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Target Made Me Cry

Posted Tue April 11, 2006, by Karen M. written to Target

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I went to the Target on Marburg Ave in Cincinnati, Ohio where I have had luck in the past finding plus sized pajamas and lingerie. I notice the plus sized clothing was down to one rack against the back wall and there was not ONE option for pajamas. It is extremely difficult for any woman to find a bra, but I found the Maidenform Self Expressions bras to be perfect. They are well made as they have metal rings on the shoulder straps as opposed to the plastic ones on all others that easily crack. Target has stopped carrying this bra above a C cup!! Not only did I break down and cry in the store, but I had nightmares all night about never being able to find a bra again. It may be a bit of a dramatic reaction, but I feel that Target is being discriminatory and sneaky. I felt shamed. To slowly edge out an entire size range makes me feel like my years of loyal patronage are not appreciated and you would rather not have my business as I don't fit some new image Target wants.

I want Target to bring back reasonable choices for Plus sizes. I specifially want lingerie and pajamas. I do not believe this is not profitable. Target was one of the few places that sold REAL clothes in plus sizes.


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by Tanya Leffler Posted Thu June 29, 2006 @ 2:51 AM

First of all, I completely agree with Karen. I was actually online
looking for this bra because I could no longer find it anywhere, and
my google search pulled up this string!

I am with you, sister!

Secondly, there are some real dumbasses responding to your post,
Karen. I realise that a lot of smaller women do not know what big
women go through to find clothing. To state "well, there are stores
for larger sizes..." Um...yeah. There are like two in the city (2
million people) I live in. Woo. I mean, that is soo helpful.

But hey, gals, there are TWO stores to pick from! Quit your whining!

This seems to be more of the "shut up, fatso" mentality that is
really a symptom of our sick society.

I can hear the response to that, now..."Well why don't you just stop
eating, then you'll fit into normal clothes."

Guess what, women...

the average size of an American woman is 14-16. That's right. And
not because we're all getting too fat, but because that is a normal
woman's healthy body size (depending on height--I'm 5'10").

So...if only two stores in the city specialize in clothing for women
over size 16...and half of the women are that size and up...you do the


So, call me fat, call me abnormal, tell me to quit whining, tell me
I'm some kind of femmanazi or something...blow me off if you need to.
Just remember that you can choose not to buy into our culture's
anti-women messages. You don't have to play the game.

You will have to look really hard for cothing that fits, though.

by Canonguy20d Posted Sun May 14, 2006 @ 10:58 PM

Excuse me luv, but are you serious? I just love target and would hate
to have to black list them as well as walmart! Cheer up doll - there
are brighter days ahead!

by theresa126 Posted Mon April 24, 2006 @ 3:53 PM

Hey, sweetie, I hope there is more selection at another Target store
in Cincinnati, or at target.com. I know things can hurt in a way that
is not logical.


Karen, this just reminded me of something by Venice Wed April 26, 2006 @ 12:20 AM

by Sava Posted Sun April 23, 2006 @ 7:17 PM

I understand your desire to have the store bring back more plus-sized
items. However, crying over it? Nightmares? That's some pretty high
drama. Could it be that maybe the lack of selection in your size is
emphasizing your own insecurities/displeasure over your weight?

There are other stores that carry Maidenform, and probably have the
ones you want, or check online.

In the meantime, I would contact Target about possibly carrying more
plus-sized items, but skip the drama and present your case rationally.

by MemoryBurner Posted Sun April 23, 2006 @ 6:17 AM

they do have stores specifically designed for +sized women

by Cubjunkie Posted Sat April 22, 2006 @ 6:39 PM

I order my bras through hanes their just my size bra line. Pay a
little extra but I love these bras. I would marry these bras if I

You think you got a beef with Target? How about me and Spiderman? He
made me gay! (anyone remember that site a few years back?)


I do! by Iconophiliac Mon May 1, 2006 @ 5:36 PM

by Robertson Posted Fri April 21, 2006 @ 5:47 PM

I don't understand all of the crying. Ok, so Target phased out your
bra size. Well, get a grip. I'm a plus sized gal as well and have
found that over the years many stores have phased out bra sizes over a
C and you know what I do? I go out and find another store that carries
my bra size! Plus, the internet has THOUSANDS of online shops that you
can find bras for plus sized gals. Instead of crying and acting a
fool, buck up, and find a solution for pete's sake! I'm glad I wasn't
present at your water works, grow up.


Thanks :) by Iconophiliac Fri April 21, 2006 @ 6:14 PM

by N Posted Thu April 20, 2006 @ 6:47 PM

Hmmm... you are being way too emotional.
I do agree that they shouldn't just carry smaller sizes.

by Buddy Posted Thu April 20, 2006 @ 5:18 PM

So, when's this drama going to air on Lifetime?


by Iconophiliac Posted Thu April 20, 2006 @ 4:56 PM

Something interesting I just realized. There are both plus-sized
posters and petite-sized posters on here.

In general the plus-sizers believe they have a valid complaint, and
will complain to try and get stores to stock their sizes.

In general the petite-sizers just realize the store does not stock
their size, so they simply do not feel they need to complain, and just
shop at a store that will carry their size.

There has to be a connection to something here.


You are on to something... by Ree Thu April 20, 2006 @ 9:35 PM

Actually things are slowly changing by Iconophiliac Fri April 21, 2006 @ 6:39 AM

Anorexic by Venice Fri April 21, 2006 @ 4:06 PM

Yeah my mom was worried too, by Iconophiliac Fri April 21, 2006 @ 6:18 PM

I think in the case of... by Venice Thu April 20, 2006 @ 11:42 PM

Another interesting point by Iconophiliac Fri April 21, 2006 @ 6:32 AM

Not really... by Happy1974 Fri April 21, 2006 @ 3:21 PM
by Sarah Anderson Posted Thu April 20, 2006 @ 9:23 AM

So is Lane Bryant discriminatory because I, being a size 1, cannot
shop there? Or Chadwicks? Or The Avenue, which by the way, I love?
Seriously, get a grip.


Get a grip Anderson by Tanya Leffler Thu June 29, 2006 @ 2:56 AM
by MemoryBurner Posted Wed April 19, 2006 @ 5:04 AM

why would you cry just because they didnt have plus sized bras? just
go to a different store....gosh


by Erik van Zaareschinij Posted Tue April 18, 2006 @ 4:02 AM


by lovescats Posted Sun April 16, 2006 @ 3:56 AM

Please get ahold of yourself. I can understand crying out of
frustration but that won't help your problem. The best way to feel
better is to solve the problem.

I had a similiar thing happen to me and I was really unhappy but I did
not take it personally. The plus-size style I had worn for many many
years was discontinued. First I wrote a nice letter to the
manufacturor (you can wirte to the store) to see if they were going to
replace it with another similiar style. When they said no I went on
the prowl for something as close to the original as possible.

I never found anything as good but I did find a couple of things that
worked pretty well. I then wrote another letter telling the
manufacturer nicely they lost a long time customer. I realize it
probably didn't make much of a difference to them because it's all
about what works for them sales-wise but it made me feel better.

Don't let things like this upset you.You may even find something


by mstendardo Posted Fri April 14, 2006 @ 8:59 PM

Get a grip!!! What a drama queen!!!


by Venice Posted Fri April 14, 2006 @ 1:30 AM

I really didn't think too much about this letter until I saw that
there were so many replies, so I read it again.

You obviously depend upon Target for affordable clothes in your size,
and then realized they were starting to phase them out. Seeing that
they also discontinued your bra size was probably the last straw. And
then you lost it. For whatever reason, you reached the end of your
rope that day. I can see that happening. I really can.

Maybe you lead a stressful life, and one of the things you relied upon
was now being taken away, meaning you would have to start all over
again looking for places to get what you need at a price you can
afford. I would probably choose to scream, but you chose to cry.
Everybody's different.

As far as nightmares are concerned, I can assure you I have had
crazier ones than that. We have no control over what we dream (at
least I don't think we do). You probably had it on your mind when you
went to sleep. I can't tell you how many times I've had something
similar happen to me. I certainly don't wake up thinking there's
something wrong with me. On the contrary, it's probably quite normal.

Your only mistake was taking it personally. I am surprised that stores
like Target and Sears are doing away with plus sizes, but I know there
can only be one reason for such a decision, and that's MONEY! Trust
me, it has nothing to do with you or anyone else who needs large

I actually think your letter (and the one written to Sears) is a good
idea. If enough women request plus sizes, it might make these stores
rethink their decision. In the meantime, there are lots of good
suggestions in the comments here. It might take a little extra effort,
but maybe you'll find things you like even more than what you were
buying in Target.

Happy shopping!


Venice - you are a class act by tickytack Fri April 14, 2006 @ 7:59 AM

Well...thank you! by Venice Fri April 14, 2006 @ 8:53 PM

I agree w tickytack. by John S Fri April 14, 2006 @ 5:21 PM

I also thank you by Venice Fri April 14, 2006 @ 9:02 PM

Thanks by girlafraid Sat April 15, 2006 @ 1:07 AM

I guess in a way... by Venice Sat April 15, 2006 @ 6:11 PM

Look forward to your replies by Jackie B Mon May 1, 2006 @ 9:33 AM

by nick l Posted Thu April 13, 2006 @ 12:24 PM

I can sympathize if you're upset that Target doesn't carry bras in
your size, but you have to be about the biggest drama queen I have
seen here (and that's saying something)

Do you honestly expect us to believe you started sobbing at the store
and then had nightmares afterwards because you couldn't purchase the
bra you wanted? Just be honest, you threw that bit in so we'd all feel
sorry for you.


It worked for some by tickytack Thu April 13, 2006 @ 4:15 PM

by mary jo Posted Wed April 12, 2006 @ 4:33 PM

Some of you need to grow up and realize that just because something
isnt a big deal to you doesnt mean it isnt to someone else.

If it was a poorly written letter and you wanted to tear it apart for
that, thats one thing. If it was a silly complaint full of outrageous
demands and you wanted to attack it for that...thats another thing.

But attacking someone's mental stablility because of how they shared
their feelings and emotions, whether they are emotions you would feel
or not, is just sick.

If you dont like that...tough.


Nicely said by vc Wed April 12, 2006 @ 6:35 PM

Is this directed at me? by Queen of Quite a Lot Wed April 12, 2006 @ 8:09 PM

Um...no. by mary jo Wed April 12, 2006 @ 8:24 PM

Understood. :-) by Queen of Quite a Lot Wed April 12, 2006 @ 8:38 PM

Mary Jo by Brenny Wed April 12, 2006 @ 10:01 PM

No one said by tickytack Thu April 13, 2006 @ 9:58 AM

Re: by Brenny Thu April 13, 2006 @ 11:07 AM

: ) by tickytack Thu April 13, 2006 @ 11:13 AM

Hey by Mr. Mafia Thu April 13, 2006 @ 4:13 PM

With all due respect, stating an opinion by tickytack Thu April 13, 2006 @ 4:26 PM

Whoops -typo - I meant "empathize" by tickytack Thu April 13, 2006 @ 11:17 AM

Right on mary jo! by John S Fri April 14, 2006 @ 5:18 PM

by Queen of Quite a Lot Posted Wed April 12, 2006 @ 4:30 PM

I'm not sure why this experience caused you to react the way you did,
but I seriously think you should talk to your doctor about possible
clinical depression. In my own experience, it doesn't always take
much to become sad or angry at a seemingly trivial thing.

I don't think Target is trying to ignore a growing portion of its
clientele. It probably has more to do with what brings in profits. I
imagine that other departments of the store are more profitable. And
anyway, considering the increasing number of stores that cater to
plus-sized women, you're likely better off purchasing clothing at
those places. When it comes to clothing, you definitely get what you
pay for.

I, too, am a plus-sized woman who can't purchase lingerie in most
department stores. Lane Bryant's catalog has a great selection of
reasonably-priced clothing and undergarments that you can't find in
the stores. (I would avoid the Venezia undies, though. I found them
to be of inferior quality to Hanes or Jockey.) The URL is

The best place for a plus-sized woman to buy undergarments is Just My
Size, a sister company of Hanes whose target clientele is plus-sized
women. Although JMS specializes in undergarments, you can also buy
clothing, sleepwear, and swimsuits and not spend a fortune. JMS sells
most of the best-known bras, such as Bali, Glamorise, Playtex, and, of
course, Just My Size. I've been able to purchase Playtex and Just My
Size bras for less than $15 each.
I shop from the Web site, but you can also find stores in some outlet
centers. The URL is http://www.jms.com/

If you prefer to shop at a department store for clothing, try Kohl's
or JC Penney. You won't be able to purchase a bra at these places,
but you can take advantage of the sales to find some good-quality
plus-sized outfits at a reasonable price. If there's a JC Penney
outlet store near you, it's an excellent place to look for outfits.

If for some reason you like more expensive clothing, try Elisabeth.
Elisabeth is my favorite place to shop for clothing when the items are
on discount. If you can take advantage of 50%-off sales or clearance
items, you can get some beautiful clothes for a reasonable price. The
company also sells socks and hosiery. (Elisabeth is the plus-sized
arm of Liz Claiborne.) The URL is http://www.elisabeth.com/ Foley's
also sells some clothes from this line. If you shop on the Internet,
Elisabeth offers free shipping for orders over $150.

If you're looking for casual wear, try Old Navy. Although the
selection is limited, I've been happy with the tops I bought from the
Web site. The site often has sales on tops, bottoms, footwear, and
undies, plus very reasonable $5 shipping on all orders. It's a sister
company of the Gap, so you know the clothes will last.

Hope this helps.


Wow! by olie Wed April 12, 2006 @ 5:22 PM

That was a fabulous reply by tickytack Thu April 13, 2006 @ 6:21 AM

TARGET MEDE ME CRY by Glor Thu April 13, 2006 @ 7:31 AM

Excellent reply! by Jackie B Mon May 1, 2006 @ 9:38 AM

by tickytack Posted Wed April 12, 2006 @ 9:06 AM

Wow. You have serious issues if this made you cry.

How is this discriminatory? Maybe they used to stock them and they
didn't sell well.

Nightmares? Unbelievable. You seriously need help.


I don't know... by dragonflygrrl Wed April 12, 2006 @ 10:23 AM

I agree - to an extent by tickytack Wed April 12, 2006 @ 10:35 AM

I used to feel bad by Iconophiliac Wed April 12, 2006 @ 10:21 PM

Excellent point by tickytack Thu April 13, 2006 @ 8:10 AM

Misplaced "discriminatory" by Iconophiliac Thu April 13, 2006 @ 8:15 AM

You really are cruel by mary jo Wed April 12, 2006 @ 11:27 AM

Mary jo by tickytack Wed April 12, 2006 @ 12:34 PM

Someone Needs a Nap by Aleyria Wed April 12, 2006 @ 1:11 PM

Obviously not herself by tickytack Wed April 12, 2006 @ 1:18 PM

Yeah, wow by Iconophiliac Wed April 12, 2006 @ 10:19 PM

Thank you by tickytack Thu April 13, 2006 @ 6:25 AM

You're probably right. by Iconophiliac Thu April 13, 2006 @ 8:19 AM

Exactly by tickytack Thu April 13, 2006 @ 8:59 AM

Whoa there! by dragonflygrrl Thu April 13, 2006 @ 10:25 AM

Thanks by tickytack Thu April 13, 2006 @ 10:44 AM

Oh, we know by Iconophiliac Fri April 14, 2006 @ 12:51 PM

Thank you. by tickytack Sat April 15, 2006 @ 1:34 PM

Something I've noticed.. by Iconophiliac Sun April 16, 2006 @ 1:00 PM

Just so you know by mary jo Sun April 16, 2006 @ 1:36 PM

So then don't read them by Iconophiliac Sun April 16, 2006 @ 4:10 PM

Absolutely by tickytack Mon April 17, 2006 @ 8:24 AM

Oh, one more thing by tickytack Thu April 13, 2006 @ 10:13 AM

Just a reminder... by Ree Fri April 14, 2006 @ 1:51 AM

Umm...OK. by dragonflygrrl Fri April 14, 2006 @ 11:07 AM

I don't know... by Ree Fri April 14, 2006 @ 2:08 PM

Thanks Ree by mary jo Fri April 14, 2006 @ 2:45 PM

Mary Jo by dragonflygrrl Fri April 14, 2006 @ 2:57 PM

Other than the apology... by Venice Fri April 14, 2006 @ 8:31 PM

Also, by Venice Fri April 14, 2006 @ 9:04 PM

Yeah I don't apologize by Iconophiliac Fri April 14, 2006 @ 7:26 PM

No one by tickytack Sat April 15, 2006 @ 1:40 PM

You might want to go back by tickytack Sat April 15, 2006 @ 1:37 PM

I'm not a dream expert by Iconophiliac Sat April 15, 2006 @ 2:49 PM

Well, the way I see it.... by Ree Mon April 17, 2006 @ 8:41 AM

Dramatic emphasis by tickytack Mon April 17, 2006 @ 9:23 AM

Dramatic Emphasis II by Iconophiliac Mon April 17, 2006 @ 10:08 AM

Part III by tickytack Mon April 17, 2006 @ 10:27 AM

Actually, no...it doesn't make sense by Ree Mon April 17, 2006 @ 7:16 PM

No, this applies by Iconophiliac Tue April 18, 2006 @ 7:23 AM

Actually... by Ree Tue April 18, 2006 @ 6:55 PM

No one is... by tickytack Wed April 19, 2006 @ 8:24 AM

Exactly by Iconophiliac Wed April 19, 2006 @ 5:21 PM

by amastyle Posted Wed April 12, 2006 @ 7:28 AM

I don't know how big your Target store is, but at mine they have at
least 8-9 racks of plus size and some on the back wall. Now I know
that this isn't a huge selection but compared to the amount of room
for the regualr sizes, it is proportional. Also maybe you hit the
store at a time that most plus-size clothing was clearanced. I also
know that sometimes bras and lingerie are discontinued, but will be
available again within a few weeks.
Did you ask anyone about the selection or just take it like it was?


by EricMV Posted Tue April 11, 2006 @ 11:23 PM

Whether it's "discriminatory" or not is academic, since it is
perfectly legal almost everywhere in the country to discriminate based
on size or weight.

However, considering our nation's increasing collective obesity, it
seems like a terrible business decision for any clothing store to
reduce it's selection of larger sizes. You would think they would be
moving in the opposite direction.


Re: Target Made Me Cry by mary jo Tue April 11, 2006 @ 8:56 PM

Probably because by tickytack Thu April 13, 2006 @ 8:12 AM

by Iconophiliac Posted Thu April 13, 2006 @ 8:20 AM

I mean it sincerely. I was going to post something like this but
didn't want Mary Jo to start attacking me like she did you. lol.


by tickytack Posted Thu April 13, 2006 @ 9:20 AM

What some insecure whining lout has to say to me on a public forum. I
mean, she's clearly got problems that need to be addressed.


Seriously... by mary jo Thu April 13, 2006 @ 8:31 AM

Mary Jo, by Iconophiliac Thu April 13, 2006 @ 8:56 AM

Oops, I thought you were replying to my post by Iconophiliac Thu April 13, 2006 @ 9:00 AM

Outback Steakhouse by tickytack Thu April 13, 2006 @ 9:25 AM

If I were you by tickytack Thu April 13, 2006 @ 9:19 AM

she has some nerve, by Iconophiliac Fri April 14, 2006 @ 7:23 PM

But didn't you realize? by tickytack Sat April 15, 2006 @ 1:38 PM

Oh right! Why didn't realize that? by Iconophiliac Sat April 15, 2006 @ 4:53 PM

Wow by tickytack Mon April 17, 2006 @ 8:18 AM

*smiling* by Iconophiliac Mon April 17, 2006 @ 8:28 AM

LOL! by tickytack Mon April 17, 2006 @ 9:28 AM
by L E Posted Tue April 11, 2006 @ 7:55 PM

When you have a large bust, cheap bras are just not an option, they
can't provide the right support. You're better off going to Lane
Bryant (they have bra sales all the time), where I found the bras may
cost twice as much, but last 3 or 4 times longer.


by S. Brown Posted Tue April 11, 2006 @ 2:02 PM

Crying in a store like Target, having nightmares over the fact that
they discontinued the size of bra you like and feeling shamed is way
over the top - - and this situation is not discriminatory or sneaky -
- it's business. Obviously for whatever reason the bra in plus sizes
did not sell well enough to the masses for Target to continue stocking
this item.

Did it ever occur to you that Maidenform may have stopped
manufacturing this bra in your size and the high drama situation isn't
Target's fault at all?


Please be kind by girlafraid Tue April 11, 2006 @ 2:42 PM

Another thought by S. Brown Tue April 11, 2006 @ 3:34 PM

Q-tip!!! by JuliePie Wed April 12, 2006 @ 12:35 PM

Not to be rude by tickytack Wed April 12, 2006 @ 9:07 AM

Which are very expensive by mary jo Wed April 12, 2006 @ 4:39 PM

Mary jo by tickytack Wed April 12, 2006 @ 4:45 PM

My question by tickytack Thu April 13, 2006 @ 12:47 PM

by AngelaMN Posted Tue April 11, 2006 @ 1:32 PM

I'm not plus-size, but I am a D/DD, and I wouldn't buy a bra at

I have to tell you... if you're anything larger than a C cup, Target
isn't the place to go bra shopping. If you're a plus size gal and
have a large bra size, you really should bite the financial bullet and
go to a decent department store (Macy's, Nordstrom, Bloomingdale's,
etc.) (or go to a reputable lingerie shop (NOT Victoria's Secret)) and
get fitted for a bra that really fits you well.

And Target probably isn't being discriminatory, but rather perhaps
found that that line of clothing wasn't selling well. Target is about
one thing: the bottom line. Have you tried Lane Bryant? When that
store first came to malls, I didn't even know it was plus-size
clothing because the clothes were cool.


Maidenform by girlafraid Tue April 11, 2006 @ 1:59 PM

A Suggestion by S. Brown Tue April 11, 2006 @ 3:03 PM

I just did a search for Maidenform... by JuliePie Wed April 12, 2006 @ 12:30 PM

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