Why this letter is different...
by Jeffrey - Posted Wed October 25, 2006 @ 11:19 AM
...from the "Carry clothes for larger women" letters.
In the end, "carry clothes for old dudes" is the same as "carry clothes for larger women." It's a request to stock clothes that appeal to an audience that it's being well served by the stores. In the end, Target is going to decide who their target (no pun intended) audience is and they'll focus on that. Letting them know that, yes, you'd buy there if only they carried clothes for you is a good thing.
OK, so what's different.
First, let me caveat that when I say "carry clothes for larger women letters," I'm not referring to the topic. I'm referring to SPECIFIC examples I've read here at PF.
What's different is that, unlike those SPECIFIC examples, this is a request/suggestion and not a demand.
Chris doesn't claim that he's being discriminated against. He doesn't indicate that Target is at fault for his body image.
It bothers me when I see someone make claims that Target is harming them or is discrimating because they don't cary XYZ. If Target isn't making money on plus-sized clothes, they are free to drop them. If Target isn't making money on clothes people people in my age bracket, then it's their decision.
So, while Chris does joke about body image, he doesn't pin it on Target. He doesn't demand.
Even his "distressed" comment comes off as a bit of funny self-deprication, as opposed to "I've been victimized because I don't have a skinny body."
It's all in how you word things, people.