Target recently sparked an outcry among many of its customers when it announced that all of its bathrooms and fitting rooms were open to any customers and employees based on their self-determined "gender identity" regardless of their biological sex. In other words, Target said it would not stop a man dressed as a man from entering the women's restroom.
For some customers, they are upset about Target saying gender doesn't matter, but for many others, their primary concern is the safety of women and girls from male predators who would now have easier access to them.
According to Fox News, the Texas attorney general has similar concerns.
In a letter to the CEO of Target, Ken Paxton wrote, “It is possible that allowing men in women’s restrooms could lead to criminal and otherwise unwanted activity. As chief lawyer and law enforcement officer for the State of Texas, I ask that you provide the full text of Target’s safety policies regarding the protection of women and children from those who would use the cover of Target’s restroom policy for nefarious purposes.”
In other words, give me some assurance that you’re not just letting anyone into the women’s restroom without question.
Walker Wildmon of the American Family Association, which has gathered 1.1 million signatures for its “Boycott Target Pledge,” praised the Texas AG, saying, “What he’s asking in this letter is exactly what we’ve been asking Target to answer. What about women and children? What about men who pretend to be women and go into these bathrooms just so they can prey on women? It’s fabulous that someone in leadership in our country is stepping up to the plate and asking the tough questions that need to be asked.”