when I sneeze.”
A 2017 study discovered that numerous trans-identifying individuals who took part in chest binding “experienced at least one negative health outcome from binding including pain, overheating, and shortness of breath. Fifty even reported rib fractures.”
Transgender activists might examine these quotes and research study and claim this is exactly why surgery to shift is essential. Studies and science show that transition procedures are harmful, especially to youth.
The chest compression garment Target sells is expected to be less limiting than a chest binder, but with this history, why would Target purposely offer something that is hazardous to youth to get brownie points with activists? This appears both disingenuous of Target, at best, and at worst, another mainstream effort to stabilize and push androgyny or gender fluidity onto unwary young people.
H/T The Daily Signal